New Secure Racing Aston Martin wants fans to crack the code at Brands Hatch

3 06 2011

Secure Racing's livery will feature a coded message for fans to crack

Secure Racing's livery will feature a coded message for fans to crack

A NEW British GT team will mark its debut at Brands Hatch in two weeks with an innovate fan competition.

The Secure Racing Aston Martin GT4 will feature a hidden, coded message as part of the livery to be unveiled at the Brands Hatch meeting on June 18/19.

Designed by one of the world’s largest security consulting firms, PWC, the code will feature on the car and the challenge for spectators is to crack the code to win a chance to sit alongside one of the drivers round the track.

Fans of the series who cannot get to Brands Hatch will also have the opportunity to crack the code with pictures of the Aston Martin posted on their website and on Twitter.

Leeds-based British GT debutant Chris Holmes, 24, one of the Secure Racing Aston Martin GT4 drivers told the official website: “It’s a great competition and a great prize. We are looking forward to involving a lot of people in it who might otherwise not be following British GT.

“It’s the first time I will have raced a car with a roof, and I am super-excited about it.

“I have tested the car and I know that the guys from Barwell Motorsport, who will be preparing the Aston, know what they are about, so I am hoping we will be there or thereabouts with the pace from the outset.”

Team-mate Peter Erceg will also make his series debut at Brands Hatch having had Porsche Club racing experience and races in the GT3 Challenge.

Confirmation of Secure Racing’s Aston Martin entry brings the total of different manufactures in the GT4 class to four, alongside KTM, Ginetta and Lotus.

The GT4 has been hotly contested this year with wins for both the ABG Motorsport KTM X-Bow of Belshaw/Clutton and the Century Motorsport Ginetta of Rattenbury/Wakefield.

Championship manager Benjamin Franassovici welcomed Secure Racing to British GT: “It is great to see GT4 flourishing in this way; to have four different marques represented is very pleasing. I know that Peter, Chris and the Aston will be a very competitive prospect.”





British GT debutant Bridgman can’t wait for Oulton opener in Trackspeed Porsche

21 04 2011

British GT debutant Bridgman has had success in multiple championships

British GT debutant Bridgman has had success in multiple championships

HOT prospect Tim Bridgman can’t wait to make his British GT debut at Oulton Park on Saturday 23 April as he lines up in a Trackspeed Porsche alongside teammate Gregor Fisken.

Bridgman was a member of the BRDC’s Superstars programme last year and moves within the Porsche setup from the Porsche Supercup to Trackspeed’s Porsche 997 GT3R.

The 25-year-old has won titles in Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Formula Palmer Audi, Formula BMW UK and Zip Formula and is aiming for a strong performance in the car which took the British GT championship in 2010.

He said: “I’m obviously very pleased to be joining Trackspeed alongside Gregor for what looks set to be one of the most competitive seasons of the British GT Championship for many years.

“I’m also excited to be continuing my relationship with Porsche.  Since its launch last year, the 997 GT3R has enjoyed success around the world and, with a strong car, a strong team and a strong co-driver I think we have every chance of continuing that trend this season.”

Fisken, whilst an experienced racer, is gearing up for his first full season in British GT having split his time between the historic car calendar and the national series in 2010.

And Fisken, who spoke exclusively to BritishGT back in March about his hopes for the performance equalisation for the Porsche, is pleased to have a confirmed teammate with so much promise.

He added: “I’m delighted to have joined Trackspeed for my first full season in British GT. The team has a race-winning pedigree and I’ll be working hard to ensure that continues in 2011.

“I’m also very pleased to welcome Tim Bridgman as my team-mate. With four motorsport titles already under his belt, Tim is one of the UK’s most exciting young racing drivers and he has proven his speed in Porsches before. I have no doubt that will continue this year.”

Trackspeed are defending champions having taken the title with David Ashburn last year and are looking to repeat the feat for 2011, with top class Porsche driver Richard Westbrook partnering Ashburn in the other 997 GT3R.

