1 February 2018
Race winner Gary Smith, who took two victories in Group GTA last season, will move to compete with Topcats Racing in 2018. Topcats took Group GTB honours with Neil Huggins, while team boss Warren Gilbert finished third in the standings.
Smith, who raced in GT Cup alongside father-in-law Mick Mercer in their Ginetta G55 GT4, will have a new partner to be announced for the forthcoming campaign, as Mercer retires from regular competition.
"We are delighted to confirm that we will be running hotshot GT Cup racer Gary Smith for the 2018 season," said Gilbert. "Gary's co-driver from 2017 and father-in-law Mick Mercer will be stepping aside and an announcement to confirm who will be replacing him will be made very soon."
Both Smith and Mercer are no stranger to Topcats Racing, having previously competed in the team’s Marcos Mantis Group GTB machine, and Mercer plans to undertake some races alongside Gilbert over the course of the season.
2018 GT Cup Championship schedule:
21/22 April Donington Park National
19/20 May Brands Hatch GP
2/3 June Spa Francorchamps
30 June/1 July Snetterton 300
14 July Oulton Park *
11/12 August Snetterton 300 *
8/9 September Donington Park GP
13/14 October Silverstone GP
* Standalone GT Cup event