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36 Cars Entered For Silverstone 500

Biggest entry of the season for the series' 'Blue Riband' event

The entry list for this weekend’s British GT Championship Silverstone 500 has been released and includes a season-high 36 cars.

In the GT3 class, adding to the 11 cars that took part in the last round at Snetterton, are three cars from three marques.

Returning to the championship, after competing last year, is Team ABBA Racing, entering a Mercedes-AMG GT3 for Richard Neary and Mercedes driver Adam Christodoulou.

Also rejoining the series is Balfe Motorsport, which took part in the races at Oulton Park and Rockingham, but was forced to sit out the races at Snetterton due to damage sustained in Shaun Balfe’s off on the Rockingham Banking.The team will race with a McLaren 650S GT3 and McLaren factory driver Rob Bell to partner Shaun Balfe. Notably, Bell and Christodoulou entering makes it eight factory drivers in the category.

The final addition is a one-off appearance from Ultimate Speed’s Aston Martin. The team will race with Michael Brown and Matt Manderson in the Pro-Am class, adding to the list of Vantages in the race, which now totals six.

Elsewhere, as previously written by DSC, former Nissan GT Academy winner Ricardo Sanchez will partner up with Struan Moore in RJN’s Silver Cup Nissan, in the seat filled previously by Devon Modell and Jordan Witt this season.

And in GT4 there are changes down at Invictus Games Racing. Its second batch of wounded, injured and sick armed forces veterans make their British GT debuts this weekend when Basil Rawlinson (2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment) joins Jason Wolfe in the #22 F-TYPE SVR and Paul Vice (42 Commando Royal Marines) teams up with Matthew George aboard #44.

George is set to have a really challenging weekend in particular, as he’s entered in Generation AMR Super Racing’s Aston Martin in the class too. This means during the race he’ll pull double-duty, with two teams, in the same race!

In the Vantage George will partner up with James Holder. The pair last contested a full-season British GT programme together in 2016, which ultimately led to David Appleby Engineering, which runs the V8 Vantage, overseeing 2018’s Jaguar project.

Sunday’s three-hour race at Silverstone for the British GT teams and drivers is set to begin at 13:10 local time in the UK.