With the opening round of the 2017 approaching at a tremendously rapid pace, we've had yet more GT4 entries onto the list for the new season. Today saw the announcement that Century Motorsport will be running the biggest team in the paddock this year with the addition of 2 GT4 cars. One for Anna Walewska and Ginetta works driver Mike Simpson, and one for BritCar graduates Steve Fresle and Jacob Mathiassen. Walewska has shown some strong pace throughout 2016 alongside Century boss Nathan Freke, although luck got the better of them at times throughout the season. Simpson steps into the GT4 car having previously driven the older-spec Ginetta G55 in the GT3 class and a season or two in the prototype G57. Mathiassen and Fresle hop into the G55 after racing in the endurance-based Britcar championship, where they were runners up in their class, so definitely no slouches.
Last week we also saw confirmation of 2 more baby McLarens in the GT4 class, and this time it was the big hitting Garage 59 squad who are returning with the pacey young Scots Sandy Mitchell and Ciaran Haggerty. With two race wins under their belt last year, they've proven already that they have the capability and experience with the car will surely help them in a fight for GT4 honours this year. Joining them will be karting ace Dean MacDonald and F3 racer Akhil Rabindra, who will be taking their first big steps into the GT racing world. If the progress of Mitchell and Haggerty is anything to go by then these two may be climbing the order by the end of the year.
Also confirmed in the GT4 class is the second driver for MacMillan Racing's Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4. The car that last year propelled Matty Graham and Jack Mitchell to a couple of podiums is now piloted by Dane Jan Jønck, cementing and re-inforcing a long standing relationship between Astons and Danish drivers. Jønck partners Will Phillips in the Aston, and like Rabindra in the McLaren moves up from the series' single seater partner, British F3. Time will tell if British GT develops its own "Dane Train!"
Goggleboxing the GTS
FrontRunner TV have secured rights to broadcast the entire GT season live on television - and in even better news for UK viewers, the coverage will be available to Freeview viewers as well. The coverage will include 6 of the 7 rounds shown live - the exception being the July round at Spa, where Belgian broadcasting regulations prevent the channel from airing live footage. This will mean that like 2015 the championship will be aired to a wider audience and hopefully, generate more interest in the championship, as well as providing something else worthwhile to watch on a Sunday afternoon!