Racing One take their new Vantage GT4's racing in Portugal this weekend

Racing One take their new Vantage GT4's racing in Portugal this weekend

 


Just over a week ago from formally announcing their expansion in numbers with their Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4 fleet of race cars has the Racing One team over in Portugal this weekend for their drivers first competitive race aboard their latest acquisitions.

Announcing the arrival of two further Vantage GT4’s last month, taking their tally to four such cars, German based Racing One team will be out at the Autodromo Internacional Algarve racetrack near Portimao this weekend for the opening round of the GT Winter Series with drivers Christian and Moritz Gisy each taking out a new Aston Martin for some post/pre-season racing.


Having raced the team in one of their Audi R8 GT4’s in the GT4 European Series this season, Christian Gisy is no stranger to the competitive nature of modern GT4 series racing, but Moritz appears to be something of a novice so track time will be essential for him before next season.

Thirty-three multi-class GT cars now list in the provisional entry list in the first of a possible four round series running between December and March 2022.


The team’s two new cars were also apparently built up and shipped out from the Prodrive factory in the UK in just over two weeks in order to allow them to go testing before this weekends event.

Photo credits – Racing One
Wednesday, December 08, 2021 | Read more...
PROsport Racing announce another multi series GT4 and GT3 commitment in 2022

PROsport Racing announce another multi series GT4 and GT3 commitment in 2022


After their mid-season ‘hiccup’ in race series, German based PROsport Racing are looking at the early signs of another multi-series race programme in 2022 for their pair of Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4’s.

In their latest team communication, team boss Christoph Esser has confirmed intentions to compete in both the GT4 European Series and ADAC GT4 Germany Series as well as the Nordschleife Langstrecken Serie (including the Nurburgring 24hr) for which he already has a list of confirmed drivers except for one seat in their GT4 Germany Series entry.

In the NLS, it also appears that the team will be fielding one of their AMR Vantage GT3 cars for the 2022 season with an ‘existing line up’ with the possibility of a second Vantage GT3 during selected rounds as well.

“I am very happy that we can announce our full program for the coming season at such an early stage and that with one exception all the drivers that we will announce at a later date have already signed their contracts. Now I'm looking forward to Christmas, to a few days of rest. We don't have a winter break, we will travel to Dubai for the first race on January 8th. In all honesty, I'm really looking forward to 2022" said Esser.

“What started in 2019 with an extremely difficult and disappointing season is increasingly proving to be a good deal for us, namely the collaboration with Aston Martin and running the Vantage GT4. We will even purchase two more Vantage GT4s for our vast program."

The team will be entering both an Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 and GT4 in Dubai next month for two crews of established drivers who have raced with the team through the afor mentioned series this season.

Photo credits - DTM Trophy / ADAC GT4 Germany / GT Masters / Team

Wednesday, December 08, 2021 | Read more...
Magnus Racing extend the AMR family in IMSA next season

Magnus Racing extend the AMR family in IMSA next season

 


It’s great to see the Aston Martin Racing family tree continue to grow over in North America but this time with another Vantage GTD to be entered into the Weathertech Sportscar Championship.

Switching from the Acura chassis of this season sees the Magnus Racing team embrace the Vantage GTD chassis for the four rounds of the longer Endurance rounds of next season with a driver line up yet to be confirmed.


Testing their new stead at Daytona International Speedway today, the team will now have little over six weeks to prepare themselves ahead of the first round of the IMSA season that starts at Daytona with the Roar before the 24 in little over six weeks time.

Photo credit - Magnus Racing
Tuesday, December 07, 2021 | Read more...
Aston Martin GT4 line ups extended ahead of next months Dubai 24

Aston Martin GT4 line ups extended ahead of next months Dubai 24


There has been a few more additions to the entry list for next month’s Dubai 24hr with additional driver’s names being added to one Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 along with the crew of another finally being confirmed.

