In the absence of any official release of next years 12Hours of Bathurst entry list, Australian based AMR Partner Team Miedecke Stone Motorsport have last night confirmed their three car entry into the event.
Confirming a two Vantage GT3 and a single Vantage GT4 entry into next February's race, the latest addition to #TeamAMR will be looking to build upon successes already enjoyed by the Miedecke and Stone families at the infamous track in their 'early days'
Team Principle Andrew Miedecke said that the "Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour represented a major step in growing the Miedecke Stone Motorsport team, which he runs in partnership with Matt Stone.
“The 12 Hour is one of the four big GT events in the world. It’s an extremely competitive race at one of the world’s best circuits and it is the next step for our team,” he continued.
“I started with a single Aston Martin GT3 with the intention to do some racing with my son, George before I retired, however it has grown into much more than that.
“Matt Stone ran the car at the Grand Prix event and that went very well – and George showed he was very, very fast in these cars. I already had a very long standing longstanding friendship with Matt’s father Jim Stone. We talked about it and we all had the ambition to do more, so when the very competitive Aston Martins and a very, very large spares package came up from Craft Bamboo Racing we grabbed them.
“We are running a very professional operation, we are a partner team with Aston Martin Racing in the U.K and we have come a long way from early this year.”
It was apparently smiles all round for those privileged to be invited to Beechdean AMR's 'sponsor day' at the Snetterton circuit today. Those of us left outside the gate were left with just the beautiful tones of various Vantage GTE's, GT3's and GT4's to listen to as they thrashed around the circuit.
There were, as usual some slight insight into todays happenings posted by some on their social media accounts showing Beechdean AMR's own V8 Vantage GTE, V12 Vantage GT3, DBRS9 and #407 V8 Vantage GT4 on parade with the addition of at least a further brace of GT4's and another GT3 from Prodrive as well as some slightly older models.
Although the day started wet and windy (no change there for Snetterton) the afternoon did at least improve to allow for some warmer, dry running.
All were apparently made accessible to the guests from team partner organisations.
We also know from these postings that drivers such as Jonny Adam, Ross Gunn, Jody Fannin, John Gaw and Seb Morris were in attendance at the event. British GT Championship runner up Jack Bartholomew also got his test drive in the teams GT3.
Oh well - there's always next year Mr Howard…………(hint)!!
TF Sport regroup this weekend (1-2 October, 2016) for Round 6 of the International GT Open at Monza, Italy.
Hot on the heels of a fine third position in the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup at Spa Francorchamps last Sunday, Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey will be back in action at the wheel of the #34 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, with a clear objective of bringing the car home in solid points-paying positions in both races.
TF Sport’s recent run in the series saw the team take a win at Silverstone, before recording a pair of sixth positions last time out in Austria. The British-based outfit are currently sixth in the standings and aiming high in Italy.
“Monza is one of the fastest circuit we compete on and also a fabulous historic venue,” stated TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier. “It’s also very hard in brakes so we’ll use the two-hours of Friday practice wisely to make sure we get that ticked off the list.
“It’s a great championship and we’re proud to be a part of it and our recent run of results has been pretty decent. This weekend we want a couple of top five results… Naturally, the higher the better!”
Saturday’s race gets underway at 16.30 CET with Sunday’s edition at 14.15.
Source material - TF Sport
Beechdean Aston Martin Racing (AMR) contested the fifth round of the 2016 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) at the renowned Spa Francorchamps circuit. Beechdean AMR drivers Andrew Howard, Darren Turner and Alex MacDowall finished the four hour race in fifth position, maintaining their hold of second in the championship.
The fifth round wasn’t plain sailing for the #99 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE car. Unfortunately car issues forced MacDowall, who was starting the race, to pit at the end of the formations lap. The early pit stop and a red light in the pit lanes resulted in the team losing a full lap from the start of the competition. The team were forced to give up the fight for a podium position, but the drivers corralled together and set upon a comeback.
