Unfortunately, not that one………!
RacecarsDirect.com have listed the Young Driver AMR Aston Martin Racing DBR9 that we last saw out at a circuit at the Aston Martin Racing Festival at Le Mans 2015 when team boss Jan Struve was supposed to race it in the 24H support event.
It unfortunately didn't as the fuel cell was beyond its homologation hence it ended the weekend acting as an awning support for the teams Zagato!!
Jan Struve himself is to be seen racing next at the 12Hours of Bathurst as he joins the R-Motorsport team in their V8 Vantage GT4 (see previous listings).
Further details of the car can be found HERE
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Only last week we were speculating that the final seat within R-Motorsport's Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4 would be for Aston Martin Lagonda's CEO, Andy Palmer - before he dashed on those matches soon after at least!
Instead, the team have announced that that seat goes to an equally nice guy and fan favourite in Jan Struve, boss of the Danish Young Driver racing team that clinched both the Drivers and GTE Pro teams Championships in the 2016 World Endurance Championship with Marco Sorensen, Nicki Thiim and Aston Martin Racing.
He joins the team for the first time alongside those already announced in the GT4 - Andreas Baenziger and Peter Leemhuis
Miedecke Stone AMR have today released the driver line up for their #35 car that shall compete in this years Liqui-Moly 12Hours of Bathurst early next month.
Joining George Miedecke in the Class A (GT3) Vantage shall be Miedecke Stone AMR returnee and regular Porsche jockey Ashley Walsh. Walsh last raced with the team at the fuji round of the GT Asia series last year, helping the team to understand and interpret the racing characteristics of their then new car and even narrowly missing out on a podium finish first time out!
Team AMR was again well represented at this years Autosport International Show at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre, a show that we were fortunate enough to visit last Thursday.
Displaying no fewer than four AMR Vantages from across its racing category and with GT cars from other manufacturers, this years show did its best to raise the profile of GT racing in general to a large and captive audience at both a national and international levels.
Featuring on pride of place within the Pirelli stand was last years British GT Championship winning TF Sport car of Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam. Both drivers had opportunities on the microphone to speak publicly (on various sponsor/supplier stands) about their season gone and for the expectations for the coming year. Adam for one was expecting a busier international year of commitment!
As promised late last year, Johnston met up with the guys and girls at the British Motorsport Marshal's Club stand to donate his crash helmet from least year as the club looks to raise funds for their members. Details on how you can enter into winning said crash helmet will be confirmed as soon as they are known either by public auction or sealed bids.
Whilst Johnston spoke on the Pirelli stand, Adam would have his turn over on the Sunoco stand as he and this years winners of the Sunoco Challenge, Max Bladon and Seb Morris spoke about their experiences at the Roar before the 24 and their hopes and expectations at their events at the Rolex24 later this month.
Other cars on display included a rather 'mixed and matched' AMR V8 Vantage GTE which sported the colour scheme and numbers of the 2016 World Endurance Championship team and driver winning car, although all was not quite as it should have been!
A version of that car was due to run in the live arena at the show this year with Darren Turner but that sadly failed to materialise some weeks before the show. Turner did make an appearance on stage to discuss his Base Performance simulator business.
Other cars of note included the new for 2017 Macmillan Racing V12 Vantage GT3 which Jack Mitchell and James Littlejohn will run in the British GT championship. Whilst Mitchell was out racing in the Dubai 24 it was left to newcomer Littlejohn to mix with the crowd. For some reason their car had resided itself within the VIP lounge area - not exactly your normal piece of lounge furniture but hay-ho!
That left the Beechdean GT3 and the GT4 raced by Aston Martin restoration expert Desmond Smail to pick up the pieces as display articles on component supplier stands.
R-Motorspotrt, the racing division of Swiss based Aston Martin St Gallen have been slowly but surely confirming most of the identities of their two car, six driver line up for February's 12hours of Bathurst.
Already confirmed within the Invitational Class entered Aston Martin Vantage GT8's first racing appearance outside of continental Europe will be the return to the Mountain of St Gallen's and R-Motorsport's co-owner Florian Kamelger who will be racing alongside Bathurst newcomers Markus Lungstrass (a Nordschleife driver coach) and Aston Martin Racing works driver Darren Turner.
Peter Leemhuis who also returns to both the Mountain and the R-Motorsport team having won his class in his last venture out in the Liqui-Moly event and having last raced with the team in 2016 at the Nurburgring 24H where he Bainziger, Kamelger and Mal Rose finished third in class in the teams GT4.
With no Aston Martin runners registered to make the start of the opening round of the 2017 International Endurance Series, it is left to us to look for a former #TeamAMR driver for accept our support of this weekends 24hour.
Without splitting hairs over anyone who may have raced an Aston in decades gone by, it appears that the official entry list gives us a choice of five former Aston Martin GTE, GT3 or GT4 runners. They are:-
- Stuart Leonard in the #4 Belgium Audi Club Team WRT - formally of Leonard AMR (Blancpain)
- Tom Onslow-Cole in the #16 SPS Automotive Mercedes AMG GT3 - Formally of Strata 21 (British GT)
- Stuart Hall #27 GP Extreme Renault RS01 - formally of Aston Martin Racing (WEC)
- Jack Mitchell - #229 Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 - Still of MacMillan Racing (British GT)
- Paul White - #99 RKC/TGM Honda Civic - Formally of Strata 21 (British GT)
You takes your choice…………!
More akin to racing around the national circuits of Britain in his Cooper Class Mini Challenge car, 2017 Sunoco Challenge winner Max Bladon found himself elevated to the dizzy heights of testing an Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4 ready for the Continental Tyre Sports Car Challenge four hour support race at the Rolex 24 at the end of January.
With past winners usually testing a Sunoco liveried Ford Mustang (or similar), Bladen found himself placed with CTSC and Aston Martin stalwarts Automatic Racing for this weekends three day test spending time in both of the teams #09 and #99 GS class entered cars.
Indeed, far from embarrassing himself he and his team mates (together with the two TRG-AMR entries pictured below) finished the extended test all within the top half of the T&S screen which, for a car/tyre/team/circuit novice is truly admirable.
The #71 Gregory Milzcik/Brandon Davis TRG-AMR car indeed finished P2 overall come the end of the CTSC test session.
All return to Daytona for their extended for 2017 four hour support race prior to the Rolex 24 race itself on Saturday 28th January.