GT4 European Cup coming to bloom in 2010 edition On the 1st and 2nd of May, Silverstone will host the opening round of the 4th edition of the GT4 European Cup. After three editions, this extremely competitive series for large-production GT cars...
GT4 European Cup coming to bloom in 2010 edition
On the 1st and 2nd of May, Silverstone will host the opening round of the 4th edition of the GT4 European Cup. After three editions, this extremely competitive series for large-production GT cars is now coming into bloom. In 2010, more than 50 drivers in 10 different makes will fight throughout six meetings on the most challenging European racetracks to become the 2010 champion.
Shortly after it was presented, a grid of Aston Martin N24, BMW Z4 Coupe, Ford Mustang FR500 GT4, Maserati Trofeo, Lotus Exige, Nissan 350 Z and Porsche Cayman cars competed in the inaugural 2007 season which proved that the cars were extremely competitive and well-balanced, giving some excellent and closelydisputed races during the three past seasons. The champion of both the inaugural season and the 2008 edition of the GT4 European Cup, Eric De Doncker (Ford Mustang FR500 GT4) is now a European GT3 Championship regular and will also compete in the GT1 class in Le Mans. In 2009 Joe Osborne performed strongly throughout the season and, without dominating the Championship -- he won twice just as did Alex Buncombe, Lucas Ordonez, Pierre Brice Mena and Michael Mallock - the 21-year old British driver took the spoils in his Ginetta G50.
This season the battle will again be between Nissan, Aston Martin, BMW, Porsche, Ginetta and Corvette, while newcomers Lotus and Maserati will certainly try to upset the established order. In the Supersport category, KTM and Lotus are the main contenders.
But it is not only the brands who are faithful to the GT4 European Cup, the vice champions Alex Buncombe (Nissan) and Lucas Ordoñez (Nissan) -- also winner of the first Edition of the Nissan GT Academy - also stick to the GT European Cup, as does last year's number 3 Pierre Brice Mena. Michael Mallock (Aston), Kevin Veltman (BMW) and Jurgen Van Hover (Porsche) will once again be on the starting grid of the GT4 European Cup.
With 10 victories over the past three seasons, Alex Buncombe is without any doubt one of the main contenders for the 2010 title, but his traditional competitors Mallock, Mena or Veltman will give him yet again good competition, as will do newcomers Paul Van Splunteren (Porsche), Peter Van der Kolk (Corvette) or Eddy Renard (Aston).
What is new in the 2010 GT4 European Cup?
For its 4th season, the GT4 European Cup will see the arrival of new teams and new models contributing towards a stronger Series. After three years of development, this fourth season will be the year for the GT4 European Cup to bloom. Also the Supersport class, reserved for cars less than 1000kg with no minimum production numbers required, will take part in the events
GT4 open to Platinum drivers: In order to respond to a demand from the market, the GT4 European Cup will be open to Platinum drivers under special conditions. A special prize will be awarded to the best Bronze driver at each event.
Five different countries will host events: the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Germany and Portugal.
International development of the GT4 category: Beside the constant growth of the GT4 European Cup, the GT4 class continues to develop in as a class in national GT Championships (Belgium, Great Britain). Further to the launch of the Dutch GT4 Championship in 2009 (the first SRO GT4 franchise agreement), new GT4 championships in Asia and Brazil will start in 2010, with still others to be launched in the near future.
The GT4 European Cup will unveil the new Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit
The Home of British Motor Racing, Silverstone is situated in the heart of England between Northampton and Oxford with good road access via the M1 and M40 motorways.
In a change for 2010 Silverstone will be unveiling the brand new 3.666 mile (5.900 km) Grand Prix circuit, with its new Arena section. The circuit will be officially opened by HRH The Duke of York on Thursday 29 April. The FIA GT1 World Championship will have the honour of being the first of four world championships to use the new track, with Formula One, MotoGP and WSB being the others later in 2010.
Situated on the A43 between the M1 and the M40 motorways, thousands of people drive past Silverstone every day and over 1 million visitors come through the gates each year.
-source: eu gt4