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Silverstone 500, Pre Weekend Notebook

Mission Motorsport

Mission Motorsport, the Forces’ Motorsport Charity, will hold a memorial service to mark Remembrance Sunday, this after the current travel restrictions force the cancellation of the charity’s annual Race for Remembrance at Angelsey circuit.

The service will take place in the pitlane just prior to 11:00 with wreaths being laid by servicemen for the 3rd Regiment Royal Logistics Corp, Silverstone Circuit and by a representative on behalf of all teams and drivers before the entire paddock falls silent to observe a two-minute silence.

Poppies will also feature prominently on every car’s windscreen banner, the area usually reserved for title sponsor, Intelligent Money.

Eastwood Added

Beechdean Motorsport have confirmed that Aston Martin Factory GT racer Charlie Eastwood will join Andrew Howard in the team’s Aston Martin Vantage GT3 for the season finale.

The race will be Eastwood’s British GT debut in a year where he has seen racing success (with TF Sport) in the FIA WE, GT Open and, of course, as part of the winning GTE Am crew at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Andrew Howard: “With an aim to be back in full championship racing in 2021, the British GT finale is a brilliant way to contest at the highest level”

Charlie Eastwood: “It’s great to be joining Beechdean for my first ever British GT event. The entry list keeps growing and it’s shaping up to be an amazing Finale”

Pitstop times and penalties

There are no pitstop windows. Instead, at least three driver changes must take place while no driver may exceed 100 minutes of drive time.

Success Penalties must be served during the final mandatory stop.

In crews comprising three drivers each individual must race for at least 40 minutes while not exceeding 100 minutes. The driver nominated to complete two of the four stints must be one of the crew’s lowest graded drivers. This individual will be nominated after qualifying.

Mandatory Pitstop Times (pit-in to pit-out)
GT3 & GTC: 135s | GT4: 170s

Pitstop Success Penalties (based on Snetterton’s Race 2 top-three)
20s: #72 Barwell Motorsport, Balon/Keen
15s: #18 WPI Motorsport, Igoe/Caldarelli
10s: #69 RAM Racing, De Haan/Kujala

20s: #58 HHC Motorsport, Collard/Matthiesen
15s: #97 TF Sport, Caroline/Vaughan
10s: #95 TF Sport, Kibble/O’Brien

All GT4 Silver Cup entries must serve an additional 14s during their mandatory driver changes.

Guest Cars Invisible For Points

It’s worth remembering in such a tight Championship battle, that a number of the cars entered are ineligible for points, they’ll be competing for the race and class honours but will be ignored when the points tally is done.

Those cars that are ineligible for points are:

GT3: #1, 3, 11, 19, 26, 38, 68, 77
GTC: All entries
GT4: #20, 22, 66, 98

Timetable (GMT)

Saturday 7 November
09:00 – 10:00: Free Practice 1
11:25 – 12:25: Free Practice 2
15:00 – 15:10: Qualifying – GT3 & GTC Q1
15:14 – 15:24: Qualifying – GT3 & GTC Q2
15:28 – 15:38: Qualifying – GT4 Q1
15:43 – 15:53: Qualifying – GT4 Q2

Sunday 8 November
09:50 – 10:05: Warm-up
12:50 – 15:50: Race