The 2021 Intelligent Money British GT Championship will see a significant change to the class structure in the premier GT3 class with the current Silver Cup replaced by a new Silver-Am category.
For more than a decade British GT’s GT3 class welcomed a predominantly Pro-Am entry. But, following an unusual 2020 season in which a combination of factors saw Silver Cup entries flourish (forming 50% of the full season 2020 GT3 entries), championship organisers have acted to attempt to redress the balance while maintaining a viable environment for young, would-be professionals to develop and prosper.
In 2021 driver line-ups comprising two FIA Silver-graded drivers will no longer be permitted to race in the British Championship in GT3. Instead, a Silver-Am class – first trialled in 2016 – will be added to the existing Pro-Am and Am-Am classifications.
Variables within the FIA’s grading criteria mean not all Silver drivers automatically qualify for British GT’s Silver-Am classification. Instead, the Silver element will typically comprise promising but less experienced young drivers, GT4 graduates or those likely to contribute some budget when paired with a Bronze-graded amateur – ultimately the Championship organisers will determine whether a registered entry will be accepted, and in which class it will be placed.
Silver-Am entries will also score points towards British GT3’s Overall and Pro-Am championships where they can measure themselves against crews led by established Silver, Gold and Platinum-graded professionals or factory drivers.
A dedicated Silver-Am podium presentation will take place following each race, while further class-specific incentives are currently under review.
No structural changes are planned for the GT4 class, which retains its Pro-Am, Silver Cup and Am Cup categories. However, organisers SRO will focus on incentivising Pro-Am pairings to return to the class following an organic shift towards Silver Cup entries over the last three years.
Changes are also being considered too to make GTC a more attractive option within British GT’s current class structure.