The ELMS awards points to all finishing GTE cars, making it important for the team to remain aggressive and battle its way through the ranks. In a race full of Full Course Yellows (FCY) and safety cars, a strong race strategy was essential. Slick pit stops and consistent driver stints saw the #99 car take fifth position, giving them team a crucial ten points towards its championship total.
“Spa has proved to be very difficult this year.” Commented team owner and driver Howard. “Whilst we are still second in the championship with a slightly better points advantage, given the pace we showed it is disappointing that we not closer to the leaders.”
Aston Martin Racing factory driver Darren Turner, who only completed twenty seven minutes of driving time, much of which was under safety car conditions, explained, “That was definitely one of the strangest races I have done, but also one of the least stressful! We’ve got one more race to go now. JMW took all the points today and they are unstoppable - unless they totally mess it up at Estoril, our chances are slim. Nevertheless, we will get stuck in and make sure we defend any attacks on our runners up position.”
“I’m really pleased with my performance at Spa!” Said MacDowall, who drove the #99 car for almost two thirds of the race. “It was a difficult race after the technical problem we had at the start. The aim was to come away with a chance to challenge for the title at Estoril and we achieved that.”
Beechdean AMR may only have an outside chance of taking the 2016 European Le Mans Series GTE title at Estoril, Portugal on the 23rd October, but this won’t stop the team fighting for it until the end.
The most important thing for the team however – is at the minimum -maintaining their second position in the championship. This highly coveted spot is the main priority, as it means automatic entry into the Le Mans 24 Hour race next year on the 17/18th of June 2017.
Source material - Beechdean AMR
Photo credits - Adrenal Media
TF Sport secured third position and the final step on the podium today (24 September, 2016) in Round 5 of the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup at Spa Francorchamps, Belgium. The result ensures that the team head to the season finale in Portugal with a four-point lead in the Teams’ Championship.
While the podium position is a solid result, the team were left wanting for more at a circuit that didn’t play to the strengths of the #34 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 package.
“We got the podium and perhaps we were a bit lucky but you have to be there at the end,” said TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier. “We knew from other races that we’d struggle a bit here for ultimate pace but it still something we have to look at and understand as the car wasn’t as competitive as we had hoped. But we head to Estoril and we’ll fight on as we are still in the race for the title.”
Qualifying saw Salih Yoluc record the fifth fastest time, and he duly took the start of the two-hour event. The start saw run wide at La Source but he quickly regained ground as the Safety Car was scrambled following an incident behind.
Once back underway Yoluc settled into a race rhythm before the #90 Aston Martin ran into mechanical trouble and Yoluc was able to make the pass to run fourth. Soon after he conceded position to the #14 Ferrari at the end of the Kemmel straight following an instruction from the team. “I was told to let him past,” Yoluc explained. “I was losing time (defending) and we hoped we could get the position back later on, so I let him go by.”
Euan Hankey took over at the half-distance mark in fourth position, passing the #14 car thanks to the crew in the stops, and then gaining the final step on the podium as the #55 McLaren ran into tyre problems in the closing minutes.
“This was damage limitation,” admitted Hankey, “It’s clear this circuit didn’t suit our car. We did the best we could but we struggled with understeer, so we were lucky to inherit third from the unlucky McLaren.”
With it all to play for and TF Sport expecting a much more competitive race ahead, the final round of the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup gets underway 21-22 October at Autódromo do Estoril in Portugal.
A garage visit from Aston Martin Racing and Prodrive Chairman David Richards this weekend his given Italian GT team Solaris Motorsport renewed motivation after drivers Max Mugelli and Francesco Sini qualified the #007 in second position for Race 1 on Saturday and on the fourth row for Sundays race.
In a recorded address to the team Richards praised the early accomplishments of his newest customer team in their first season with the V12 Vantage GT3 in also what he recognises to be a really competitive championship and that he hoped for further podiums from the team as they developed.
Tomorrow's 48minute + 1 lap race begins at 14.14hrs local with Sunday's at 14.30hrs local
Photo credits - Solaris AMR
Today saw the teams and cars of the European Le Mans Series and GT3 Le Mans Cup complete their first laps of the Spa Francorchamps circuit as they readied themselves for the penultimate round of their respective series.
