The 2011 grid for the Avon Tyres British GT Championship is expanding in all directions, not just in the field-leading GT3 category. The latest team to announce its participation in the GT Cup class is Swedish squad Magic Racing, which will field a Ginetta G50 in selected events.
Magic’s driver strength will be led by team principal Björn Gustavson, who will be joined at the Donington Park round of the championship by Ginetta G50 Champion and now BTCC racer Frank Wrathall. Magic plans also to race at the Snetterton, Brands Hatch, Spa and Silverstone meetings and there are plans that Björn’s brother, Anders Gustavson, will co-drive at these events. British GT race-winner Phil Quaife will be their driver coach.
“I am delighted to be racing in British GT this season,” said Björn. “After a year racing in various events in Sweden and the UK it’s great to be able to focus on the GTC class for 2011.”
Added team manager Jonny Westbrook: “British GT is the blue riband championship in the UK and that’s why we have chosen to run our Ginetta in the GTC class. While we may not have the outright pace of some our competitors, I believe we have the infrastructure in place for some strong results. We’re a young team and are definitely looking toward GT3 in the future. [Championship manager] Benjamin Franassovici has been a great help and I’m really pleased to have people of the calibre of Phil Quaife and Frank Wrathall on board.”
Frank Wrathall said: “It’s great to have been given this opportunity. I jumped at the chance to work with Björn and the Magic Racing team again. The car is great to drive and I’m looking forward to competing in British GT.”
Franassovici welcomes Team Magic: “With the influx of new and increasingly exotic machinery to GT championships across the globe, it’s easy to forget that the UK is home to some superb engineering talent. Chevron and Ginetta are two UK manufacturers that will be represented well in British GT this year, and the arrival of Team Magic further adds to the diverse and exciting line-up we have across all of the classes.”
The British GT season gets underway on Easter Monday at Oulton Park. The series is sponsored by UK tyre manufacturer Avon Tyres and is further supported by Sunoco Racing Fuels, Anglo American Oil Company and OAMPS.