British GT Championship
In 2009 there were six 1 hour races and two 2 hour races. The premier class is for GT3, which in Ferrari terms means you start with an F430 Challenge and have a kit of parts fitted by Kessel Racing in Switzerland. This includes bodywork, front radiator conversion, rear wing, different 5&6 gear ratios, Sachs 4-way dampers, steel brakes, 18” (smaller) wheels and more. In 2009 there was a further upgrade to a 4.5 litre engine and six speed dog ‘box to make a 430 GT3 into a 430 Scuderia. The “guide price” for this upgrade is €100,000..... In the UK, the cars must run on Avon control tyres, slicks and wets. Each car has a specified minimum weight and “success ballast” is applied according to results.
Britcar GT Championship
The Britcar GT Championship 2009 was for competitors participating in closed or open roof cars but these cars must have closed bodywork round the wheels. The championship is open to FIA GT2, ACO and British GT Championship GT3 Cars, other GT4 cars, Modified Sports Cars and Modified Production Saloon Cars. All are acceptable subject to approval by the organizers.
The 2009 Championship operated in three classes into which cars were allocated according to weight/power ratio. Britcar 1 was 2.6kg/hp, Britcar 2 2.8kg/hp and Britcar 3 3.4 kg/hp. Weight is easy to measure, but the clever bit is measuring horsepower by means of an on-board power-logger which must be carried and operating at all times. This system means that the rest of the technical regulations can be remarkably free, though there are specific regulations for certain cars such as the Moslers and the regs are tweaked if any car looks to be gaining an advantage. All cars must run on Dunlop tyres.
In 2009 32 teams and around 70 drivers took part. Marques raced included Porsche, Marcos, Lotus, Aston Martin, Mosler and Ginetta. Only two Ferrari teams scored in the championship, one of which, the MJC Ltd Team of Witt Gamski (another ex FOC racer) and Keith Robinson won it in a Class 2 F360 GT3 (click here for their video from the final race). The MTECH F430 GT of Duncan Cameron and Mike Edmonds was fourth overall and second in Class 2
The self-avowed aim of the GT Cup is to encourage drivers into entry-level GT racing; professional drivers are not eligible. It is basically open to all cars which can be described as GT as per the MSA Yearbook, but which must be on the organiser’s list of acceptable cars. Each car must be registered as a specified make and model and year of manufacture and be standard for such except for any modifications expressly permitted by and declared to the Series Organiser. Minimum weight and maximum power and torque is set for individual race cars models and checked during the year. A system of success ballast is employed. The cars must run on Pirelli tyres.