Looking forward to SRO America opener at Sonoma (UPDATED)

Looking forward to SRO America opener at Sonoma (UPDATED)

 


Having grown from looking forward to just two GT4 races over a race weekend sees this season grow into a mighty six races to look forward to as the SRO GT Series in America has attracted an incredible array of Aston Martin Racing Customer and Partner teams to their trio of GT World Challenge America, GT America and GT4 America Series.

Kicking off this weekend at the Sonoma Raceway in California, the entry lists have now been finalised for the opening two rounds where we will witness the first new evolution of AMR Vantage GT3 compete in what’s become the GT World Challenge America Series for the first time with the Ian Lacey team and drivers Frank Gannett and Drew Staveley.


Having swapped from their Ford Mustang GT4 in the GT4 America Series last year, their Pro-Am entry will represent a steep learning curve for the Bronze/Silver line up in their two 90-minute races of the weekend in a field of 14 other GT3 race cars. The Ian Lacey team will also benefit this weekend with the presence of a small engineering and team managerial contingent from the AMR factory team having flown in today from the Middle East where they were with the AMR teams competing in the Asian Le Mans Series.

New for 2021 is the return of the GT America Series of racing where single crewed GT3 and GT4 race cars will compete in their two 40-minute races but at least all of the AMR teams have come prepared with two Vantage GT4 cars apiece for their dual GT America and GT4 America commitments as the Series winning Flying Lizard team did last season.


Matt Dalton in his #00 Notlad Racing by RS1 AMR GT4 heads the 21-car entry list for the inaugural GT America races this weekend with AMR convertee Jason Bell in his new GMG Racing prepared #2 AMR alongside. Whilst they have several seasons of racing behind them, the third and final AMR entry within this Series is that of a racing newcomer in the form of Gray Newell in his #25 Heart of Racing car.

Passing us by the first time around, that Newell is the son of Gabe Newell, the owner of the Heart of Racing team and the man who has put his cash behind their USA and New Zealand GT3 programmes to raise funds for local children’s charities. 


We understand that his development programme moved up a gear last summer after they acquired their two AMR GT4’s but whilst he’s racing solo in this Series, he will be joined by Ian James in the GT4 America races. The grid will comprise of eight GT3’s and thirteen GT4’s over the three available classes.

Finally, comes the thirty-two car entry for what is now the GT4 America Series which will see two drivers per car (we think we may have listed that incorrectly in previous posts) in their two 60 minutes pit stop punctuated races.


Six Aston Martin Vantage GT4’s form their part of this entry list for what is still being listed as the Sprint X races where Matt Dalton is joined by Pat Gallagher, Jason Bell joined with Andrew Davis and Gray Newell with Ian James as mentioned.

They are joined by Bryan Putts BSport Racing team with Kenton Koch again alongside as well as two new entries from Dexter Racing with Ryan and Warren Dexter, and WR Racing for a returning Paul Terry (after his split from Rearden Racing) and former TRG-AMR racer Brandon Davis. All AMR teams bar the Dexter crew will be racing in Pro-Am whereas they will race in the Silver class.


Track sessions for all begin on Thursday ahead or official Free Practice on Friday. As usual, they begin Saturday with two Qualifying sessions in the morning ahead of their respective races later in the day. Sunday sees them straight into their final race of the weekend.

The ladies and gentlemen from CSJ Motorsports will again be in attendance at each round of the season – something that has taken a bit of a hit today with the postponement of their Canadian Tyres Motorsport Park round in late May where COVID-19 and cross border travel has again come at a cost.


We wait to see just how the HoRT, WR Racing and Dexter Racing cars will look in the flesh but in the meantime, wish them all well.

Photo credits - Teams / Social media
Tuesday, March 02, 2021 | Read more...
D'Station Racing back behind the wheel this weekend at Super Taikyu Test Day

D'Station Racing back behind the wheel this weekend at Super Taikyu Test Day


Just a week after concluding their first racing duties of the year at the final double header round of the Asian Le Mans Series at Yas Marina last weekend, it will be back to business for many of the returning contingent of the Japanese based D’Station Racing this weekend as they attend the first official test weekend for their domestic Super Taikyu Series.

