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 2017.
The unique group structure and points scoring system ensures any driver from any group has a chance of becoming the overall champion. In 2017, GTA champion Dominic Paul ran the GTO entry of Graham Davidson right down to the wire, with the result going right to the final weekend.
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 2017, demand is high for spots on the grid.
2018 will be Pirelli’s ninth 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 two 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 (subject to meeting balance of performance), GT3, Super Trofeo and modified Challenge cars
GTC - Late model year Challenge and Cup specification cars, with performance balancing where required
GTB - Early year Challenge and Cup cars with minimum specification changes and modified saloon base vehicles
GTH - Unmodified cars built to GT4 homologation
GTA - Lower powered or older specification cars that meet the technical requirements under balance of performance