The Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini crew’s participation had been thrown into doubt by a Motorsport UK ruling following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which barred Russian license-holders from competing in Britain.
Barwell has not formally commented on the event however a British GT assertion mentioned that Machitski, who has beforehand held a UK license, and Danish driver Lind “can not retain their GT3 drivers’ crown on account of Motorsport UK’s determination to droop its recognition of Russian licenses”.
It continued: “Barwell Motorsport is presently evaluating a number of race-by-race choices for its title-winning Lamborghini, which has been faraway from the full-season entry.”
The absence of the defending champions means 17 GT3 vehicles are confirmed for the season, up on a 2021 seasonal common of 11.33 (excluding the Silverstone 500 which historically sees a bump in entries and featured 18 vehicles final 12 months).
McLaren is ready to be the perfect represented marque with six 720S GT3 vehicles entered, whereas Mercedes (4) Lamborghini (three), Porsche, Audi, Bentley and BMW are additionally represented.
The 2021 season-high whole is ready to be matched on the Oulton Park season opener on 18 April. Chris Frogatt, the reigning GT World Problem Europe Endurance Professional-Am champion, and Macanese driver Kevin Tse examined just lately on the Cheshire observe with Mercedes squad 2Seas Motorsport.
Frogatt, who competes beneath the Tempesta Racing banner, is anticipated to contest a restricted schedule of British GT occasions in 2022.
In the meantime, reigning GT4 groups’ champion Century Motorsport has introduced Betty Chen as the primary driver of its new M4 GT3 forward of the group’s return to the highest class for the primary time since 2019.
Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT3
Picture by: Century Motorsport
The 22-year-old Taiwanese driver’s co-driver has but to be introduced.
“I began my profession in 2018 with some GT3 racing in Asia however knew the grassroots of motorsport had at all times been in the UK,” she mentioned.
“So it’s a privilege to have the possibility to affix Century Motorsport within the 2022 British GT Championship and additional set up my CV outdoors of Asia.”
The group has additionally signed Tom Rawlings to accomplice Chris Salkeld in its second BMW M4 GT4. Rawlings raced a Paddock Motorsport McLaren 570S GT4 in GT Cup final 12 months, ending second within the GTH class.
Benji Hetherington’s Valluga Racing operation will make its collection debut with a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS, with 2014 GT4 champion Ross Wylie its first confirmed driver.
Steller Motorsport has entered two Audi R8 LMS GT4s, however is but to announce any drivers.
RAM Racing introduced final week that Callum Macleod will reunite with Ian Loggie on the three rounds Jules Gounon will skip as a result of calendar clashes.
Macleod, who received at Silverstone with Loggie in 2019, will step in for the Silverstone, Donington (Could) and Snetterton conferences.