With the final round of last years delayed 2020 season being cancelled due to the escalation of their national COVID-19 situation and honours being awarded to the class leading cars by the end of the penultimate round, the sole Japanese team again return with both an Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 and GT4 with an unchanged driver line up in either car.

Team boss Satoshi Hoshino again pairs up with Tomonobu Fujii and Tsubasa Kondo in the #777 ST-X Class GT3 whilst Tatsuya Hoshino, Max Orido, Takuro Shinohara and Kenji Hama all return in the team’s #47 ST-Z classed AMR GT4 having potentially missed out on a championship winning finale with the cancellation of last season’s finale.

Tomorrow’s test will see four sessions running between 10:00hrs and 20:00hrs local at the Fuji International Speedway circuit and will be critical for all teams as this year has seen the Series swap to the Hankook tyre.

In what will be a very busy year for the team having stepped up to a full season in an AMR Vantage GTE in the World Endurance Championship, it appears that the team may have had to sacrifice their continued participation within the Super GT Series as a price worth paying for the national and world racing programme.

The Super Taikyu Series is due to start at the end of March at Motegi and will cover five more rounds (interrupted by a further Series test at Fuji in April) before concluding at Okayama in November.

Update - Appears that the team elected not to run the Vantage GT3 at this non-mandatory test after members of team who recently returned from Abu Dhabi were still serving a voluntary period of self isolation


Photo credits – D’Station Racing

Friday, February 26, 2021 | Read more...
GT4 America goes from strength to strength with a 32 car entry for opening round next weekend

GT4 America goes from strength to strength with a 32 car entry for opening round next weekend

 


Another strong entry list has today been confirmed by the SRO GT4 America Series today ahead of their opening round of the season at Sonoma next weekend.

Many of the thirty-two GT4 cars from eight manufacturers have already been testing at the circuit over the last few days ahead of a slightly different look to the 2021 season where just the Am Class drivers will race in a pure GT4 event whilst the Pro-Am Sprint X crews will now compete alongside GT3 machinery in the GT World Challenge America Sprint races.


What has also been filled in are the missing names aboard the six announced Aston Martin Racing GT4 entries from teams including GMG Racing, Bsport Racing, Dexter Racing, Heart of Racing, WR Racing and Notlad with Rennsport 1.

We have already heard from the guys at Notlad Racing and their drivers Matt Dalton and Pat Gallagher, Bryan Putt and Kenton Koch at BSport Racing and AMR newcomers Jason Bell with Andrew Davis at GMG Racing.


People we weren’t sure about included the brand-new Heart of Racing AMR Vantage GT4 which is now confirmed to include drivers Ian James and Gray Newell whilst Paul Terry also returns (having departed Rearden Racing after last year’s efforts) having now set up with former World Challenge GT Champion and TRG-AMR racer Brandon Davis with WR Racing whilst the new Dexter Racing team set up their AMR GT4 for drivers and family members Ryan Dexter and Warren Dexter.


These cars join the single AMR Vantage GT3 of Ian Lacey Racing where drivers Frank Gannett and Drew Staveley who will compete in the GT world Challenge America Series who have also been testing recently at the California circuit.

Photo credits – Teams / GT4 America
Friday, February 26, 2021 | Read more...
R-Motorsport having a GT4 clear out

R-Motorsport having a GT4 clear out



Looks like the Swiss based R-Motorsport team are having something of a small clear out of their facilities with the sale of these two 2016 specification of Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4’s

With these cars being something of 'old stock' and suitably replaced with many examples of the new turbo charged AMR GT4 platform, we will hopefully hear something soon of their 2021 programme of racing after what was a disastrous year for them (COVID 19 related) last season.


