15/12/12 - The GT Cup Championship is set to produce even more thrilling sports car action in 2012 following the announcement of a 23 race calendar which includes visits to the UK's premier circuits.
Bute Motorsport's popular GT Cup Championship enjoyed a highly successful 2011 season which it hopes to develop with an expanded race schedule and new regulations permitting GT3 cars into the championship. Last season Irishman Andy Ruhan lifted the overall title after an intense season long battle with David Tomlin.
Running under the banner of MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) for another season, the GT Cup Championship will comprise 23 races beginning and ending at Donington Park. The championship will visit Silverstone, Brands Hatch Indy and Brands Hatch Grand Prix along with trips to the Snetterton 300, Oulton Park and Scotland's Knockhill. Each round apart from Oulton Park will host three races of varying lengths and the championship title will be decided by competitors' best results from 16 of the 23 races.
GT Cup Championship founder Marc Haynes said: "It's a great calendar. We're going to Donington Park twice which is always good and we are back at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. New for 2012 will see the GT Cup Championship head up to Scotland to tackle the Knockhill circuit for what should be a really special event. I'm pleased with the progress made with the championship for next season, its early days still but I'm looking forward to next year."
New for 2012 is the eligibility of GT3 homologated cars which include the Porsche 997 GT3 and the Ferrari 458. The GT Cup Championship has also appointed a new competition manager with former BTCC team owner Philip Boland joining the championship to share his expertise. Car equalisation will undergo a change with the use of a chassis dyno which will be deployed at GT Cup Championship events.
GT Cup Championship 2012 Calendar
28/29 April - Donington Park (3 Races)
12/13 May - Silverstone National (3 Races)
16/17 June - Brands Hatch Indy (3 Races)
30 June/1 July - Snetterton 300 (3 Races)
21 July - Oulton Park (2 Races)
18/19 August - Brands Hatch GP (3 Races)
8/9 September - Knockhill (3 Races)
6/7 October - Donington Park (3 Races)