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British GT Welcomes More Newcomers
At Rockingham And Silverstone

Next Monday sees the first of two May rounds for the British GT Championship, with a field of 33 expected on the banks of the Corby circuit for the two-hour race. This number is, however, expected to rise beyond 40 for the Silverstone 500 on May 26 as a number of guest entries are lodged and other cars begin their seasons late.

For Rockingham, the BGT will welcome Von Ryan Racing to the series, with Grégoire Demoustier and Duncan Tappy teaming up in a McLaren MP4-12C; rekindling a partnership that saw them take the Pro-Am win at the Blancpain Endurance Series finalé at Navarra last October in an ART McLaren. The French driver also raced with United Autosports' Alvaro Parente in a Hexis McLaren in last year's FIA GT1 World Championship and has been upgraded to Silver status for 2013. With his teammate being Gold, this means they become the fourth pairing to incur and additional 75kg of ballast.

“We’re on the back foot big time," admitted Dave Ryan, Team Manager. "We’ve never been to Rockingham as a team, but we’ve driven past it though; that’s all part of the fun. Duncan knows the circuit and has raced and tested here before, but Greg hasn’t been here before and needs to get familiar with it.

"From what we know it is a tough track, very hard on tyres. The team will only meet each other properly when they get to the track too, so we’ve got our eyes open to what kind of challenge it will be. I’ve heard great things about British GT, it sounds like a neat championship, and we’re going to go out to do as well as we can this weekend.”

Silverstone is scheduled to see the debut of the Team Nigeria Racing Eagle Audi and also the GPRM Toyota GT86 GT4. In addition, Stark Racing returns for a one-off outing with Ian Stinton's Ginetta G55 GT3, while none other than ProSpeed Competition makes its BGT debut with Charles Espenlaub and Charlie Putman.

“I am really looking forward to running with ProSpeed at Silverstone in British GT," said Espenlaub. "We did our first laps on a test day at Silverstone in March and I loved the track instantly. Very easy to see why it is a world famous track; its reputation is well deserved. Also, I cannot wait to be racing in British GT; the competition looks extremely fierce. Three hours at Silverstone among the best teams and drivers in the world, I will be needing a few pints after that… good times.”

“We are running the British GT race at Silverstone because our ‘American’s Adventure in Europe’ had to include the best tracks of Europe," added Putman. "Silverstone is certainly a must-do on that list! It will be an honour to get to race at this distinguished and historic track with some of the most distinguished sports car drivers in the world. The ProSpeed team has made our transition to the east side of the Atlantic a fun experience, and just reminds me of how much we racers and race fans are all alike, regardless of what country we call home.”

"I’m really pleased to be back, if only for one race," said Stinton. "I couldn’t miss being part of such a big grid at the home of UK motorsport. With the wedding planning going very well and my business having a fantastic first four months of the year, I had to be there. The car will be a 2012 spec G55, but as it’s a 3-hour race we shouldn’t be at much of a disadvantage over the 2013 spec; we won’t have ABS or traction control, so driver skill will be key.

"I believe it will be a really good weekend and we are bringing 50 customers to experience the thrills of British GT and promote my businesses services and products, I can’t wait.”

As well as the Toyota, GT4 will see the addition of a Blendini Moto Ginetta G50 to its ranks at Silverstone - Rory Bryant and Anthony Rodgers taking the wheel for the rest of the season - and the addition of the Avon GT4 Cup field should take class numbers to somewhere in the neighbourhood of 15.

“The British GT GT4 class is a cost effective way for the team and lead sponsors, Scott & Co, to be involved in a high profile championship that offers a good step forward for both drivers' careers," said Bryant. "We hope to contest the full season in 2014 to challenge for the GT4 championship, so this year is primarily about gaining experience at this level to hit the ground running in 2014. Anthony and I have had success in other series winning championships and many races, so the goal for this season has to be podiums and race wins towards the end of the year."

Finally, FF Corse will be fielding a Ferrari 458 Challenge in the Invitation Class at Silverstone. Drivers have yet to be confirmed, but DSC believes that they will be Jacques Duyver and Charlie Hollings.

“Adding ProSpeed is a big coup for us," said Benjamin Franassovici. "We have a strong selection of Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, McLaren and Audi teams racing with us already, so adding more depth to our ranks can only be a good thing. The Silverstone event has evolved significantly and with live television coverage for the entire race guaranteed, we’re hopeful of reaching more eyes and getting more people to our events over the second half of the season. Ultimately we’re trying to add to what we do to benefit the championship and our customers, the competitors, the most. We're hoping to be able to announce an entry list of over 45 cars in the coming weeks.”