WHAT THE TEAMS SAY

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Mark Lem­mer, Bar­well Mo­tor­sport

“These changes are ex­actly what Bri­tish GT needs as cur­rently it risks get­ting to a level where it alien­ates al­most all of the am­a­teur driver mar­ket. We have works-grade teams and driv­ers here, with only a hand­ful of Ams able to be part of that setup. The new struc­ture takes away the need for ev­ery­body to get in the fastest pos­si­ble driver. Also from a sil­ver driver point of view, GT3 is hard to break in to for younger driv­ers as they don’t have the pro­file to land a seat with a gent straight away, and many can bring bud­get to race. I can see this open­ing the class up to many more driv­ers and teams.”

An­drew Howard, Beechdean AMR

“Am­a­teur driv­ers are a big part of this cham­pi­onship and al­ways have been, and the changes keep them firmly in the pic­ture with the in­creased driv­ing time and the Bronze-bronze class. Bri­tish GT3 is the best and most com­pet­i­tive do­mes­tic GT cat­e­gory in Europe, so it will al­ways have the ap­peal to driv­ers, but many find it too in­tim­i­dat­ing or fi­nan­cially un­achiev­able in the cur­rent struc­ture. These moves make sense to bring more peo­ple in and it will help ris­ing stars like Ross [Gunn], who would be a per­fect fit as a sil­ver driver along­side an Am.”

Martin Short, Team ABBA with Roll­cen­tre

“I’m re­ally pleased to see a drive to­ward Bronze pair­ings, as gents have been the lifeblood of GT rac­ing. The is­sue cur­rently is that as a gent if you want to win you have to fork out around £300,000 to hire a fac­tory driver and you pay 100 per cent of the bud­get. Be­ing two Ams you can share that cost evenly, and sud­denly, at £150,000 or so per sea­son, GT3 be­comes a much more at­trac­tive op­tion.”

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