Motorsport UK extends British GT Championship partnership with SRO Motorsports Group
Motorsport UK has today announced that its partnership with the SRO Motorsports Group, to organise and promote the Intelligent Money British GT Championship, has been extended for a further five seasons until at least 2025.
Since its inception in the early nineties, the British GT Championship has been one of Motorsport UK’s flagship British titles, with the best sports car drivers in the country going head-to-head in FIA specification super cars from the leading prestige manufacturers.
The new agreement with SRO Motorsports Group will also see further promotion of the diverse opportunities for grassroots motorsport participation to the championship’s existing large and loyal fan base. In addition, the new agreement will provide greater visibility for Motorsport UK’s sport promotion activities – from prominent trackside branding, to consumer engagement programmes as and when government guidelines allow.
Motorsport UK CEO Hugh Chambers commented: “We are delighted to extend our long-standing relationship with the SRO Motorsports Group for a further five years. Stéphane Ratel and his highly professional team have developed a fantastic formula, which works incredibly well for the British GT Championship. The calibre of drivers and teams that return year after year, aligned with the professionalism of the series, produces exceptional racing – with the title fight frequently going down to the final round. We look forward to working with SRO to ensure the continued success of the championship and as a platform to engage with new audiences and promote motorsport in general.”
SRO Motorsports Group founder and CEO Stéphane Ratel said: “No series has been part of SRO Motorsports Group’s portfolio longer than the Intelligent Money British GT Championship, and I think that longevity speaks for itself. However, it’s also a very important element within global GT racing and wider motorsport. Many teams, drivers and staff gain experience in British GT before embarking on European and international programmes. These are often SRO-run events that use the same common regulations, but GT3 and GT4 are now so widespread that the sky really is the limit. Motorsport in general benefits from this universal platform, including the UK which remains one of the best-represented industries.
“On a personal level, we are very proud to have overseen the same championship for more than 20 years. I’d like to thank Motorsport UK for again placing their trust in SRO Motorsports Group but must also highlight the tireless work of Lauren Granville and Benjamin Franassovici who, between them, have managed British GT so successfully for the majority of the last two decades.”
The nine-round 2021 Intelligent Money British GT Championship is set to get underway on 22-23 May at Brands Hatch before the blue riband Silverstone 500 takes place in June. Further events are scheduled at Donington Park, Spa-Francorchamps, Snetterton and Oulton Park before the season culminates with the #DoningtonDecider on October 16-17.