The Balance of Performance (BoP) for the three manufacturers competing in the LMGTE class of the 2016 European Le Mans Series has been adjusted for the first time since May and round 2 in Italy.
The Ferrari 458 Italia car weight has been increased by 5kg and now stands at 1240kg compared to 1235kg it ran at Imola and the Red Bull Ring and 5kg under the base weight of 1245kg for the car. The Porsche 911 RSR remains on 1205kg and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage also remains unchanged on 1230kg.
All three cars have had a 5 litre reduction in the size of the fuel tanks. The Porsche returns to its base capacity of 90 litres. The Ferrari’s fuel tank is now 85 litres, 5 litres less than the base capacity of 90 litres. The Aston Martin’s fuel tank will be 95 litres for Le Castellet, 5 litres less than the 100 litres it ran in Red Bull Ring but still 5 litres above the cars base capacity of 90 litres.
All other BoP adjustments remain unchanged for the weekend in France.
The 4 Hours of Le Castellet is round 4 of the 2016 European Le Mans Series and takes place on Sunday 28 August.
Nordschliefe rockies Ahmad Al Harthy and Jamie Chadwick quietly and efficiently completed another stage of the N24 licence requirements when they successfully finished the VLN 6 at the weekend.
Never really setting the timing screen on fire (that wasn't the purpose of the exercise anyway) the duo qualified down in 127th overall with a time that was over a minute beyond that of the top runners in their class. Racing in an Aston Martin Test Centre prepared V8 Vantage N24 they eventually finished in 67th position overall which is in itself a fine achievement.
We understand that they will both be back at the circuit for the extended VLN 7 race on the 3rd September where they will complete their qualification process to race a GT3 at the 24hour event next year.
On another note it was great to see that Aston Martin were again competing at the Nordschleife with their gorgeous looking Vantage GT8 where Test Centre drivers Andreas Gulden and Wolfgang Schuhbauer finished P3 in class.
Photo credits - Driver social media / VLN
With many european and national series having taken an extensive mid season (summer) break, the next couple of weekends will see most of them return to the track.
Starting this weekend coming, the European Le Mans Series reconvenes at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France for the fourth round out of their six round 2016 season. The Andrew Howard, Darren Turner and Alex MacDowall driven Beechdean V8 Vantage GTE is again the sole AMR entry out of the eight car GTE entry and they will have their work cut out to restrict an increasingly competitive field including the now championship leading #56 AT Racing Ferrari.
Again supporting the headline ACO sanctioned series will be the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup series where the TF Sport entered Aston Martin Vantage GT3 of Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey hold a handsome sixteen point lead over their rivals. With some comings and goings amongst the GT3 field this race will see a slightly larger thirteen car entry.
With Yoluc having celebrated his 31st birthday earlier this week it is hoped that he (and Hankey) haven't partied too hard over the last few weeks in Ibiza and California!! It appears that the team tested at the circuit today.
Over in Australia, father and son team Miedecke Stone Racing embark on the second round of the Australian Endurance Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park. Having competed in two GT Asia races (with mixed results) the team will be hoping that experience gained in those races will help them at home and that they won't be again robbed of a hard earned finish by an untimely tyre failure.
In the opening round of the series the team ran the car in its former Craft Bamboo Racing livery but this has now changed to mimic the livery used in the team in the GT Asia series.
Next weekend sees the return of the International Endurance Series and their penultimate 24 hour race of the season at Barcelona.
Danish team Massive Motorsport will be looking to overcome their 'massive' disappointment at the last race at Paul Ricard when a reoccurring power steering fault saw them retire within the first hour of the race. The team will also be competing with a reduced driver line up of just Caspar Elgaard with Kristian and Roland Poulsen.
Looking through the entry for this race you will notice other family TeamAMR names such as Dryburgh, Wylie and Butcher entered but sadly for us they are all in a red car!!
TF Sport are riding high in the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup as the series reconvenes in the south of France at Circuit Paul Ricard for round four of the championship (26-28 August, 2016).
Euan Hankey and Salih Yoluc will be back behind the wheel of the #34 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 entry as they continue to reign at the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings. With victory at Imola, a strong showing Le Mans and a podium last time out at the Red Bull Ring, the team enjoy a one-point lead at the head of the standings.
“We know we’re in a tight fight at the top of the table and we know it will be tough to beat our rivals, but we’re getting the results we deserve,” stated TF Sport Director, Tom Ferrier. “We deserved the podium in Austria, but we did lose a few points to our main rival and that’s something we need to turn around in France.
“Austria was a bit of an unknown as Euan and Salih had never raced there before and with no testing it was a tough weekend that gave us a decent result. At Ricard we’re aiming higher but you just never know what’s going to happen. We have expectations, we have a plan, but in racing you can never predict.
“In saying that, we’re in with a good shout and the aim is to retain the lead heading to Spa Francorchamps next month.”
Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup free practice gets underway on Friday 26 August at 11.20 CET, with a second session at 16.35. Qualifying takes place Saturday at 11.15, with the two-hour race itself at 17.15.
Source material- TF Sport
Beechdean Aston Martin Racing (AMR) will travel to the south of France this weekend (27th/28th August) to begin the second half of the 2016 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) at Circuit Paul Ricard.
