2017 GT4 European drivers
CAR #40: Freddie Hunt / tba
CAR #41: TBA / TBA
FRIDAY: 19:30 Drivers Briefing.
10:55 – 11:55 Free practice 1
14:25 – 15:25 Free practice 2
17:35 – 17:55 Qualifying 1
18:05 – 18:25 Qualifying 2
10:15 – 11:15 Race 1
14:25 – 15:25 Race 2
Drives available in 2nd Brookspeed Porsche Cayman GT4 'MR's in the European GT4 Northern Cup.
The Competition102 GT4 European Series is a competitive, multi-brand championship for professional and amateur drivers. It’s a financially attractive series which is a full member of the SRO Motorsports Group and guarantees top class race events and a successfully proven Balance of Performance.
- 6 race weekends with fixed format and team races
- 6 countries, exceptional tracks, frames of major events
- 4,5 hours of tracktime per weekend
- 3 titles to achieve: AM – PRO – TEAM
- 2 team endurance races of 1 hour each per weekend
- 1 exclusive tire partner with limited amount of tires per weekend
- 0 clashes with major events
- + FIA approved regulations and Balance of Performance by SRO
Freddie Hunt, son of 1976 Formula One World Champion James Hunt, will race in the 2017 GT4 European Series Northern Cup. The 29-year-old joins fellow Brit Steven Liquorish in the #40 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR this season.
Hunt raced in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series last season and will join GT4 European Series regular Liquorish, as he aims to start a full-time GT and sportscar career. Liquorish and team mate Graeme Mundy finished sixth in the GT4 Am class in 2016, scoring four class podium finishes throughout the season.
After the 2016 season finale at Zandvoort, Brookspeed International Motorsport shipped its cars to Abu Dhabi for the 12-hour race at Yas Marina. They then went onto Bathurst, where the team scored a second and third place finish in the Bathurst 12 Hour Intercontinental GT Challenge.
Some 35,000km and almost five months later, the containers with the cars returned to Genoa, Italy on Sunday. From there the #40 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR will go straight to Misano for the opening round of the 2017 season.
The GT4 category.
The exclusive property of the SRO Group, which holds the commercial rights and homologation papers, provides a good level of competition between a great variety of cars. Including GT cars from prestigious manufacturers, sports coupés from high-volume runs, and personalized productions from small manufacturers, the GT4 category is attractive due to its variety and price, which is 50% less than its big sister GT3, both in terms of purchase price and running costs.
Introduced in 2006 with the GT4 European Series, the category was initially developed in the framework of the Dutch National Championship and the VLN series in Germany under the SP10 name. After a few years of relative somnolence, it has seen a resurgence in 2016 with the launch of a number of new cars, such as the Porsche Cayman GT4 and the McLaren 570S GT4, developed and sold by the manufacturers, as well as through its growing success in both the European Series and as the second division of the British GT Championship.
The involvement of the SRO Group in the Pirelli World Challenge in the United States of America has allowed the technical alignment of the GTS category with GT4, making this a worldwide category which can be developed in Asia and can expand in Europe. The expected announcements from a number of prestigious manufacturers will complete the
task of making GT4 the natural complement of the fast-expanding GT3 category.
With a variety of makes comes a variety of formats: the calendars combine two or threehour Endurance races with Sprint events consisting of two one-hour races. The driver crews vary as well, from Pro-Am pairings to amateur drivers, while allowing
amateur drivers the option of racing alone.
Balance of Performance.
Undertaken by the SRO technical department, the Balance of Performance allows for spectacular races between all the brands represented.