Howard steps down from Bri­tish GT

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Dou­ble Bri­tish GT cham­pion An­drew Howard has ruled him­self out of re­turn­ing to the se­ries next sea­son, but has ev­ery in­ten­tion of keep­ing his Beechdean AMR team in GT3.

Howard, who lifted the GT3 ti­tle in 2013 and 2015, split his rac­ing be­tween Bri­tish GT3 and the GTE class of the Euro­pean Le Mans Se­ries this year. How­ever, for next term Howard will step back to­tally from Bri­tish GT, and will in­stead con­cen­trate on the run­ning of the Beechdean team.

Beechdean plans to field cars in both GT3 and GT4, with Howard’s ti­tle-win­ning Van­tage GT3 avail­able along­side two GT4 cars.

“There are two sides to Beechdean AMR, what I do per­son­ally, and what the team does to de­velop other driv­ers, and next year the de­vel­op­ment takes pri­or­ity,” said Howard.

“I cat­e­gor­i­cally will not drive in Bri­tish GT next sea­son, but we want the GT3 car to stay on the grid so we’re look­ing for driv­ers. GT3 is still a huge cat­e­gory, and the Bri­tish GT ti­tle is still the most pres­ti­gious na­tional ti­tle in Europe, so there will be GT3 cars on the grid and it will be tight.

“This year I found it dif­fi­cult jump­ing be­tween the GT3 and the GTE, so next sea­son I’ll fo­cus solely on GTE as we’re gun­ning to win a Le Mans 24 Hours en­try.”

Howard added that his team­mate for this sea­son, Ross Gunn, was an op­tion for the GT3 car for next sea­son and that Great Bri­tish Bake Off star Paul Hol­ly­wood was also in talks to re­turn.

“Ross is a ris­ing star and we want to help him build a fu­ture in GT rac­ing,” Howard added. “Paul’s rac­ing will be dic­tated by his work sched­ule, but hope­fully he will be back out with us next sea­son in some ca­pac­ity.”

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