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Finding The Balance
The BGT Revises Its Driver Pairing Penalties

The SRO’s decision to refuse an entry to RJN’s Nissan GT Academy cars in this year’s British GT Championship has certainly sparked much debate across the internet (some of it informed and considered comment, much of it not) and it continues to do so, as testified by a lively debate on last night’s Midweek Motorsport on radiolemans.com. However, that decision is merely one consequence of the organisers’ efforts to establish a clear Pro-Am format in the series, as evidenced by changes to the driver pairing penalties in the 2013 provisional regulations:

‘A’ category driver, driving together with ‘C’ category driver will carry an 85kg weight penalty for GT3 entries and 60Kg weight penalty for GT4 entries. Alternative weight penalty or time penalty may be imposed to specific entries.

'B’ category driver, driving together with ‘C’ category driver will carry a 75kg weight penalty for GT3 entries and 50Kg weight penalty for GT4 entries. Alternative weight penalty or time penalty may be imposed to specific entries.

'C’ category driver, driving together with ‘C’ category driver will carry a 65kg weight penalty for GT3 entries and 40Kg weight penalty for GT4 entries. Alternative weight penalty or time penalty may be imposed to specific entries.

(A - Platinum; B - Gold; C - Silver)

In 2012, the corresponding weight penalties were 55, 40 and 0 kg, although two Silver drivers racing together incurred a four-second additional pitstop penalty.

With the organisers actively looking to discourage non-Pro/Am pairings at the entry stage, the above penalties are likely to come into force only in the case of mid-season driver regradings.  

The 2013 regulations remain subject to ratification by the MSA.