The Avon Tyres British GT Championship draws to a close at Donington Park circuit this weekend, with both the GT3 and GT4 titles set to be decided at what is certain to be a thrilling end to the 2013 season.
Just 21 points separate the top seven drivers in the GT3 standings after what has been a remarkably close and competitive season of British GT racing.
Leading the way for the Beechdean AMR Team is Andrew Howard, who heads into the final championship round with 107.5 points, just half a point clear of the Écurie Écosse pairing of Olly Bryant and Marco Attard.
Just five-and-a-half points further down the road is Howard’s team-mate, Johnny Adam, while reigning champion Michael Caine and his Oman Air Motorbase team-mate, Ahmad Al Harthy place fourth with 97 points.
Nick Tandy – who, along with team-mate David Ashburn, has tasted victory three times so far this season – lies in fifth with 93 points. Behind Tandy, four drivers are tied on 86.5 points, demonstrating just how close the 2013 season has so far been.
Title contenders and other series regulars are also set to be joined by a host of new entries for the final weekend. Phil Burton and Adam Wilcox return to the British GT grid at Donington; the duo will drive the CCTV-AMR Aston Martin for the season, bringing the number of GT3 Vantages on the British GT grid up to four.
Also joining the GT3 mix this weekend are Jacques Duvyer and Charlie Hollings, who will contest the final round in an AF Corse-run Ferrari 458 GT3.
In the GT4 ranks, it is the Ryan Ratcliffe/Rick Parfitt Junior pairing that tops the tables with 146 points, 12.5 points clear of Declan Jones in second. Matt Smith and Dan Eagling lie in third place, 22 points shy of the championship leaders.
The GT4 class also welcomes a host of new faces for the final round, including 21-year-old single-seater star, Richie Stanaway and up-and-coming Briton, Harry Whale who will get behind a GT4-spec Aston Martin, to be entered under the Aston Martin Racing banner.
Meanwhile, Team Twisted Parker Racing also joins the GT4 fold; the Ginetta G50 will be driven by former British GT Champion, Bradley Ellis, and Caterham Tracksport racer, Adrian Barwick.
Avon Tyres Motorsport Manager, Paul Coates, remarked on what has so far been a fantastic season of racing: “This year’s British GT Championship has been exceptional, not only in terms of the racing, but also in terms of the number of cars on the grid. The championship has attracted teams from Europe to race in this highly competitive series and we’re once again very proud to have been involved and to continue to be involved with such a strong race championship.”
The season finale of the 2013 Avon Tyres British GT Championship will be held at Donington Park circuit over the weekend of October 05/06. Sunday’s 120-minute race will be broadcast live on Motors TV from 1300.