The series’ 27th campaign maintains the trend of recent seasons by featuring more cars than ever before.
Although one-off entries have occasionally resulted in larger grids at specific events, this year’s full-season total across GT3, GTC and GT4 surpasses the previous SRO Motorsports Group era record of 36 set in 2018 and 2014. It is also believed to be the largest since the championship was established in 1993.
Only circuit restrictions have prevented British GT from accepting even more cars this year. However, that hasn’t stopped organisers assembling another varied entry list, which comprises 10 manufacturers across its three classes.
14 GT3s built by seven manufacturers (both the biggest numbers to contest British GT’s senior class’ since 2016) are confirmed. Five of those models – the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3, Bentley Continental GT3, Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, McLaren 720S GT3 and Porsche 911 GT3 R – are available to customers for the first time this year, while the BMW M6 GT3 also makes its British GT debut in 2019. Indeed, only the Mercedes-AMG GT3, which comprises just 14% of the top class, has previously raced in the UK’s national GT championship.
There’s also a wealth of talent in GT3, which features drivers with a combined total of 13 British GT titles. Reigning champion Jonny Adam will be eager to extend the GT3 and overall wins record beyond his current 14 while also monitoring the progress of Phil Keen who remains just one behind. Victory for Adam or any of Aston Martin’s other three entries would also move it level with Porsche on the list of most British GT3 wins by a manufacturer, which stands at 33.
Meanwhile, the GTC class also returns full-time to British GT for the first time since 2013 courtesy of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and WPI Motorsport, which will evaluate its GT3 graduation as the season progresses.
Elsewhere, the popularity of GT4 shows no sign of abating thanks to a record-equalling 23 cars and eight manufacturers. Four models – the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4, Ford Mustang GT4, KTM X-Bow GT4 and Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport – are either brand-new for 2019 or have never previously contested a British GT round. A ninth manufacturer could also join the full-season entry list before Oulton Park opens the campaign on April 20 & 22.
With GT4 champion Jack Mitchell and runner-up Ben Green graduating to GT3, the stage is set for new contenders to emerge. Reigning Pro-Am title winners Nick Jones and Scott Malvern head the current list of eight Pro-Am crews, while 13 are registered to contest the Silver Cup. Just three of GT4’s 23 driver line-ups remain unannounced.
Further entries across all three classes are expected to race at Silverstone, Donington and Spa-Francorchamps.
Oulton Park kicks off British GT’s seven-round, nine-race 2019 campaign on Easter Bank Holiday Weekend (April 20 & 22).