Bute Motorsport’s successful GT Cup, operated by MSVR as part of its extensive portfolio of championships and series, reaches a significant milestone at Donington Park this weekend (24/25 October): Its 100th event.
GT Cup first burst on the scene at a late-season MSVR club event at Snetterton in 2007, ahead of an inaugural full calendar the following season. Over the following 13 seasons, GT Cup established itself as mainstay of the national motorsport scene with events at all of the UK’s leading circuits, including support slots at major international events overseen by MSVR.
Series founder Marc Haynes was responsible for engraining a ‘by racers, for racers’ ethos within the championship from day one, and that remains today. GT Cup offers drivers on the UK domestic scene to sample top-class supercar machinery in a competitive environment with a friendly community spirit in the paddock.
The grid has changed over the years, but GT Cup has always provided interesting grids of cars by allowing drivers to compete in a wide variety of cars, with large amounts of track time. From the unique Porsche 935 of Richard Chamberlain, to GT3-spec cars akin to those you see in international endurance racing, the championship is open to a superb selection of cars.
Groups on the grid include GTO, GT3, GTC, GTB, GTA and GTH, enabling a wide variety of cars to compete for silverware. Groups GT3 and GTH were the most recent additions, expanding the list of potential entrants yet further.
Championship Director Hannah James, said: "I'm so proud to be part of the GT Cup family we have created. To have reached our 100th event is an incredible achievement! We couldn't have done it without some amazing people. Our staff, drivers, teams, and partners - who have also become lifelong friends, have all played a part in turning a dream into a reality. The hard work has been totally worth it, and this is a job I wouldn't change for the world. Here's to the next 100!"
Christopher Haynes, Managing Director said: “Marc was the first paraplegic racing driver in the UK and his drive to race against like-minded racers and enjoy the thrill of sporting competition was what drove him to create the GT Cup. This passion runs through the DNA of what makes the GT Cup so special and goes some way to explain why the Championship is celebrating its centenary race weekend.
“I’d like to thank the team and our partners, both past and present, who have shared our core values and helped create the Championship we are justly proud of today. I’d also like to thank all the drivers, the teams, our friends, and supporters for their unwavering support over the years, without whom Marc’s dreams would never have been realised. Here’s to the next 100.”