Full details of their listing on Racecarsdiect.com can be found here at https://racecarsdirect.com/Advert/Details/119473/aston-martin-vantage-gt4-x-2 

Photo credit - AF Racing
Thursday, February 25, 2021 | Read more...
AMR extend distribution rights into Asian arena

AMR extend distribution rights into Asian arena



Aston Martin has selected Motorsports Services AMR Asia Limited (MSAA) to become its exclusive distributor of all variants of Vantage GT race cars, parts and technical support for China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and the south-east Asian region.

Combining the vast experience of three key partners, including racing driver Weiron Tan and former race team manager Ron Reichert, the newly-formed organisation is tasked with expanding the British luxury sportscar brand’s motorsport footprint in the region. The primary targets for this expansion will be the 2022 Asian Le Mans Series, the GTWC Asia and the burgeoning China GT Championship.


MSAA will begin servicing the region immediately from its existing workshop near Sepang in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and a second base of operations in Zhuhai to serve the Chinese market thus avoiding any pandemic-related supply chain issues.

The 2018 China GT champions Team ZWEI (formerly known as BSEM Racing), long-time partners of AMR will be the first team to work with MSAA in China, and will race their Aston Martin Vantage GT4s. ZWEI will graduate to Race Partner status in China, with their sights set firmly on winning races and GT4 Championships in China in 2021. Further major announcements are expected in the coming weeks.

Weiron Tan, MSAA Director, said: “We’re very happy to conclude this partnership between Aston Martin Racing and MSAA to become the official representatives and distributor for Asia. It’s been a challenging year for the motorsport industry, especially in the Asian region, because of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, we are certain that the timing of this announcement and the infrastructure we are putting in place will allow us to repay the faith of Aston Martin and expand the AMR GT racing footprint throughout the region, providing quality service and support to our valued customers.”


David King, President of Aston Martin Racing, said: “We have viewed China and the Southeast Asian region as a key strategic area of growth in motorsport for some time. Now with the continued and growing success of Vantage in the GT3 and GT4 the global GT arena, we have the perfect platform with which to do this. MSAA gives us the ability to provide works level servicing across Asia and assist our partners as they compete for championships with Aston Martin.”

The selection of MSAA as the Southeast Asian distributor is the latest step in Aston Martin Racing’s strategy to extend and support its global network of partner teams. Alongside the expanded programme of deploying on-the-ground and remote support from its FIA GT World Endurance Manufacturers’ Championship-winning engineers and technicians, MSAA becomes the third established regional hub to provide local support and technical assistance.

Source material - AMR
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | Read more...
Turner joins Feather Motorsport in GT Cup

Turner joins Feather Motorsport in GT Cup

 

Darren Turner will return to his roots and race on some of the UK’s greatest racing circuits in 2021, when he makes his series debut in the GT Cup racing for Feathers Motor Sport (FMS) at Donington Park in April.

The works Aston Martin Racing driver joins his Base Performance Simulators business partner James Guess – the team’s regular driver – as the duo take the reins of the team’s new Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

It will mark the first time Turner has raced the British sportscar brand’s customer-focussed entry GT race car anywhere other than the Nürburgring Nordschleife – where he gave it a debut double podium at the German venue in 2019.


“It’s the first time I will have raced a GT4 in a championship, or even in the UK for that matter,” said Turner. “It’s good to be racing back on some of the old favourites, and nice to be in the UK. Let’s see what we can do as a pairing, try and keep out of trouble, get some points and get James into the championship hunt as the year goes on.”

FMS enjoyed a successful first full season in the GT Cup’s GTH class, with Guess taking four class wins and a further nine podiums en route to runner-up in the championship.

The team has acquired the Vantage to go for a full tilt at the title, and as such it made sense to call on Turner to help them get up to speed with the car quickly.

 

“I was asked if I wanted to join the project and it seemed like a fun thing to be involved in,” explained Turner. “It’s a small family-run team with a good atmosphere and it’s a nice way to stay sharp on the weekends when I’m not on Aston Martin works duty.