Trackspeed hope the Fiskens sponsored Porsche will be a 2011 challenger

Trackspeed hope the Fiskens sponsored Porsche will be a 2011 challenger

SRO have performed the equalisation tests and this should give the Porsche a level playing field as they take on the might of the new Ferrari 458, Audi R8 and Mercedes SLS.

Team Manager, Keith Cheetham concluded: “We’re very happy to have signed both Gregor and Tim for this season and with Richard Westbrook and David Ashburn in the other car I firmly believe that Trackspeed has the best driver line-up in the paddock.

“The Porsche 997 GT3R is a strong car and, presuming SRO’s equalisation test for the new entries has been successful, I see no reason why we can’t repeat our success of 2010 and win the title.”





ABG Motorsport and Chad Racing confirm driver line-ups ahead of Easter opener

13 04 2011

Mallock and Ladas will pair up again the KTM X-Bow

Mallock and Ladas will pair up again the KTM X-Bow © Jakob Ebrey

TWO new team line-ups have been confirmed ahead of the Easter Monday British GT season opener in a fortnight’s time at Oulton Park.

The official British GT site confirmed the ABG Motorsport pairing in the GT4 class.

BritishGT exclusively revealed last month that Mallock was close to signing a deal and it has now been confirmed he will race alongside Greek driver Athanasios Ladas in the KTM X-Bow.

The pair won the two races they competed in last year and will be hoping for more in the coming season.

Mallock told the official site: “ABG will be running the car and Peter Hignett runs a very good outfit, so I’m feeling very confident about the year. Ladas and I won both races last time out; hopefully we’ll carry on our one hundred per cent win record.”

The second confirmed pairing sees the return of Chad Racing who ran at Silverstone last year. Iain Dockerill will partner ex-BTCC racer Steven Kane in a Ferrari 430 Scuderia which will sport a distinctive green livery.

Lead driver Dockerill told the official site: “The 430 is a proven commodity, unlike the new 458, and I think that that will be an advantage for us.

“The field is looking extremely competitive for 2011 and with a lot of new cars it’s all very unpredictable.

“We are hoping for some good results and, above all, to enjoy our racing.”





Mallock close to signing a contract to return to British GT for 2011 season

25 03 2011

Mallock drove the KTM at Rockingham in the British GT last year

Mallock drove the KTM at Rockingham in the British GT last year © Jakob Ebrey

MICHAEL Mallock is close to agreeing a deal to return to British GT racing after an eight year absence from the series.

Mallock, 28, who had a contract to drive in Europe for 2011 before it collapsed leaving him in the lurch, is now at the final stages of agreeing terms for a drive in British GT Championship.

He revealed to BritishGT: “We’re working with certain teams who need a pro driver and are sorting out the finer details as to who can get the sponsorship in place to put me in the car.

“It’s all getting quite late but as always these things are down to finance, everyone is looking to secure the money that is required to get me in.

“We’re working very hard and I’m certain I’ll be doing something in British GT and will be on the grid at Oulton, I just don’t know in what and who with.”

The Northampton racer had one taste of the series at Rockingham in the KTM X-Bow last year but apart from that has been out of British GT for eight years and is keen to get back racing on home soil.

He said: “It’s a great series and seems to be really thriving at the moment with some fantastic entries and I think it will be a very close competition all the way through the field and it’s something I’m very keen to return to, especially doing more racing back on home soil.

“Silverstone GP is always a favourite of mine. I’ve always enjoyed racing there and gone pretty well but I really enjoy the majority of the UK circuits.

“The last few years I’ve predominantly been racing in Europe so I haven’t actually had much opportunity on the UK tracks but I’m looking forward to the prospect of going back to places like Donington and Oulton.

“The UK circuits are very different to the ones on the European continent, they’re a lot narrower, bumpier and undulating and generally have a lot more character.