Last month we reported that Rodrique Gillion, Nico Verdonck and Guido Dumarey had already been confirmed within the #401 PROsport Racing AMR Vantage GT4 and now it appears that they will also be joined by both Higo Sasse and Mike David Ortmann as well.

All five drivers have been ‘regulars’ within the team at some point during the season with the former three names having competed in the NLS Series and Ultimate Cup Series whilst the two newer names paired up together most recently when the team switched from the DTM Trophy Series to the ADAC GT4 Germany Series, with some success it has to be added.

Then, we finally have confirmation that the #423 Heart of Racing AMR Vantage GT4 will again be crewed by Gray Newell, Ian James, Alex Riberas and Roman de Angelis.

First time 24H Series runners last time out in the series at Sebring last month, there will be redress required from these four after having lost a near certain class podium finish in Florida when a late gearbox issue struck them down with just two hours of the twenty-four remaining.

The two AMR Vantage GT3 runners form both TF Sport and PROsport Racing remain unchanged to those previously reported.

The 2022 24H Series Dubai 24hr event runs over the 13-15th January.

Photo credits - 24H Series / CSJ Motorsport / ADAC GT4 Germany / social media

Monday, December 06, 2021 | Read more...
Appears 2021 will finish along similar lines as to how it started

Appears 2021 will finish along similar lines as to how it started

 


The 2021 motor racing season started with continuing restrictions in track attendance and travel and it sadly looks like it will see out the year that way as well as the last two major GT series of the year suffer further effects of the continuing global situation.

Whilst we were not expecting to see any Aston Martin Racing powered teams there, yesterday should have seen the entry list published for the fourth and final round (having already been scaled back for the same reason) of the Intercontinental GT Challenge next weekend from Kyalami in South Africa. 


Instead, we received confirmation of an indefinite postponement of that round due to fresh travel restrictions being imposed in and out of the country due to a new strain of CV-19 as the series assesses their options to move forward.

Earlier this week, we also had the entry list confirmed for the final round of the GT World Challenge Australia Series at Bathurst next week.


Again, another series heavily impacted by continuing CV-19 related travel restrictions within the country meaning that Tony Quinn and his #7 Local Legends V8 Powered AMR Vantage GT3 cannot be at the event to see out his Am Class Championship challenge from his third position and being just five points in arrears going into this final round.

Additionally, we have also seen a change of heart from the Mike Bailey/Trading Garage team as they swap from their V12 AMR Vantage GT3 to a Bentley GT3 Continental in the GT Trophy Series.


Smitten by both British built GT3 race cars, we understand that this was just a matter of preference between the two chassis for Bailey at Bathurst as he still retains more than one V12 platform back home!!

Good luck to them anyway!

Photo credits
Saturday, November 27, 2021 | Read more...
Racing Spirit of Leman confirm their two Aston Martin FFSA GT4 and GT4 European effort in 2022

Racing Spirit of Leman confirm their two Aston Martin FFSA GT4 and GT4 European effort in 2022


Michelin Le Mans Cup LMP3 team Racing Spirit of Leman yesterday become the latest team in a (hopefully) long line of many to confirm a new pathway for next season along with Aston Martin Racing as their supplier of choice for an extended 2022 season expected to consist of both the FFSA GT4 Series in France and the GT4 European Series wider afield with the AMR Vantage GT4.

Having already taken delivery of one of their two new AMR Vantage GT4’s at the start of the month, it was straight into winter testing for the Swiss based team with a two-day test at Le Castellet alongside another new AMR convertee in GPA Racing and the now established AGS Events Racing team with their four Aston’s between them.


Confirming the two car joint SRO Series programme for next season, the Patrick Barbier ran team also confirmed Swiss racer Konstantin Lachenauer as their first confirmed driver after his impressive performances in the GT4 European Series last season with AGS Events Racing.

