British GT Championship – Silverstone International – Preview
A Welcome Back To Old Friends

There should be 27 cars lining up on the grid for the first of two one-hour races on the International circuit at Silverstone this weekend – the second visit to the home of British motorsport this year.

All four titles are already decided – Kinch and Kirkaldy and Scuderia Ecosse in GT2, Masarati and Deverikos and Tech 9 in GT3 – so let’s look elsewhere, to see what’s different this time.

How about the return of Shane Lynch, Ian McKellar and Matt Griffin?

dailysportscar.comWith Allan Simonsen racing in Australia this weekend, Hector Lester has invited (almost 2003 British Champion) Shane Lynch (left) to join him in his GT3 Ferrari 360. Has Shane still got his ‘GARDA’ Ford Transit, his regular transport to the races in 2003? Simonsen has played a very significant part in placing he and the car owner in second place in the GT3 driver points:
Masarati & Deverikos 83
Lester & Simonsen 54
Bryant 51
Britnell 50
Ahlers 40 etc.

So it’s Morgan against Ferrari against Porsche this weekend, to try and secure the runner-up spot in the class. Tech 9 leads Team Aero 77 to 49 in GT3 team points, so that is all done and dusted already – with Damax on 38, so still in with a chance of P2.

Ian McKellar joins James Murphy (ex-F Ford, F Renault etc.) in the Tech 9 Porsche, the championship winner. It will be a treat to see the Essex man back in the British GT Championship, after providing masses of entertainment in the past in the likes of GNM Saleens (2002 Champion of course) and the Speed 12.

2005 GT3 Champion Piers Masarati is in a non-points scoring Trackspeed invitation class Porsche, with Tim Harvey in another (RPM) 911 in the same class, and Ryan Hooker in another.

The Trident Iceni R makes its debut in the same class, with Alan Bonner and Enzo Mucci at the wheel. It’s going to be fascinating watching this diesel-powered car perform.

In the GT2 Class, it’s a huge welcome back to Matt Griffin (in the Emotional Engineering Monaro), who suffered very serious injuries in a nasty accident at Goodwood earlier this year, while coaching a driver in a Ferrari.

dailysportscar.com“I’m pretty much fully fit. I broke my left leg very badly, and it’s still very stiff, but I’ve been doing a lot of gym work, and swimming. If it was my right leg I’d be in trouble, but with the sequential gearbox on the Monaro, there’s not much for my left leg to do.”

Griffin is joined by James Brodie this weekend. Having got the big V8 onto the tail of the GT2 cars earlier this season, the Irishman is looking forward to proving what the Vauxhall can do, several months later. Here he is during his championship year, 2003, with Pat Pearce.

The GT2 battle, as in GT3, is for runner-up position – but with the teams' looking pretty much all sorted already, Scuderia Ecosse on 106, Embassy on 54 and Eurotech 38. Embassy is testing today, Thursday, so that's a sign of the team's desire to secure second spot (for its drivers).

The drivers' is much more open:
Kinch & Kirkaldy 106
Niarchos & Mullen 61
Collins & Cunningham 54
Jordan & Caine 52.

With two one hour races, there won’t be time for Chris Niarchos to stop for a pee this time……

 

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