Following a six week gap from round three at Red Bull Ring in Austria, the Beechdean Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE #99 will be back in action for a four hour race. Beechdean AMR drivers Andrew Howard, Darren Turner and Alex MacDowall currently lie second in GTE standings, and will look to continue their impressive early form into the second half of the season.
The 5.861km race track is based a stones throw away from Marseille and is distinctive because of its black and blue run off areas. The circuit is considered to be one of the most technically advanced in the world and is also notable for its unusual layout. This includes the huge 1.8km Mistral Straight which will test the aero efficiency of the Aston Martin Vantage GTE ,against other competing cars on the track.
The nature of the circuit should provide spectators with an entertaining and exciting race, as the cars have multiple opportunities to overtake throughout the four hours. Beechdean AMR team owner and driver Andrew Howard said, “It’s great to be back to a circuit that we have tested and raced at before. It is full throttle now, let’s see what happens.”
“It’s very close in the championship now, as you would expect. I’m sure it will be an intense battle as we head into the second half of the season. Let’s hope we have the momentum to do it at Ricard.” stated Aston Martin racing veteran Turner.
MacDowall commented on the upcoming race, saying “I am really looking forward to racing at Paul Ricard for the first time. We’re still in the championship hunt and we want to win it, so we need another solid result to do this.”
Beechdean AMR are looking forward to an action packed weekend and are hopeful that the Paul Ricard will throw up an exciting race as well as a good team result.
Source material - Beechdean AMR
It has now been announced that Jamie Chadwick will team up with Oman Racing's Ahmad Al Harthy for this weekends round of the German VLN series at the Nordschleife.
By coincidence, the duo tested and will race in the same Aston Martin Test Centre prepared #150 V8 Vantage N24 (above) as used by Aston Martin Racing's Fernando Rees and Marco Sorensen during their driver qualification process in readiness to this years N24 event.
Free Practice to this weekends four hour race begins on Friday with qualifying and the are itself on the Saturday.
Following in the footsteps of many a talented young driver, Jordan Albert today achieved the honourable status of being selected onto the BRDC Rising Star programme
Joining the likes of Jamie Chadwick, Seb Morris and Jody Fannin the BRDC scheme is only open to drivers under 24 years scouted by a member of the BRDC Selection panel where the BRDC acknowledges the potential to succeed in that individual's racing career
Unfortunately for Albert, he misses out on the last two rounds of the British GT season with his Beechdean AMR co driver (Jack Bartholomew) at a critical stage in their GT4 championship due to 'circumstances beyond his control'. That puts him under additional pressure to find a competitive drive during 2017 in order to remain on the BRDC scheme.
We wish him well.
Photo Credit - Jordan Albert social media
Beechdean Aston Martin Racing (AMR) will be sporting a new roof livery for each of the remaining three rounds of the 2016 European Le Mans Series (ELMS). The #99 Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE car currently lies second in the European Le Mans Series GTE standings.
Beechdean AMR have run two liveries in ELMS. The car started with its classic dark blue livery at Silverstone and Imola. Beechdean AMR then switched up to a metallic blue livery, which was showcased at 24 hours of Le Mans. The new metallic blue livery was seen for the first time in ELMS at the Red Bull Ring in Austria and will be the livery going forward for the remainder of the season.
The team have always run the Union Jack flag on the roof of the #99. The only deviation from this was during 24 Hour of Le Mans. The flag was changed to the St Georges Cross following the Euro 2016 game, where England beat Wales in the group stages.
The next upcoming round of ELMS at Paul Ricard in France on the 27th and 28th of August will see the start of Beechdean AMR unique roof run – which will change prior to each race, for the remainder of the season. The new roof livery will incorporate the traditional Union Jack, Beechdean AMR’s national flag and the flag of the country in which the race is taking place.
Team owner and driver Andrew Howard explains the thought process behind the idea stating “We are proud to compete in ELMS and have the opportunity to race at some of the best tracks Europe has to offer. We wanted to illustrate this in some way on the livery and the roof, which already has our flag , seemed like the right place to deliver this message.”
The team head to France at the end of August for the fourth round of the European Le Mans Series, where it will showcase the new livery format to local fans. This will mark the first of three events where the changing livery will be displayed.
Source Material - Beechdean AMR
Following on from her successful British GT duties alongside co driver Paul Hollywood at Snetterton last weekend saw Beechdean AMR's Jamie Chadwick then travel across the English Channel for some more important testing, all in preparation for her 2017 plans.
Under the watchful guidance of the Aston Martin Test Centre staff, Chadwick spent two days testing a Test Centre prepared car on the full Nordschleife circuit to claim the first stage of her drivers license accreditation process just like both Fernando Rees and Marco Sorensen had to do before they could race at this years 24hour in the AMR GT3 car.
Commenting on her social media accounts, Chadwick indicated that she would be back at the circuit to compete at the sixth round of the VLN series this weekend coming with an (as yet) unidentified co-driver and car, although we do know that it will be a Test Centre prepared car and that she will be limited to a GT4 or less due to her circuit inexperience.
Confirmation of her entry and co driver is expected later this week.
Photo credits - AMR