Brit GT »

SRO retains control of British GT Championship

The Stephane Ratel Organisation is to continue with the development and growth of both the British F3 and British GT championships after confirmation that it will be will remain in charge of both series' for the 2010 season and beyond.

The British Racing and Sports Car Club (BRSCC) announced earlier this weekend that SRO has been retained a promoters of the British GT championship – extending a deal which started back in 2004.

That deal came despite James Tucker's Britcar group putting together its own proposal to take over the series, with the BRSCC opting for continuity.

“We have an excellent working relationship with both SRO and Britcar so it was a difficult choice,” BRSCC chairman Bernard Cottrell said. “However, on this occasion we felt that the interests of the GT Championship would be best served by continuity.

"As the permit-holding club for the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, we are mindful that this is the premier championship in the UK for GT racing. Certainly the grid numbers have declined during the 2009 season and we were obliged to discuss the future of the championship with not only SRO, but also with other interested parties. Having now made the decision to retain SRO as the promoters of the championship, we believe that we now have in place a detailed plan of how we intend to rekindle interest in the championship."

With the deal confirmed, SRO chairman Stephane Ratel said he was hopeful that the British GT series will recover from a tough 2009 campaign, when low grid numbers were a common theme throughout the season.

"I would like to thank the BRSCC for its confidence in SRO Motorsports Group as the commercial rights holder of the British GT Championship and look forward to working alongside the BRSCC again for the 2010 season," he said. "The Avon Tyres British GT Championship is the UK's most prestigious GT racing series and SRO will continue to develop the championship as a professional environment for the UK's leading amateur and professional GT drivers."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Start of Race 2, Hector Lester/Allan Simonsen - Rosso Verde Ferrari 430 lead
SRO Hospitality
SRO Hospitality
SRO Hospitality
SRO Hospitality
SRO Race Centre Hospitality
S Ratel
S Ratel
SRO Race Centre
SRO Race Centre
SRO Hospitality
SRO Hospitality
SRO Hospitality
SRO Hospitality
SRO Hospitality
Stephane Ratel
Stephane Ratel
Stephane Ratel

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Pete - Unregistered

September 26, 2009 6:54 PM

Is that so they can bury the Brit GT properly?? I'm sorry but this season has been terrible, I don't call a Lotus 2-11 or a KTM X-bow a GT car for starters... Yes I know we are in a recession, but the GT Cup is doing fantastically well. Huge grids, good class system, close races.. Maybe the SRO could learn a few things!!



Related Stories

    Data not found

© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.