Speaking with those at the Prodrive factory, the team’s second GT4 is due to be shipped out over the turn on the year and is part of a considerable ramp up in car production at the facility that now sees their technicians working well into the night to get a 'significant number' of new GT4 platforms out to their new clients around the world in time for pre-season testing.


We also understand that there will be further announcements from teams, either expanding their AMR commitment or teams (like Racing Spirit of Leman) moving across to Aston Martin Racing, as early as next week.

Photo credit – Racing Spirit of Lemans

 

Saturday, November 27, 2021 | Read more...
Three out of four Aston Martin's so far confirmed for the Dubai 24

Three out of four Aston Martin's so far confirmed for the Dubai 24


Today’s news from TF Sport regarding their Pro-Am Class Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 entry in January’s 24H Series Dubai 24hr now places names behind three of the so far four Aston Martin’s presently listed upon the race’s provisional entry list.

Long term Creventic series racers in the UAE based Moutran brothers sees them re-joining forces Charlie Eastwood as well as experienced GT3 racer Sam De Haan, making for a potent force within the GT3 Pro-Am class which presently stands at twelve cars.


Joining them in that class shall be the PROsport Racing AMR Vantage GT3 crew of season long PROsport Racing clients of Maxime and Guillaume Dumarey alongside their Am drivers Jean Glorieux and Simon Balcaen.

Looking at the previous racing experience of all these drivers above, obviously with the exception of both Eastwood and De Haan, all the others appear set to travel to Dubai in the New Year to race in an AMR Vantage GT3 for the first time!


In the GT4 class, German based PROsport Racing also return to Dubai with one of their Aston Martin Vantage GT4’s that another set of their long-standing clients will again race. Last seen out sweeping the board in the Ultimate Speed Cup finale at Estoril has Rodrique Gillion again joining forces with driver coach and ‘resident’ team professional Nico Verdonck as well a another Dumarey – this time Guido aboard the #401 car.

Achieving parity in both the GT3 and GT4 classes but as yet without a confirmed drive line up, has the Heart of Racing team return to the 24H Series for another 24 hour after their heartache last weekend when a late gearbox failure saw them loose a class podium at the Sebring 24hr with just two hours remaining.


That is the expected entry for January’s event as of today, but as with any provisional entry list, we expect to see some manoeuvre on that over the next fifty days.

Photo credits - TF Sport / CSJ Motorsport / F Lagunas / team & driver social media
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 | Read more...
New clients take 'go to' team TF Sport to the 2022 Dubai 24Hr with one of their AMR GT3's

New clients take 'go to' team TF Sport to the 2022 Dubai 24Hr with one of their AMR GT3's

 


Creventic regulars, Duel Racing, have teamed up with UK-based TF Sport, to compete in the 2022 Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai GT3 Pro-Am class, in the #95 Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

Brothers Ramzi, Nabil and Sami Moutran will be joined by Charlie Eastwood and silver-graded Sam De Haan. Eastwood previously tackled the 24 Hours of Dubai with the UAE-based brothers, where they claimed victory in the 991 Cup class in 2019.


Whilst the Moutrans are well known to the Creventic events, scoring multiple podiums and victories over the years, TF Sport will be making their 24H Series debut in January and will be looking to add to their twice-around-the-clock win tally, adding to their 24 Hours of Le Mans and 24 Hours of Spa first place-finishes.

Sami Moutran from Duel Racing - “As Duel Racing, we have been involved in the 24H Series’ events for many years and had our fair share of success, winning two championships outright. We have been fortunate enough to have class wins at the Dubai 24 hours in both a Seat and a Porsche 991. When we decided to step up to the top category the choice of partner was a relatively straight-forward one, we were looking for a team that could bring the same level of competitive spirit, winning culture and family values that we as Duel Racing have always had. 


TF Sport is at the top of the GT3 game, and that's exactly where we want to be. Add to that, the opportunity to partner with Charlie again and having Sam on board, it was a no brainer. Let's see what happens when we put two championship winning outfits together!”