With both the Beechdean AMR Vantage GTE and the TF Sport Vantage GT3 more than competitively in with a chance to taking their respective championships by the end of the season, a solid points finish at the Spa round is critical for both of them.
In the GT3 LM3 the #34 vantage GT3 of Salih Yoluc/Euan Hankey car made for a slow start in FP1 finishing two thirds of the way down the timing screen before slowly creeping up the screen with quicker lap times during FP2 later in the afternoon. The appearance of local team Autoclub Excelsior had a more turbulent introduction to the series, having already been fined by the Series for their latte driving line up confirmation, ending the day dropping from fifth to eleventh during the first day.
Over in the ELMS paddock Andrew Howard was first out in his #99 Beechdean car, this weekend sporting the split Union Jack/Belgium tricolour wrap on it s roof, for the Bronze driver test gaining valuable GTE experience on a track he knows well from his GT3 British GT days.
Come the first Free Practice the expertise of AMR works drivers Darren Turner and Alex MacDowall were on hand to help complete set up pushing the car up to mid table in the GTE field at the close of session.
Saturday will see the GT3 LMC complete their qualifying in the morning before the start of their two hour race at 17.30hrs local whilst the ELMS teams will have the second and final Free Practice in the morning before their qualifying in the afternoon. The start of their four hour race will not be until 14.00Hrs local on Sunday.
Photo credits - Adrenal Media
The Aston Martin Racing and Prodrive Chairman will follow from the pits Friday morning's free practice sessions, supporting the team and verifying the high level of the Italian GT Championshp with its 40-car grid. Solaris Motorsport prepared the Imola round taking advantage - for the first time in this season - of the amount of data collected in the May race, allowing the Italian team to start from a solid base.
"We are proud to have David Richards with us in Imola. As Aston Martin Racing Team Partner we had the chance to work closely with the guys at Bambury all season long, making progresses together race by race. Being able to have the support of Aston Martin Racing Chairman motivates us to work harder." commented Roberto Sini,who’s helped in managing the team by his sons Francesco and Laura. "When we raced here in May we showed a good potential both in dry and wet track conditions. We brought home the first ever podium for the Vantage GT3 in an Italian series in Race 1, writing a little page of History, and probably we could have repeated that performance in Race 2, if the red flag didn’t stop our Aston Martin’s comeback."
For the first time, the Solaris Motorsport team will have data about car and track before the race: "This will help us a lot in the work at home and on track. This is the first year of the Vantage GT3 in Italy, so we had to create a database race by race, starting from scratch. Now we have the experience gathered this spring, and the same will be in Mugello. It's a little help in such a competitive championship, an anticipation of the way it could work next year when we will have all the data and a bit more experience."
The fifth round of the Italian GT championship will start on Friday with two free practice session scheduled for 10 AM and 1.55 PM, while the two qualifying sessions are scheduled at 5:55 PM and 6:25 PM. The first race of the weekend will start on Saturday at 2:15 PM while the green flag for Race 2 will wave on Sunday at 11:10 AM. Both the races will be streamed live on the Italian GT Championship web site (www.acisportitalia.it/CIGT)
Sussex based GT Cup team Hud Motorsport have today announced part of their 2017 race plans by revealing the replacement to their current Audi R8 LMS GT3.
Keeping the specifics of their plans a closely guarded secret, the team have confirmed the acquisition of a Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 that has/or will be updated to the current 2016 specification and will bear a livery similar to the digital image shown above.
Team owner Nigel Hudson and Pro driver/coach Adam Wilcox (no stranger to a Vantage GT3) will again be the driver line up for new season although the team has yet to confirm (despite the decals shown above), which series they will run in.
It is also understood that the team's new car will be continued to be prepared and maintained by JMH Automotive, a team with vast experience in the GT3 field having prepared Ferrari's, Porsches and Nissan's for various customer programmes.
The team shall see out their 2016 season at the finale of the GT Cup series at Snetterton early next month where they still have a battle in which to consolidate their present third position in the GTO Championship.
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Photo credits - Hud Motorsport