Avon Tyres British GT Championship rumbles into Rockingham

 

The Avon Tyres 2015 British GT Championship continues at Rockingham Motor Speedway this weekend, 2 - 3 May 2015, almost a month after the 2015 series kicked off at Oulton Park.

The championship's first of a pair of two-hour races this season will take place at the calendar's most aggressive track – the banked oval course at Rockingham.

The second round of the Avon Tyres-backed championship will also mark a new record for the championship, with four female racers in the series.

Anna Walewska will co-pilot The University of Bolton's' Ginetta G55 in the GT4 class alongside Rob Garofall. Walewska joins Chloe and Jade Edwards, plus Jamie Chadwick as the quartet of female drivers and will complete the remainder of the 2015 season with Garofall.

Avon Tyres has been the title sponsor of the British GT Championship since 2006, the same year in which Rockingham joined the series calendar.

Rockingham is the second in the series of seven races, of which six will be held at iconic British race tracks, with the mid-way point marked by a race at the world famous Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.

As the UK's newest racetrack, having only been opened in May 2001, Rockingham is known for its unique quadrilateral shape and is one of only two oval speedways in Europe. The track's banked corners and abrasive track surface demand a lot from tyres, with extreme temperature, wear and load.

This year, the Northamptonshire circuit will see 32 pairs of drivers take on the challenges of racing on parts of the oval and the tricky infield section. The true test of skill will be which teams can achieve a setup that prevents excessive drop off in performance.

Avon Tyres Motorsport General Manager, Paul Coates, said, "Rockingham is the fastest banked racetrack in Europe and that makes it an entirely unique circuit style in the UK. The high speeds that can be reached on this track in addition to the angled banking always make for an exciting race, but this also means that tyre choice is paramount to success."

The new Avon race tyre for 2015 has been optimised to perform more consistently in the harsh conditions offered at Rockingham, so it is expected that lap times will be quicker here than previous years.

The Corby circuit will host a two-hour race on May 3. On Saturday, two practice sessions will take place, along with two qualifying sessions. Sunday's race commences at 13:25.

Currently Oman Racing teammates Liam Griffin and Rory Butcher are atop the GT3 Championship, while Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson are equal first in the British GT4 table.