British GT storms into Donington Park

Balfe and Smalley - Silverstone 2024 - Photo Credit: Tom Groves
Balfe and Smalley Silverstone 2024 Photo Credit: Tom Groves

British GT storms into Donington Park next weekend, with a three-hour race set to deliver more extraordinary racing.

Shaun Balfe and Adam Smalley head into Donington off the back of a sensational win at Silverstone in their Garage 59 McLaren 720S.

Their championship lead is slim however their consistent pace shown during the three-hour enduro at Silverstone, is a strong sign for their overall championship challenge.

Father and son pairing, Rob and Ricky Collard have started their 2024 campaign strongly, winning the opening race at Oulton Park and finishing a strong second at Silverstone. They lie second in the GT3 standings.

Fellow Lamborghini drivers Sandy Mitchell and Alex Martin sit third in the championship standings, thanks to a win in race two at Oulton Park, however a sizeable accident in the rain at Silverstone hampered their progress to the top of the championship.

Reigning champion Dan Harper sits a lowly eighth in the championship after a disappointing opening two rounds in his Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT3, however rule the Northern Irishman out at your peril.

Championship mainstay Ian Loggie has a new co-driver for 2024, in the form of Phil Keen and the pairing have made a consistent start to the season. Meanwhile, 2022 champion Loggie aims to add another title to his collection, with Keen looking to add his first.

Aston Martin is strongly represented with three of the new Vantage GT3 Evos taking part in the 2024 championship.

Johnny Adam and Giacamo Petrobelli have been the strongest Aston Martin pairing for Blackthorn Motorsport with teammates Matt Topham and Josh Rowledge struggling for early season pace.

Beechdean AMR have been the weakest pairing of the championship so far. Aston Martin ambassador Jessica Hawkins has struggled to find her feet in the championship so far with veteran co driver Andrew Howard finding it difficult to adapt to the new car.

Donington Park has been a happy hunting ground for father and son duo Richard and Sam Neary. Their overall victory in 2021 was their first and has been a strong circuit for the family run team.


Brand new team Forestti Motorsport have had a sensational start to their maiden British GT season. Mikey Porter and Jamie Day have visited the podium in all three races so far this season, taking victory in the opening round at Oulton Park.

Optimum Motorsport’s Zac Meakin and Jack Brown took victory last time out at Silverstone in their McLaren Artura GT4 and will be looking to add to this momentum next weekend.

Former GT3 champion, Seb Morris sits third in the GT4 championship standings alongside his co-driver Charles Dawson after a strong start to their title bid.

Surprise package of the season so far is the Mahiki Racing Lotus Emira GT4 of Gordie Mutch and Ian Duggan. They grabbed the first podium for the car at Silverstone and currently sit fifth in the GT4 driver’s title.

Donington Park has played host to the British GT Championship since its inception in 1993. Many great races have been fought out at the Leicestershire venue and next weekend’s three hour race will be no different.

Forsetti Motorsport Silverstone 2024 Photo Credit: Tom Groves
Forsetti Motorsport Silverstone 2024 Photo Credit: Tom Groves