The Avon Tyres British GT Championship is set to welcome a new team to its ranks this season – one with plans to field a brace of GT3 cars, a Ferrari 458 GT3 and an Ascari, in the country’s leading sports car series.
Scuderia Vittoria has been formed by ex-BTCC racers Tom Ferrier and Danny Buxton and seasoned team manager Piers Masarati to contest not only British GT but also other forms of sports car and saloon racing, as well as the FIA GT3 European Championship. The Essex-based squad is currently preparing an Ascari KZR1 for its first tests and expects delivery of its Ferrari in March.
“The Ascari is currently in build at Ascari in Spain,” says Masarati, “and will be ready for testing in two weeks; we will be out at the Ascari circuit in Spain in mid-February and will be using this chassis to prepare all our drivers. The 458 will arrive from Ferrari in the first batch being sent to the UK, in March.
“We are targeting British and European GT3 – the programme will be led by our customers – and we hope to be able to name our driver line-up within a few weeks. We will be sharing Chad Racing’s entry in Europe and pooling our cars.
“Scuderia Vittoria will also be running a number of cars in the Renault Clio UK Cup, where we hope to make a good impression with Danny Buxton running the team, and we hope also to carry on racing Ginettas, for which programme we are actively seeking drivers.”
Masarati is a former class champion in British GT and since switching to team management has achieved success with single-seater and sports car teams. His new partners Ferrier and Buxton are both seasoned pros in many forms of racing – Ferrier was a race winner in British GT in 2010 with Chad Racing while Buxton has claimed Ford Fiesta and two Renault Clio championship titles.
British GT Championship manager Benjamin Franassovicci said: “We welcome Piers, Tom and Danny and their new team and look forward to their participation in 2011. It is certainly shaping up to look like a remarkably competitive and exciting season, and there will be announcements soon about the return of some exciting marques to the championship.”
Meanwhile, today (Thursday) at the Autosport International show at Birmingham’s NEC, the Avon Tyres British GT Championship gets into the swing of the new season with the launch of new championship branding and the appearance of several contenders scheduled to grace the grid in 2011.
On the Lotus Cars stand, the sports car manufacturer’s latest GT4 offering, the Evora, is featured in full Avon Tyres British GT livery, and visitors to the stand between now and the show’s close on Sunday (16 Jan) can take advantage of a fantastic offer on tickets for the British Formula 3 and British GT meeting at Rockingham in September.
They can pick up a special voucher – in the form of an attractive fridge magnet – which will get them 2-for-1 on Rockingham passes; they are also available from the BARC and Sunoco/Anglo American Oil Company stands.
In addition, the stand of British GT broadcaster Motors TV boasts one of the United Autosports team’s Audi R8 LMS machines, and there will be personal appearances at Autosport International by team drivers John Bintcliffe, Jay Palmer and Matt Bell.
British GT is sponsored by UK tyre manufacturer Avon Tyres and is further supported by Sunoco Racing Fuels, Anglo American Oil Company and OAMPS.