“The championship is growing and becoming more competitive with every year. There are some interesting, and talented, names in it and I’m looking forward to mixing it with them during the season.

“James is an experienced pilot, and he has been racing for a long time. It’s not like I’m jumping in and sharing a car with someone that is new to the sport, but he is new to the Aston Martin GT4 so there are definitely things I can help him with and help develop and find the limit of the car,” added Turner, who was one of several works AMR drivers to have had a hand in the development of the car.


Turner will contest the majority of the seven-event, 26-race championship, where it fits around his planned commitments.

The first race takes place Donington Park, on Saturday 10th April.


Source Material - Darren Turner PR
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | Read more...
Holloway & Hatfield return to the AMR brand with Century Motorsport in GT Cup

Holloway & Hatfield return to the AMR brand with Century Motorsport in GT Cup


After last week’s news of the Dorr Motorsport team with family drivers swapping over to the Aston Martin Racing brand in the ADAC GT4 Germany Series for this season, today has seen further good news for the brand as Gentleman racer David Holloway confirms his return to the UK GT Cup Championship, this time a brand-new AMR Vantage GT4 and now with a former GT Cup Champion alongside.

Never a stranger to that national Championship having raced in it many times before with co-driver Piers Johnson in their Century Motorsport prepared Ginetta G55 GT4, the Aston Martin Lagonda connoisseur of its road cars first came our attention in early 2019 when the pair first declared an entry into that year's Championship from the Autosport Show with one of AMR's latest GT4 creations.

For one reason or another and despites its original mid-season delivery date for the car, that intention sadly never materialised but the duo did see out the 2019 GT Cup season aboard one of Optimum Motorsport’s AMR Vantage GT4’s under the watchful eye of Ross Gunn as a practice for their bigger event that was to follow for him at the end of the year.

Venturing over to the Gulf 12hr for what is his biggest racing event so far, Holloway joined up with (now) British GT racer David Whitmore and Michael Dinan (2020 GT4 America Champion) as the trio raced a GT4 in an elongated race for the first time.

Holloways 2020 campaign was just another of many that were affected by the COVID-19 situation worldwide as the businessman took the time out on his racing to concentrate on his business matters.

Today, he confirms his return to the AMR brand, this time for a full season entry into the GT Cup Championship alongside co-driver and 2018 GTH Class Champion Adam Hatfield in a car that will again prepared by those he knows best at Century Motorsport.

Hatfield spent the best part of two seasons with Chris Murphy and his Whitebridge Motorsport team and their normally aspirated Vantage GT4's before switching to a BMW M3 GT4 most recently in the British GT Championship with Century Motorsport

The multi-race format, seven round GT Cup calendar starts at Donington Park in mid April and includes a supporting role at the GT World Challenge Europe event at Brands Hatch later in May.

This team will join the Feathers Motorsport team who have already declared a new AMR Vantage GT4 entry into the GT Cup Championship with drivers James Guess and Darren Turner.

Photo credits - Gulf 12hr / A Hatfield / Century Motorsport

 

Monday, February 22, 2021 | Read more...
Not too late to grab a bargain ahead of your 2021 campaign

Not too late to grab a bargain ahead of your 2021 campaign


If you’re interested in getting a deal as you want to go racing (or just have some fun at a track) then look no further than David Appleby Engineering’s offer of two 2019 specification Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4’s for just £300k + vat for the pair!

Previously used by the team in several European series as well bespoke events such as the  Dubai 24 and the Gulf 12Hr, these two cars unfortunately saw little race mileage last year but have been maintained regardless of cost by the owner and are now being offered to interested parties as a pair together with an additional spares and equipment package (with an extra charge) if required at a substantial saving to cost price.

With the global GT market getting more ‘switched on’ to the cost benefits in racing GT4 cars as opposed to higher classes of race car, these two cars would be immediately on the pace in any series around the world and is already a proven Championship winner.

