2017 British GT Rounds 7 and 8 at Spa-Francorchamps
20 GT4 cars have now arrived at the famous Ardenne’s Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium for the 2017 British GT rounds 7 & 8 away race happening this weekend. The circuit was designed in 1920 by Jules de Thier and Henri Langlois Van Ophem, the original triangle-shaped course used public roads between the Belgian towns of Francorchamps, Malmedy, and Stavelot. Today it still retains its unique shape, however now has no involvement with public roads and has been named as one of the fastest circuits, which has gained favouritism from a lot of drivers.
Rounds 7 & 8 are promising to be thrilling, such as with a new entry from Ebor GT’s Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4, which has made its first British GT start since Donington Park’s 2016 season finale. Our very own Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing sponsored team have also made quite a few changes this year, rookies Adam Hatfield and Benjamin Wallace will make their first appearance representing an all-Silver line up of the Team HARD-run Ginettas. Their second car will be driven by 2014 GT4 champion Jake Giddings who came back to the squad following his Snetterton cameo as replacement for Sam Webster.
For the first time in a while a second Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport will also appear on 2017 British GT’s Spa grid courtesy of Delahaye Racing and Alexandre Viron, at the moment they compete together in the Le Mans Cup. Viron is joined by fellow Am Emmanuel Orgeval.
With top five drivers not being too far apart when looking at their points so far, an unexpected switch around the board is being anticipated. Alex Reed and David Pittard are currently in a first place lead by 3.5 points from Adam Balon and Adam Mackay, who failed to gain point in round 3, but managed to bring it back home in third round and gain podium lead. 2 points behind stand the championship’s youngest participants, Stuart Middleton and William Tregurtha, the two teenagers have managed to scoop up impressive points from the first round, showing some especially exceptional performance in rounds 3 & 4.
Catch Rounds 7 & 8 this Saturday.
Channel 4, BT Sport and Motorsport TV will all broadcast highlights of both races.