Since it began in 2007, the GT Cup has grown to become a firmly established part of the UK motorsport landscape. Founded as a premium GT sprint series, it has continuously proved to be the championship of choice, offering excellent track time and value for money. The championship has grown in stature over the years, with top international GT teams supporting entrants, and numerous professional coaches taking part to help amateur drivers develop their race craft.
The paddock is renowned for its relaxed but professional atmosphere, with teams and drivers prepared to help each other out in a tight spot. This doesn’t diminish the competitive edge with all races strongly contested, and the championship caters for all types of entrant, with all welcome.
The championship also enjoys one of the widest variety of GT car grids in the United Kingdom, which is split into five Groups by the maximum lap time potential of each car. It has GT3 equipment from Aston Martin and McLaren competing for honours with Cup cars from Lamborghini and Ferrari, and GT4 cars from Ginetta and Porsche. This is just a sample of the rich diversity of makes and models that participated in 2018.
The unique group structure and points scoring system ensures any driver from any group has a chance of becoming the overall champion.
The GT Cup is an ideal place for amateur drivers to hone their craft and is open to National B licence holders and above. It is also open to coach/pro drivers entering as part of a two-driver team with a sporting driver. With some 42 separate entries in 2018, demand is high for spots on the grid.
2019 will be Pirelli’s tenth season supplying GT Cup. The manufacturer provides a massive range of slick and wet tyres for the Championship, such is the variety of machinery racing in the series. Tyres may be heated prior to use, and slick sets are limited to three per day, to reduce expenditure.
The GT Cup’s unique structure ensures thrilling racing throughout the grid, which is split into five Groups allowing for a large variety of cars to compete on an equal footing in each race.
GTO - Open specification cars, cars built by very low volume manufacturers (subject to meeting balance of performance), GT3, GT2 and GTE class cars, modified Challenge cars, cars that are not derived from universally recognised volume GT manufactures.
GTC - Later model year Challenge and Cup specification cars, with performance balancing where required.
GTB - Early year Challenge and Cup cars with minimum specification changes together with modified saloon based GT vehicles
GTH - For Homologated cars running to manufacturers GT4 specification.
GTA - Lower specification Cup, Challenge and One make series cars.