Further details are available via https://racecarsdirect.com/Advert/Details/117183/2-x-aston-martin-vantage-gt4-2020-specificati

Photo credits – Racecar Direct / Gulf 12Hr

Sunday, February 21, 2021 | Read more...
No prizes for the five AMR runners today after the conclusion of the Asian Le Mans Series

No prizes for the five AMR runners today after the conclusion of the Asian Le Mans Series

 


Today’s fourth and final round of the Asian Le Mans Series was something of a crucial affair for certainly two Aston Martin Racing teams as they would be the only ones from the original five who were still in position to at least challenge for the last two Le Mans automatic invitation places in the GT Class.

With the top two slots already taken by the Herberth and GPX Porsche teams after two dominating rounds last weekend at the Dubai Autodrome, a podium finish was a must for the #97 Oman with TF Sport AMR Vantage of Ahmad Al Harthy, Jonny Adam and Tom Canning after their unfortunate DNF in yesterday’s third race whilst the #88 Garage 59 crew of Alex West, Maxime Martin and Valentin Hasse-Clot needed to emulate their performance and indeed luck from the second race from Dubai to have any chance themselves.


Qualifying had of course been competed yesterday morning and this time it was the #89 Garage 59 car of Marvin Kirchhofer who would start closest to the front of the GT class in P3 with Adam a few rows back in P9.

In a starting procedure that saw the GT field start very close to the rear of the LMP field, it was unsurprising that there was some bumping and grinding going into turn 1 but an ‘around the outside’ move by Kirchhofer saw him take and hold the class lead. It also wouldn’t take teammate Martin too long to follow him up through the running order to take P3 either to quickly establish another Garage 59 1-2.


Just ten minutes in however, a Safety Car for debris and a stopped car on track put paid to the hard work of those two Pro drivers as their gaps were quickly swallowed up by the following pack. Losing ten minutes of race time to that, the teams then had to rethink their race strategy further as a second Safety Car period (this time for a nasty looking collision between two Ferrari’s at Turn 11) would look like costing the Pro drivers yet more of their time.

During this prolonged caution period, some teams like the D’Station Racing AMR squad would leave their Bronze driver (Satoshi Hoshino) aboard so that he could use up his 55-minute minimum driver time in the Safety Car queue as he had already done well by improving his track position from P12 in class at the start to P9.


Whereas the #97 Oman Racing Aston of Tom Canning would pit just for fuel and tyres, both Garage 59 cars had to pit to swap out their Pro drivers with Bronze drivers Mike Benham and Alex West indeed climbing aboard the #89 and #88 cars respectively as the clocked neared the end of the first hour.

The #95 TF Sport car of John Hartshorne, Ollie Hancock and Charlie Eastwood tried something different again as they burned up two of their 70 second minimum pit stop timed stops during the Safety car before the starting Hartshorne was eventually swapped out for Hancock.


Thirty minutes or so later, the race finally went back to green with the running order appearing ‘messy’ with many cars now on differing strategies leaving all five Astons running in the midfield of the GT field as the race then went under the auspices of a Full Course Yellow for debris not long after.

Having come to the end of his fuel, Canning would pit from P5 to hand over to Al Harthy at the bottom of the hour rather than nearer to the top but just after the race went back to green, Al Harthy had to avoid the spinning #89 Aston as Benham got turned around by the race leading LMP2 car – not necessarily a good way to start your stint!!


Topping the hour at the halfway point, the #97 had moved up to P2 in class with the sister #95 car in P6 and the #77 car of Tomonobu Fujii in P7. Silver drivers Hasse-Clot and Yuki Nemoto had just got in their #88 and #89 cars so were further back in P10/P11 respectively at that time, but it wouldn’t be long before those cars were listed as circulating in P5/P6.