The ‘night and day’ livery which dons the Aston Martin GT3 is based on Duel Racing’s 2015 24H Series championship-winning colours.

Source material - TF Sport
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 | Read more...
AMR's latest GT4 recruit testing already ahead of 2022 plans

AMR's latest GT4 recruit testing already ahead of 2022 plans


Just one weekend after announcing their transition from Ginetta Junior racing through to GT4 racing in the British GT Championship next season had Josh Miller and R Racing up at Donington Park today sampling something of what was to come.

With the help of TF Sport and the temporary loan of what was Connor O’Brien and Patrick Kibble’s 2020 entered Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4, had Miller get some early mileage in with his new chosen stead all under the watchful eye of Phil Glew and Matt George.

Having spoken with the team, this test with TF Sport was something of a matter of convenience and information learning curve as the R Racing team develop their early knowledge of the AMR GT4 platform prior to their new chassis arriving over the winter.

Still no news on a co-driver!

Photo credits – Team social media
Monday, November 22, 2021 | Read more...
Uno Racing do themselves proud as they take their AMR GT3's to Macau

Uno Racing do themselves proud as they take their AMR GT3's to Macau



With the street circuit lined Armco barrier being as unforgiving as usual, the 68th running of the Macau Grand Prix was just as a bruising affair at it usually is for the nineteen strong entry that competed in the Sands China Macau GT Cup races at the weekend.

Featuring two Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT3’s from the Uno Racing team, this event was the first time that the latest generation of AMR Vantage GT3 had competed in the event since 2015 when three V12 examples raced for the then AMR powered Craft Bamboo team.


Well fashioned in livery designs from the two Oriental fashion houses, their #38 car was driven by long term GT3 racer Marchy Lee whilst their #91 car was driven by David Pun, a Gentleman driver who had stepped up to GT3 racing only this season within the Chinese GTSSC Series.

Competing against some more experienced and hardened racers, their short Qualifying session allowed them to Qualify P7 and P9 respectively for Saturday afternoon’s shorter eight lap race of the Sands China Macau GT Cup. The earlier warm up however, was marred by a big impact for the #17 Audi R8 which resulted in one destroyed car, significant barrier damage and sadly multiple chest injuries for the driver.


Down to eighteen starters for Race 1, a street circuit layout again confirmed just how hard it was to pass as both Aston’s initially dropped back before recovering again to run together just behind the lead pack in P5 and P6 overall before an engine failure for a Lamborghini going into Lisboa curtailed the race as the approaching P2 Mercedes AMG GT3 of former AMR racer Darryl O’Young spun off and crashed into the barrier from the dropped fluid.

The race was red flagged at this point and then quickly conformed as not restarting at the track curfew and release back into public use approached – P5 for Lee and P6 for Pun were later confirmed.


Those results were then used to form the starting grid for the twelve-lap race finale on Sunday and it was another feisty start for the grid as Marchy Lee ran three wide into Lisboa but was lucky to come out the other side in one piece leaving the two Astons again running line astern in P6 and P7 by the end of the first lap.

With the top four cars again breaking away with a big gap then back to Lee, drama again soon unfolded as first a Mercedes contacted the barrier and stopped on track before another Lamborghini hit the barrier harder at another part of the circuit.


Further debris from a tyre blow out on a Porsche lead to the need for a Safety car to help clear the circuit to allow at least a last lap dash to the flag from where Lee finished just the overall podium in P4 with Pun just behind in P5 overall but P3 in his CAMF Class to mark a fine return of the brand to the Macau scene.

Congratulations to all involved.

Photo credits - Macau GT
Monday, November 22, 2021 | Read more...
Two AMR Vantage GT3's get set to compete at Macau

Two AMR Vantage GT3's get set to compete at Macau


Tomorrow sees that start of the formal track proceedings ahead of the running of the 68th Macau Grand Prix this weekend around the distinctive street circuit of the semi-autonomous region of coastal China.

