Welsh Drivers Seb Morris, Ryan Ratcliffe and Andy Meryick are set to star at Spa Francorchamps . 2019 British GT championship. The focus for GT3 action shifts to Spa-Francorchamps for the next 2 weeks with Round 7 of the 2019 British GT championship due on 21st July. The Classic Ardennes circuit should suit the Bentley Continental GT3 cars better than Donington Park did. In contrast to the East Midlands circuit with its 2 hairpins and a slow chicane, Spa is a classic drivers circuit with plenty of high speed corners in its 4.35 miles. In fact Seb Morris holds the GT3 Lap Record set in 2017 with a time of 2m18.821. This was in his championship year with Rick Parfitt Jnr in the Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3. Ryan Ratcliffe had his best result in 2018, when he held off a gaggle of cars in a wonderful, defensive drive that saw him & Rick Parfitt Jnr on the podium after finishing in 2nd place, and a repeat of the result would see Ratcliffe and his 2019 team-mate Glen Geddie take the lead in the Silver Class standings. The only fly in the ointment is the Balance of Performance handicap handed to the new generation of the Bentley in the British GT championship. Live action https://www.dailymotion.com/GTWorld Friday 19th testing times https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/19291
Ps Ryan Ratcliffe has being doing a ’Brave the Shave’ charity fundraiser for McMillian Cancer support and raised £13,300 so far and hopes he can get it to 15K! https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shave…/ryan-ratcliffe
After the British GT race finishes the drivers will stay in Spa for the classic Total Oils 24hrs of Spa, July 27/28, which is round of the Blancpain Endurance Championship. Having scored the first win for the new Generation car in the Brit Gt series, Seb Morris has shown some impressive form in Blancpain championship this year, however the car has been beset with problems and team has so far not reaped the benefit.
However he has now been drafted in to the Official Bentley factory squad, as they celebrate the centenary of the Bentley marque! The founder W.O Bentley built his first car in 1919, and his cars went on to score several wins in 24hr races.
The Official Bentley team run by M-Sport, the team set up and run by Rally Legend Malcolm Wilson, have entered 4 cars in an all-out attempt to score an outright win at Spa! With the cars number 107 to 110, Morris will be partnered in car 109 by Rodrigo Baptista from Brazil and Callum Macleod who he knows from British Gt racing.
In car 110 Lucas Ordonez, whose first races was with us the WSSCC, and he is partnered by the ultra-quick Andy Soucek also from Spain, and Pipo Derani from Brazil.
Additionally in the Pro-am Class, in Bentley car 31 run by Team Parker Racing will be Ryan Ratcliffe and Glynn Geddie plus the highly experienced Andy Meyrick and also Derek Pierce.
All 5 Bentleys will be part of a record-breaking 72-car entry list! With some top line and formidable opposition, however the Bentley driven by part of the M-Sport team in the Spa race, recently won the 6 hr race at Paul Ricard, so they have the pace and longevity.