As the race neared its final hour, the cars to be for those automatic invites were both #7 Optimum McLaren and the #55 Rinaldi Ferrari and it looked like the #97 Oman car was the best bet (then running in P4) but Adam would have to make a late stop for a splash and dash in order to get to the end. Then, the McLaren and the #99 Porsche each had to stop again for service and running repairs also and that would make for a tense few final laps as that slowly unravelled itself.


Unfortunately for Oman Racing crew, this was all too little too late as the best the #97 could do was their best result of the Series in P4 – not enough to bridge the gap to claim either the third of fourth place in the class overall.

Despite all Aston Martins finishing within the top ten in class, that simply showed the competitive nature of the class in modern GT endurance racing with the five AMR crews being edged out by strategy and the calibre of the mixed driver crews aboard their opposing teams. An impressive P6 finish for the #95 TF Sport crew would put a smile on their faces as they now looked towards GTE racing in the European Le Mans Series and for the #77 crew, another P7 finish was a result of yet more progressive improvements as they now look to the World Endurance Championship in GTE for the first time later this year.


At the end, it was the #88 Garage 59 car who would come closest to those invitations eventually finishing P5 overall in class yet ten points behind the next highest car. For them, there will be no automatic invitation to Le Mans but then we’re not too sure (from previous conversations) if that that was the actual target for some within the team as the challenge and experience of the series was enough on top of what they already have planned for the remainder of the year?

It was good to watch – we certainly enjoyed it and we’re missing it already!!

Photo credits – ALMS / AMR / Teams
Saturday, February 20, 2021 | Read more...
Final ALMS race tomorrow to finalise auto invites for Le Mans 24 in GT

Final ALMS race tomorrow to finalise auto invites for Le Mans 24 in GT

 


Taking with them their robust performances in their last race at Dubai Autodrome on Sunday, the five Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 car entries from Garage 59, TF Sport and D’Station Racing were all hopeful of something similar in today’s penultimate round of the Asian Le Mans Series from Yas Marina – but most would be left somewhat disappointed.

Moving into the two final four-hour races at the Abu Dhabi circuit which would involve more night time running with their later race starts, today was to be a busy day for the thirty five runners after already having run two Qualifying Sessions this morning for each of todays and Saturday’s races.

There had also been more beneficial news for them in the form of an additional 15kg of ballast being added to the three Porsche 911 GT3 cars after two dominating performances by them in Dubai that left the GPX and Herberth Porsche teams at the top of the leader board going to Yas Marina.


Garage 59 continued with their Pro drivers Maxime Martin and Marvin Kirchhofer each Qualifying and starting their #88 and #89 cars again and were the front runners of the AMR five on this afternoon’s grid in P4 and P7 respectively. Jonny Adam in #97 Oman Racing car qualified his car in P9 whilst the D’Station Racing boss Satoshi Hoshino would start from P13 in his #77 car with Ollie Hancock starting the #95 TF Sport car from P15.

A busy looking start saw the GT pack more than four wide over the start line but thankfully the #88 and #89 cars come out in front in class as the race was immediately placed under Safety Car procedures as an LMP3 faulted on the pit straight. Another short period of Green running before another Safety Car for another failed LMP3 car on track interrupted the flow of the race and wasted valuable minutes of both Martin’s and Kirchhofer’s time aboard their cars but by the end of the first 30 minutes, AMR were running 1-2-3 after the #97 picked up the tail of the leaders.


Importantly for the Astons, the two Championship leading Porsche’s were still back in P4 and P5 at this stage but with only their Silver’s aboard, they would start to fall back further as the race eventually began to flow.

After a great stint in Sunday’s second round, Hoshino aboard his #77 car would get frustratingly for him stuck behind a LMP3 car as he saw out his mandatory 55 minutes behind the wheel. The #95 TF Sport car had swapped their starting driver from their Bronze of John Hartshorne to their Silver of Hancock but he too would struggle to make to much indent from his original starting position in what was still only their third race in two week aboard an AMR Vantage GT3.


