Series Information - British GT Championship

The 2013 British GT Season

The British GT championship showcases the most prestigious and stylish sportscar grid of any national motorsport championship in the world. The 2016 season will visit six UK venues with one international event held at the Belgian circuit, Spa-Francorchamps.

For the fans, the British GT Championship offers a spectacular motorsport experience. With glamorous supercars racing bumper-to-bumper, ground-shaking noise, breathtaking speeds and all the drama of pit stops and driver changeovers, the race experience is one not to be missed.

 

The classes:

GT3
Closely reflecting their road-going equivalents to keep maintenance costs to a minimum, GT3 specification racecars allow limited alterations to suspension, engine and bodywork. Including such cars as Audi's R8 LMS, Ferrari 488, Porsche 997 GT3 R, BMW Z4 GT3, McLaren 650S, Mercedes's AMG SLS GT3, Ginetta GT3, Aston Martin's V12 Vantage, Bentley Continental GT3, Lamborghini Huracan GT3

Since 2011 the GT3 B class has been introduced to allow for slightly older spec GT3 machinery to compete. Including such cars as Ferrari 430, Aston Martin DBRS9.

GT4
The GT4 category includes an abundance of GT4-homologated cars, the closest class of road car to race car you can find. The category provides exciting cars such as the Toyota GT86 GT4, Lotus Evora GT4, Aston Martin Vantage GT4, Ginetta G55 and the all new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, McLaren 570S and the Maserati GT MC GT4

GTC
This class is generally made of one-make championship cars, such as the Porsche Cup and the Ferrari Challenge, regulated by power to weight ratio. Changes of bodywork material and sizes may be granted, for example rear wings may be fitted, subject to the eligibility scrutineer's approval.

 

INVITATION
This class will be for cars selected by the organisers that do not comply with the regulations GT3, GT4 or GTC.

 

Championship points


The British GT Championship features two additional scoring classifications in GT3 and GT4 classes (ProAm and Silver Cup Classifications)

Points are awarded as follows in each class:

1st 25, 2nd 18, 3rd 15, 4th 12, 5th 10, 6th 8, 7th 6, 8th 4, 9th 2, 10th 1.

For races of two hours of more, points and a half are awarded:

1st 37.5, 2nd 27, 3rd 22.5, 4th 18, 5th 15, 6th 12, 7th 9, 8th 6, 9th 3, 10th 1.5.

There is also a spearate points awarded for the Blancpain Gentleman Classification

Time Penalty

Time Penalty will be added to the first three cars in each class after each race. It will be applied during the mandatory Pit stop in the following race.

 

Licence requirement & driver grades


All drivers must hold a racing licence of at least International C grade.

Drivers are categorized into groups A, B, C or D according to their experience and successes.

ProAm Class (D plus A or B or C) and Silver Cup Class (C + C)

Grade A drivers may partner only with drivers from category D  (A drivers will carry plus +15Kg).

Grade C drivers partnered with fellow Grade C drivers (Silver Cup Classification) will carry an adjustment defined by the GT Bureau to balance Silver Cup cars to race at equal pace to ProAm 

 

Race distances


Twin-race meetings will feature two separate one-hour races, with three to four endurance events each hosting a single two-hour race and a one off three-hour endurance race, where the option of three drivers per car can be permitted at the organisers discretion.

 

Pit stops


All races feature a mandatory 'driver change' pit stop. In the 1 hour races it must be carried out between 25 and 35 minutes and will be of a minimum specified duration. In the 2 hour races, where stops would usually include refuelling, the pit stop will be of a longer minimum duration; teams are free to call when to stop, but the minimum drive time for one driver is 50 minutes on track. The three-hour race permits drivers to race a maximum 100 minutes and minimum 40 minutes, with three mandatory pit stops during the three-hour race.

 

Tyres


All cars must use Pirelli tyres. There is no restriction on the number of wet-weather tyres.

 

Fuel


All cars must run on a control fuel. Since March 2015, the control fuel supplier has been Sunoco Fuel


Regulations and Commercial Undertakings

The full regulations and commercial undertakings for the 2016 British GT Championship may be downloaded from the 'downloads' section of the website or by requesting them via the 'contact' page.