> Reigning Silver-Am champs stick with McLaren 720S GT3
Greystone GT will make its Intelligent Money British GT Championship debut this season with reigning Silver-Am champions Stewart and Lewis Proctor.
The father/son duo are once again campaigning a McLaren 720S GT3 after spending 2021 with Balfe Motorsport. They finished seventh overall and won the new Silver-Am class after defeating fellow dad and lad pairing, Richard and Sam Neary, last year.
Both family crews remain in the category this term and are joined by several new additions, such as Redline Racing’s Alex Malykhin and James Dorlin.
“I’m looking forward to the season ahead with Greystone GT,” said Stewart. “They’re really focused on enhancing their standing in GT racing and that can only help Lewis and myself as we are too.
“Winning the Silver-Am title last year with Lewis was a very proud moment - every dad’s dream - and we achieved our target of finishing every race. But I think we can continue to move forwards in the overall field this year; score more outright podiums and generally be closer to the front everywhere. That’s the target and something we’ll all be pushing for.”
Lewis added: “As each year passes, the targets get higher and I’m aiming to win a race overall this year and be regularly contending for podiums. We have a good, strong testing programme in place with Greystone GT, which hopefully will mean we can hit the ground running when the season starts.
“Racing with dad last year was my first time with an Am co-driver and was something new that I had to learn. The season helped me to understand the whole dynamic much better so now as we go into our second year together, we can use that foresight to really push on.”
Greystone, meanwhile, are no strangers to McLaren thanks to their existing GT Cup programme and upcoming GT4 European Series expansion with the 570S GT4. However, 2022 represents the team’s first full season in the senior class as well as its maiden British GT campaign of any kind.
The Silverstone-based outfit has come a long way in a short space of time. Established in 2017 as a premier Supercar Trackday and High-Performance Test Day organisation, it made the natural progression to running race cars as well as events in late 2020 before debuting last April.
A GT Cup class victory was followed by a pair of successes in the Pure McLaren GT Series and, most significantly, a class win at the Gulf 12 Hours earlier this year.
Team principal Mark McLoughlin is now keen to make an impression on the GT3 ranks.
“We’re extremely proud to be making our British GT Championship debut in only our second year of competition and to have a pair of reigning champions behind the wheel of the McLaren,” he said. “Both Stewart and Lewis have made a big impression on the series in a very short space of time and together I’m sure we can score some strong results.
“We’ve recruited strongly in key areas over the winter and now have a team full of proven winners from national and international motorsport across the board. This gives us the ideal platform to continue our move forwards.”
Oulton Park hosts the first of this year’s seven Intelligent Money British GT Championship events on Easter Bank Holiday Weekend (April 16 & 18).