Going into the second hour and the Garage 59 cars would retain the top two places (albeit swapped around in running order) by the time the first stops had worked themselves out as Yuki Nemoto had stepped in the #89 from Kirchhofer and Valentin Hasse-Clot got down to business in the #88. By the time that Adam had swapped over to Ahmad Al Harthy in the #97 car, the running order had returned to P1 for Nemoto, P2 for Hasse-Clot, P4 for Al Harthy, P15 for Tomonobu Fujii now in the #77 car and P18 for Hartshorne.

Just after the halfway mark and both Garage 59 cars now had their bronze drivers of Alex West in the #88 and Mike Benham in the #89 for their minimum driver time to defend what was then an 18 second lead over the still threatening Porsche’s behind.


Coming towards the final hour of the race, the #97 Oman Racing car of Al Harthy again pitted from his assumed lead of the race as he handed the car over to Tom Canning for the final race to the flag. Hoping to beat their brace of P7 finishes in Dubai, the Oman crew really needed a decent finish and based upon their performances so far – that looked highly possible!

That was however until the rear of the #27 Kessel Racing Ferrari suddenly met the front of the #97 Aston at the blind entry of turn 7. With the exact circumstances of the incident unclear, the result was terminal radiator damage to the #97 and that would force Canning to quickly park the now battered blue and white car in a place of safety as to prevent any further damage to the engine through overheating. Their race was now over with just fifty minutes remaining.


Such were the sequence of events at that stage of the race that the resulting Full Course Yellow had #40 and #99 Porsche’s now at the front of the order for the first time in the race with there also being little evidence of their 35kg of additional ballast having any long-term effect on their overall performances such was the depth of ability within those cars.

Martin was in P6, Tom Gamble had come out of almost nowhere aboard the #77 car to hold and push the AMR factory driver from P7 and with Kirchhofer down in P10 with only 30 minutes remaining – despite them all still posting personal bests there was nothing that any of them could do to stop the Porsche’s taking the top two steps again this time around.


Eventually finishing P6, P7 and P9 respectively for those above and in P16 for the #95 car, that leaves Sundays final race of the ALMS season as an effective ‘winner takes all’ race to decide the top four GT’s that will be presented with their Le Mans 24hr automatic invitation but with two already going to Porsche teams – that leaves about the next seven cars all squabbling over what’s left.

Photo credits - AMR / Teams / ALMS
Friday, February 19, 2021 | Read more...
Dorr Motorsport join the AMR family with an entry in ADAC GT4 Germany

Dorr Motorsport join the AMR family with an entry in ADAC GT4 Germany


The global Aston Martin Racing family became another one stronger today after the Dorr Motorsport team from Germany confirmed a new AMR Vantage GT4 for drivers Phil Dorr and Andreas Wirth in this season’s ADAC GT4 Germany Series.

Filling the void in the German national GT4 series previously held by the PROsport Performance team when they ran two brand new turbo charged AMR GT4’s in their debut year, this family backed team will support both an AMR car for one son and a new McLaren 570s for another.

Twenty-year-old Phil Dorr is another young driver who has progressed through the racing ranks and this year comes with two previous years’ worth of GT4 racing experience in both the ADAC GT4 series and the GT4 European Series including a race win and two pole positions in his then 570s entry.

Dorr is another big family chain of road car franchise’s in Germany that includes luxury marques like Aston Martin Berlin and three McLaren outlets.

Dorr is joined by thirty-six-year-old countryman Andreas Wirth who comes with extensive race experience most recently from the European Le Mans Series and many years in ADAC GT Masters.

The team expect delivery of their new race cars in the coming days before they start their season preparations ahead of six double header weekends that start at Oschersleben in mid-May.

We patiently wait for any further news of this apparent AMR Vantage GT3 entry into the headlining ADAC GT Masters Series as previously intimated by the series late last year!

Photo credits – Dorr Motorsport

Thursday, February 18, 2021 | Read more...