> Event remains subject to Motorsport UK guidance
FF Corse returns to the Intelligent Money British GT Championship for the first time since 2016 this weekend when the Ferrari-affiliated squad enters the burgeoning GTC class.
Series debutant Laurent de Meeus joins 2010 British GT4 champion Jamie Stanley aboard the 488 Competizione, which forms the backbone of Ferrari’s global one-make Challenge championships.
British GT’s three-hour season finale remains subject to Motorsport UK guidance covering elite sporting events during England’s four-week national lockdown, which is due to commence this Thursday (November 5).
Should the event go ahead as planned FF Corse will make its first British GT appearance since Marco Attard and Adam Carroll claimed an overall podium during a one-off outing at Silverstone four years.
De Meeus has been a Ferrari Challenge regular since 2017 and won his class at the Le Mans support race last season. The Belgian’s CV also includes Britcar, GT Cup and VW Fun Cup outings, but this will be his first-ever British GT appearance.
“The decision to enter British GT at Silverstone was a last-minute decision after the Ferrari Challenge World Final at Misano was cancelled,” said De Meeus, whose yellow Evo-spec Ferrari runs Belgium’s national racing colour. “I couldn’t finish 2020 without some more track action and I feel privileged to be racing in the Silverstone 500.”
Stanley, meanwhile, has been a mainstay of FF Corse’s activities for several seasons and De Meeus’ driver coach since 2017. He has also engineered the Belgian’s Ferrari since his Challenge debut three years ago.
“I am extremely excited to be competing in British GT with Laurent,” said Stanley. “This will be the seventh time I have done the Silverstone 500, which in my opinion is the best race of the British GT season and it is an added bonus to be competing with Laurent in his first appearance in British GT.”
Subject to Motorsport UK guidance further GT3, GT4 and GTC entries will be announced on Monday evening and Tuesday before the #Silverstone500 grid – comfortably British GT’s largest of the season – is revealed in full on Wednesday morning.
Covid measures will prevent spectators from attending British GT’s #SilverstoneShowdown. However, fans around the world can watch the three-hour season finale live on British GT’s Facebook page and website, as well as SRO’s GT World Youtube channel, from 12:45 GMT on November 8.