For the first time since a three-car effort back in 2015, this weekend’s event shall see the return of Aston Martin Racing’s latest Vantage GT3 platform, this time running in the hands of Uno Racing for their drivers David Pun and Marchy Lee.


With neither driver no stranger to the demands of the circuit and with the entry list for this weekend’s Sands China Macau GT Cup races being restricted to Chinese (and colony) nationals rather than being opened up to the wider audience for an FIA sanctioned event, the #38 car of Lee and the #91 car of Pun will face just as a good a chance within the two races as the next driver in the provisional 19 car grids.

Running just a 25-minute Free Practice session on Friday before a 25-minute Qualifying session later in the time, track time is obviously being limited around the 3.8 mile Guia street circuit for the Grand Prix’s six series programme.


Saturday will then see a brief warm up session before their first eight lap race that will start at 15:50hrs local before a further 12 lap race on Sunday at 13:10hrs local.

Both Aston Martin’s will be conspicuously liveried to represent the two fashion labels that a supporting the teams with Pun’s Evisu fashion empire (presently celebrating their 30th anniversary) supporting his #91 car with the Bathing Ape label supporting Lee’s #31 car.


As with any street circuit race, incident and accident is never too far away!!

Photo credits – Uno Racing / Macau GP
Thursday, November 18, 2021 | Read more...
The first of hopefully many new AMR team announcements

The first of hopefully many new AMR team announcements


We like surprises – and especially so during the long, drawn-out days and nights in-between the end of one season and the beginning of next so today’s unexpected news on social media was warmly welcome.

Having heard in recent weeks (from many sources inside of Aston Martin Racing and out), that AMR powered attendance in many GT3 and GT4 series across Europe would potentially increase in numbers for the 2022 season, the first of hopefully a long line of news announcements came through today to support that theory.


R-Racing, a team up until now more accustomed to running Ginetta Junior race cars has todays confirmed as taking the next logical step up the racing ladder with one of their young drivers into the GT4 class of racing and an entry into next season’s British GT Championship.

With only outline details being made available, today’s news confirmed that the team will be entering an AMR Vantage GT4 into next season’s British GT Championship with driver Josh Miller following two seasons in the Ginetta Junior Series for the 16-year-old from Kent.


No co-driver was announced today but with the team also taking on full Partner status with AMR, it could be another factory supported driver like Matt Topham had with factory driver Darren Turner this season which helped them to earn themselves their GT4 Pro-Am Championship after another thrilling season at Donington Park last month.

We like good news!!

Welcome to #TeamAMR

Photo credits – R Racing

 

Thursday, November 18, 2021 | Read more...
First win at Petit Le Mans for the AMR Vantage GT3 with the Heart of Racing team

First win at Petit Le Mans for the AMR Vantage GT3 with the Heart of Racing team

 


Aston Martin’s Vantage GT3 recorded a glorious class victory in the US endurance classic Petit Le Mans thanks to partner team The Heart of Racing (THoR) and drivers Ian James (GBR), Ross Gunn (GBR) and Roman De Angelis (CDN).

Introduced in 1998, the 10-Hour race held at Road Atlanta, in Braselton, Georgia, represents the finale of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, North America’s premier endurance series. Over the years it has grown in stature and is now considered one of the most coveted prizes in GT and sportscar racing. For the Seattle-based THoR team, a hard-earned victory in the GTD class that went right to the wire in Saturday’s day-to-night event caps a brilliant season with the British luxury sportscar brand.

Powered by a four-litre, twin-turbo-charged V8 engine derived from the road car, THoR’s Vantage also recorded its first IMSA-sanctioned championship title in 2021. Gunn and AMR Driver Academy candidate De Angelis clinched the Sprint Cup GTD title at Long Beach, following race victories at Belle Isle and Lime Rock. But their Road Atlanta win marked the team’s first long distance race victory, and its most significant, at the highest level with Aston Martin.

