Series promoters SRO have announced a raft of changes to the Avon Tyres British GT Championship for 2010 in an effort to boost grid numbers.
The series was beset by low grid numbers throughout the 2009 campaign, with the field only just making it into double figures on occasions during the year.
In an attempt to rectify that problem, SRO has revealed that changes will be made to both the GT3 and GT4 classes, while the Cup class will also return in 2010 after a two-year absence.
For the GT3 class in 2010, SRO will allow cars which have had their homologation superseded by newer models - cars such as the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe Series 1, Ferrari F430, Jaguar XKR, Lamborghini Gallardo and Porsche 997 GT3 - to compete in the British GT3 class, while in GT4, both the KTM X-Bow and the Lotus 2Eleven have been added to the list of eligible machines.
The return of the Cup Class, for amateur drivers only, will see the return of cars like the Porsche 997 Carrera Cup and the Ferrari F430 Challenge, with other cars to be considered on a case-by-case basis.
"We are excited to announce the reintroduction of the Cup Class in answer to many requests from competitors wishing to race in British GT,” British GT general manager Bernadette Fitzsimons said. “The Avon Tyres British GT Championship is the UK's most professional GT racing series and for 2010 we plan to introduce changes that will maintain this position and attract further competitors and cars to the grid. These changes will include a more flexible approach to the GT3 class and GT4 class, and the reintroduction of the Cup Class after a two-year absence.
"We have made every effort to avoid clashes with other prominent UK racing series and we believe British GT will have a strong and competitive grid in 2010."
Teams have also reacted positively to the proposed changes.
"Competing in British GT is definitely of interest and would complement our existing racing programme, especially as British GT is set to avoid clashing with TOCA,” Stuart Parker from Team Parker Racing said. “We feel the new Cup class would be a great opportunity for our clients to compete with the Porsche 997 GT3 Cup on the grid of the UK's leading GT Championship."