The British GT Championship showcases the most prestigious and stylish sportscar grid of any national motorsport championship in the world.
The 2018 season – British GT’s 26th – comprises six events around the UK as well as one international round held at the legendary Belgian circuit, Spa-Francorchamps. Each race lasts between one, two and three hours, while two drivers typically share each car.
For the fans, British GT offers a spectacular motorsport experience. With glamorous supercars racing bumper-to-bumper, ground-shaking noise, breath-taking speeds and all the drama of pitstops and driver changes, the race experience is one not to be missed.
The championship consists of two classes that race at the same time, GT3 and GT4.
Tom will be competing in the GT4 class, onboard his Academy Motorsport prepared Aston Martin Vantage - teamed with Jan Jonck.
GT4 more closely resembles the road going car counterparts and provides a perfect step into GT Racing for young drivers. The class helps drivers develop their skills, speed, traffic navigation and more, to become professional GT Racing Drivers that can compete in GT3, GTE, Le Mans Categories and much more.
Two thirds of British GT’s multi-class grid is now made up of GT4s, many of which are built by the same array of manufacturers contesting GT3. While once the preserve of Ginetta and Aston Martin, GT4’s recent boom has seen the likes of Porsche, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG join a rapidly expanding list of homologated marques which also include McLaren, Nissan, Lotus, KTM and Toyota.
This creates a hugely competitive championship, with multiple drivers competing for the championship crown.
The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 is the most popular GT4 car in the world. More than 100 cars have been made and are competing in race series across the globe.
This latest spec of car has a new aerodynamic package. An adjustable carbon fibre rear wing works in conjunction with a larger front splitter to increase downforce for greater dynamic performance.
The 2018 car also has the bonnet from the V8 Vantage road car, which has larger bonnet vents for additional cooling and better aerodynamics.
Aston Martin Racing 4.7 litre V8 engine
Weight-reduced rear silencer
FIA approved Fuel Tank
Twin plate Ceramic Clutch
Integral air jacks
Reduced weight wiring harness
Quick release bonnet and tailgate
Front spliiter + carnards
Polycarbonate side + rear windows
Adjustable carbon fibre rear wing
Increased protrusion front splitter
Carbon fibre front dive planes
Double wishbone suspension adjustable
2-way adjustable dampers + Anti-roll bars.
Race spec 6 piston monobloc calipers
Race developed ABS + Traction Control
Six-speed Manual transmission
The Pershore-based squad won the category’s teams’ title in 2015 but only contested one round last season. Now Academy are back with a dual programme that sees its Aston Martin racing in British GT and the GT4 European Series Northern Cup.
Tom has joined the team following his successful 2017 Ginetta Junior Championship campaign.
He will be teamed with Jan Jonck, who will share driving duties for Academy Motorsport as he switches teams.The 19-year-old comes with prior knowledge of the car though having taken the win at Brands Hatch last year.