British GT - Media Day 2017
A brief summary of what was on show at snetterton
For once, the spring weather in Norfolk was kind to the SRO and the sun shone on the new 2017 field. We've seen a few of the new machines for this season out to play today at the official Media Day. A current total of 31 cars are registered for 2017 season and we could see more yet out on track as the season goes on.
The reigning champs in GT3 - Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam are back in the #1 TF Sport Aston. Sadly, we didn't get to see the #11 of Farmer/Barnes out today. But TF Sport will no doubt be up at the front of the field again!
The #6 Barwell entered GardX Lamborghini Huracan is driven by Liam Griffin and BTCC escapee Sam Tordoff. Tordoff is still getting used to the speed difference between the Huracan and his BTCC BMW, but he looked to be going well!
The Nissan 370Z made it's first track appearance in UltraTek colours. Richard Taffinder is joined by former IndyCar driver Martin Plowman in Godzilla's little brother. It'll be up against stiff competition in the GT4 class this year.
The Black Bull Garage59 McLaren passes the HHC Motorsport #55 Ginetta of Stuart Middleton & Will Tregurtha. The McLaren team have doubled up their GT4 entry this year, Rabindra/MacDonald in #59 and Mitchell/Haggerty in #100.
One of the two Team Parker Racing Bentleys for this year, this the #7 of Ian Loggie and Callum McLeod, who become full time after two wildcards last year. The #31 car will be driven by title hopefuls Rick Parfitt and Seb Morris.
EborGT returned to the British GT flock today - so far the #60 is only confirmed to have ex Aston man Matty Graham driving after he impressed the team at their very first test. Second driver will be confirmed shortly!
The familiar pink on Tony Gilham's Team HARD cars was seen again, here on the #36 of Newbould/Caine. The #63 car has now been changed slightly to accomodate Matt Chapman, an ex Ginetta junior, alongside Sam Webster.
How's this for a size difference? The Team Parker Racing Porsche #66 of Jones/Malvern is back in natty blue and black this year, with full GT4 spec upgrades from Porsche. Behind it lurks the large and loud #33 AmD Mercedes AMG GT3 of Mowle/Ratcliffe
If there was any question over what the most popular new car is this year, this will answer it. Here we have the McLaren 570S GT4s of In2Racing (#14, #29) and track-club (#72), to accompany the 2 Garage 59 entries, and the one from Tolman.
The new Century GT4 entry of Steven Fresle/Jacob Matthiasen was in full livery today, complete with the Danish flag for Matthiasen over the rear quarter. Patriotism is a fine thing on a racing car.
Although it may not be fully liveried up, the new Ginetta GT3 was out with its new engine, sounding great as it pounded along the straights of Snetterton. Here we have the #19 car to be raced by Parker Chase and Charlie Robertson.
The striking purple and grey livery on the Tolman Motorsport McLaren looked great in the sunshine. This year David Pattinson and the (now slightly more bearded than usual) Joe Osborne will be driving the #56 GT4 entry.
The Hesketh-inspired livery on the MacMillan Racing cars is always good to see. Here's the new GT3 #24 for Jack Mitchell and James Littlejohn. It will be interesting to see how the team will fare with the V12 this year after successes in the V8 GT4.
The season is now only 3 weeks away from its true start at Oulton Park on Easter weekend. The Cheshire track is a million miles away from what Snetterton is circuitwise, and if anyone were to read form into today, it would all be turned around on the hills, dips and bumps of Oulton. We'll put out a preview closer to the first round with more on what to expect.