The win also marked the first triumph for Aston Martin at Petit Le Mans since Darren Turner (GBR) and Tomáš Enge (CZE) led home Pedro Lamy (POR) and Stephane Sarrazin (FRA) in a famous one-two in the GT1 class for Aston Martin Racing with a brace of DBR9s in 2006.

Having started this year’s incident-packed event cautiously, James initially focussed on staying on the lead lap and running long stints to maximise track position before handing over to Gunn and De Angelis who went on the attack as the race ramped up into the night. Rarely out of the top three, Gunn and De Angelis were persistent front-runners. And following a superb final stint from the Canadian, Gunn was able to pit earlier than his rivals in the climactic run to the flag and soaked up the pressure from the Pfaff Motorsports Porsche in the final laps of the race. The victory ensured that the team and its drivers secured third in the overall GTD standings.

“This win means so much to everyone at The Heart of Racing and Aston Martin Racing,” said works driver Gunn after the race. “We’ve put a lot of time and energy into working with THoR, and the car and the team have been brilliant all season-long. For me personally it’s a career highlight to win my first major ‘blue riband’ race in the US, and for us as a team it proves what we are capable of, with the right equipment.”

THoR team principal and driver James added: “This is an awesome result and it’s a testament to all the hard-working and talented individuals we have in this team. The Aston Martin Vantage has proved to be a competitive machine all season, and today Roman and Ross were simply brilliant; they weren’t going to let anyone beat us, we were just on fire all day!”

John Gaw, Managing Director of Aston Martin Racing, said: “The second half of this season has proved emphatically just how much of a force the Aston Martin Vantage is in international GT racing at present. To win at Petit Le Mans, Aston Martin’s first win here in 15 years, is an outstanding achievement and an example of why the car is such a fierce competitor in the hands of our capable partners. Coming off the back of championship wins in Japan’s Super Taikyu series, British GTs and IMSA, as well as race victories in the Nürburgring Langstrecken Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship, and not forgetting the overall podium finish in the Spa 24 Hours, Vantage is now the equal of any machine at all levels of GT competition.”

Source material - Aston Martin Racing
Monday, November 15, 2021 | Read more...
A full house for PROsport Racing and a Class Championship for Team Virage at Estoril finale

A full house for PROsport Racing and a Class Championship for Team Virage at Estoril finale

 


There were extraordinary events at the final round of the Ultimate Cup Series from Estoril, Portugal at the weekend for the two Aston Martin Racing runners that rounded their European seasons off on something of a high.

Part time season entrant Team Virage returned with their young Mexican and AMR Drivers Academy racer, Jose Antonio Ledesma as he joined his third different co-driver in the series (Xavier Follenfant) for the final endurance race on Sunday to decide the winner of that Championship.


Joining them in Portugal were the PROsport Racing pairing of Rodrique Gillion and his driver coach Nico Verdonck for some late season racing in both the series GT endurance and GT Sprint races, all in preparation ahead of their proposed entry into January’s 24H of Dubai.

Over the course of Saturday, both Gillion and Verdonck enjoyed a clean sweep of class wins across the four Kennol GT Touring Sprint races to then back that up with a joint class win in Sunday’s four-hour NAPA GT Touring Endurance race. 


That obviously make for plenty of silverware for their flights home afterwards.


From the Team Virage side of things, Saturday didn’t go exactly to plan as an apparent heavy off for the Aston Martin during private practice made that unracable for Sunday’s finale, so in team family spirit they were able to borrow the other of PROsport Racing’s two AMR Vantage GT4’s from which Ledesma was able to follow the PROsport guys home second in class and that was enough for him to secure the Mexican the GT Endurance title.

Photo credits – Teams / Drivers social media
Sunday, November 14, 2021 | Read more...