And Mallock is relishing the new longer races introduced for the 2011 season as endurance racing has been in his family for years.

He added: “I’ve always been a fan of endurance racing, my family is involved in motorsport and my earliest memories are of watching my dad in sports cars races at Le Mans and that sort of thing.

“Endurance racing is kind of in my blood and it’s something that I’ve always been a lot more interested in than sprint races.

“Certainly Le Mans is the goal and I enjoy the mid-distance endurance events a lot more than the half hour races.”

Mallock is also in favour of the new time penalty that has replaced the weight ballast as he feels it will make the competition fairer and more exciting viewing.

He explained: “Obviously if you are a driver in a competitive team and you’re winning races having any sort of penalty isn’t ideal but I think from an entertainment and spectators point of view it makes things a lot better.

“Instead of having cars disappearing into the distance, the time penalties will bring other cars back into play and you’ll see people having to fight their way back through to the front.

“The problem with weight is that the amount the weight affects cars is different. So a 40kg penalty in a KTM which is only 800 kgs hurts a lot more than it does in say an Aston Martin which is 1400 kgs.

“That has always been my issue with having weight penalties so I think time penalties will work well for all sides and should definitely spice up the racing.”





Century Motorsport confirms Ginetta G55 pairing for British GT 2011 GT3 category

23 03 2011

Ginetta G55 in action

Ginetta ran the new G55 at the Media Test Day at Silverstone (racecarbuzz.com)

CENTURY Motorsport have confirmed they will run a pair of new Ginetta G55s in the top GT3 class for 2011 British GT season.

The new version of the popular G50 will be driven by Freddie Hetherington and Formula Renault BARC speedster Jake Rattenbury, who is close to signing the deal a month ahead of the season opener at Oulton Park.

Team boss Nathan Freke, an ex-Formula Ford and Ginetta G50 Cup champion, told Motorsport News: “We’ve wanted to step up from GT4 for a while and the introduction of the new car gives us a perfect chance to do that.”

“This would be a learning year because the car is still going through the homologation process and would be up against some serious machinery.

“But Ginetta has some upgrades planned for the middle of the year that would bring the car up to the pace.”

Hetherington is no stranger to success in the British GT with three victories in the GT4 last year as well as competing in the Ginetta G50 Cup and can’t wait to make the step up to GT3.

He said: “The G55 is everything the G50 was and more. It would be a big step up for me to go up against some of the best drivers in the UK in my second year of racing, but I’d love the challenge.”

The second pairing is unconfirmed but it is believed GT4 regular Ian Stinton is being lined up alongside karting graduate Mike Simpson.





Adam and Howard to race Aston Martin DBRS9 in 2011 British GT

3 03 2011

The Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS9

The Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS9 (Pic: BritishGT)

EX-BTCC driver Jonathan Adam has been confirmed alongside Andrew Howard to drive an Aston Martin DBRS9 for the 2011 British GT season.

Highly-rated Adam, 26, will form a driver pairing with 2009 British GT podium finisher Howard, in the Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS9.

Adam, who drove an Airwaves BMW in the 2009 BTCC but did not have a full-time seat in 2010 is relishing the chance of racing competitively again.

The Scot, who won on his sports car debut in 2010 driving a Ginetta G50 at Knockhill, told the official website that he was excited to be challenging in the British GT.

He said: “We tried to do BTCC but we couldn’t get the funding. It’s good to be back and I’m excited about doing British GT.

“I shouldn’t have too many problems getting used to the car.

“There are a lot of new cars so it will be a tough year, but I can’t see why we can’t challenge for regular podiums and finish in the top three or four in the championship.”

And with more driver announcements due in the next week, team-mate Howard is optimistic about the strength of the field for the 2011 season.

He added: “The field looks the strongest it has been for many years.

“Although the Aston is getting on a bit it is incredibly reliable and, at the right tracks, still a very fast car.”