Why British GT?

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Everyone's got their own little quirks. Putting milk in before you put the tea in your cup. Tapping all of your pockets to make sure you've definitely got your wallet and keys. But loving GT racing isn't a quirk, it's a pleasure. And British GT is an excellent place to find some great racing.

First of all, thanks to the fact that it's run by the immense sports car intelligence of the Stephane Ratel Organisation it attracts some of the big names of the sports car racing world. Race winning manufacturers of all kinds have come in - Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Ginetta, Lamborghini, McLaren, Porsche are all race victors over the years in a pretty non exhaustive list. The machines are real head turners too - and for the engine buffs there's a range of varied hardware from V6 turbos to raging V12s. It all adds to the atmosphere when the cars are out on track.

The chromatic blue of the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin of Mark Farmer/Jon Barnes in action out of the Old Hairpin. © P. Richardson

Then we have the drivers. This is a series for both gentleman drivers and seasoned professional racers. We've had some great names in this championship. Nick Tandy famously leaped out of his race winning GT3 Porsche into a nice ride at Le Mans with the Porsche 919 - which he promptly won! The bronze graded drivers are not just there to make up the numbers, they are serious competitors too, and are no less impressive to watch out on track than some of the full time racers. There's a big pool of talent out there to take stock of - and it's entirely possible to go from a bronze grade to a silver one based on your pace!

Abbie Eaton ploughs on in her #60 EborGT Motorsport Maserati MC Gran Turismo in the Pro GT4 qualifying session at Snetterton. © P. Richardson

Each race will be guaranteed to be different as the Balance of Performance adjusts following every race for each car to equalise performance and try and keep the field close together. There have been some real nailbiters previously - if you need an example, Jann Mardenborough stole victory in the Nissan GTR from Jonny Adam's Beechdean Aston Martin Vantage V12 at Brands Hatch in 2012 by .022s after a 2 hour race. You can't really ask for more than that can you?

This is only a small flavour of what there is to enjoy. We hope that some of the photos and articles that appear here bring you more as time goes on.

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