Scott urges more to sign up to the new GT3-B class for the 2011 season

6 03 2011

Aaron Scott

Scott wants more to follow his lead into the new GT3-B class

SURREY speedster Aaron Scott has thrown his weight behind the new GT3-B class and urged other British GT drivers to follow his lead and sign up.

Scott, 32, a British GT ‘veteran’ having first raced in the series in 2003, is the first and so far only driver to sign up for the new GT3-B class which allows older specification cars to run.

Whilst the top GT3 class has been boosted by a number of new entries, GT3-B has only Scott and his team-mate John Dhillon in a MTECH Ferrari F430 confirmed.

Scott told British GT: “I think it’s a great concept, relatively cheap racing for drivers in a car that is not far off the performance of the latest GT3 cars. It’s got to be an excellent way in to British GT.

“I hope there will be more cars – it’s up to the organisers to bang the drums and tell everyone about the new class. There are certainly enough cars that could race.

“It’s great to see new drivers, teams and cars in British GT. It looks like the best season since 2008 when there was a fantastic grid.

“That year I raced the Viper and we had a lot of podiums, fastest laps and a pole position at Silverstone so I’m hoping this season will be like that in terms of how competitive we will be.”

Despite older machinery, Scott wants to be fighting outright for race wins and has worked hard over the winter to get in shape for the longer endurance events.

Aaron Scott's Dodge Viper

Scott enjoyed British GT success in the Dodge Viper

He explained: “I want to win the new GT3B class for sure and, personally, it would be nice to get amongst the new cars to remind the teams that I can win outright in British GT.

“In all honesty that will be tough as the older spec 2008 is not up to the performance of the new machinery but I love a challenge!

“I’m used to the longer endurance events, I do a lot of races each season and I think that helps a lot. It’s the best form of training you can do.

“I think with experience you have to think less about driving the car and have the mental capacity to think about the race and how to get the best from the package you have.”

The 2011 season sees a revision to the rules with more endurance races on the calendar and a new pit stop time penalty which Scott believes will keep the competition interesting.

He said: “I like the endurance races and so do the teams, it’s a unique challenge and that is what GT racing is all about.

“I keep pretty fit; you have to do in this job. You have to use your head as a driver to manage the tyres but in essence they will still be sprint races and you’ve got to go flat out if you want to win.

“I like the idea of pit stop penalties, that keeps the races even and open and I’m sure there will be lots of different winners in 2010.”