Miedecke Stone Motorsport need someone to help build something beautiful

Miedecke Stone Motorsport need someone to help build something beautiful

Australian based Miedecke Stone Motorsport are in the recruitment market looking for an experienced race mechanic to help build various fine tin top race cars for the team as well as their brand new Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3!

Chassis #39 was acquired by the team at the mid way point of last year alongside another customer bought GT3 car, with their car being intended to be run by them at the 2018 Bathurst 12hour event.

Whilst we do not yet know where this car will be run in 2018, one thing for sure is that their new GT3 will be the last AMR V12 Vantage GT3 to be built even though the last V12 chassis has already left the Prodrive factory!
Friday, February 23, 2018 |
Team Brit braving the cold at Brands Hatch

Team Brit braving the cold at Brands Hatch

Another significant milestone was achieved by TeamAMR's latest member with Team Brit running their new Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4 for the first time around the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent today.

With the team having been formed back in 2010 by Dave Player and a now regular sight on the national racing circuit, 2018 sees the "most inspirational team in motorsport" take another giant leap forward into the realms of GT racing for the first time this year with selected entries into both the British GT Championship and Creventic's 24H Series events for any combination of their six, so far named drivers.

On hand today to continue raising media awareness of the team and their efforts to become the first ever all disabled team to compete at Le Mans was none other than former F1 Champion and BRDC President Damon Hill.

Hopefully we can get some footage and some quotes from the team in due course but in the meantime here's a very healthy hand clap from us!!

Photo credits - Team Brit

Friday, February 23, 2018 |
Winter testing gathers pace from Oulton Park

Winter testing gathers pace from Oulton Park

Just a few days after their first test of the winter months ,TF Sport were back at it today clocking in the laps at Oulton Park all in readiness for the opening round of the 2018 British GT Championship at the circuit come the end of March.

Significantly this time, the team's two bronze drivers Mark Farmer and Derek Johnston were this time joined by both halves of the infamous AMR 'Dane Train' who had their first taste of their respective Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3's as well as a re-aquaintance/familiarisation with the circuit.

Joining Mark Farmer in his #11 car this year will be AMR factory WEC driver Nicki Thiim whilst Derek Johnston will be joined by Marco Sorensen in his #17 car.

Not alone at Oulton Park, Beechdean AMR were also out testing their V12 Vantage GT3 with Andrew Howard and (also AMR Factory WEC Driver) Darren Turner behind the wheel for the first time this year as that duo change platforms and series together for the 2018 season having raced Howards GTE together in the European Le Mans Series.

This news here was that - for the first time since its creation, the teams X3 chassis car sported a pure white wrap instead of its usual blue/ white and cartoon character livery that we have all become accustomed to. Howard has already confirmed that a new for 2018 livery will be on the car for the start of the season.

Also at the circuit were the Generation SuperRacing team of Matt George and James Holder in their predominately white AMR V8 Vantage GT4. We were told by team boss James Appleby at the Autosport Show back in January that the pairing will be entering ad-hoc European GT4 / FFSA GT4 Series events in their Vantage GT4 subject to grid availability (which we understand may just well be at a premium this year) as well as the Aston Martin Racing festival at Le Mans in June.

The pair are of course involved in Holder's Jaguar Invictus Games GT4 programme within British GT.

Photo credits - TF Sport / Beechdean AMR

Friday, February 23, 2018 |
Fifty Shades of TF Sport

Fifty Shades of TF Sport

Anyone at Donington may have thought that the colour button had been somewhat muted as Surrey based TF Sport kicked off their British GT testing account at the circuit yesterday.

Proudly sporting the Danish names above the door of the team's new pro-drivers, it was left to the team's Gentleman drivers of Derek Johnston and Mark Farmer to re-aquaint themselves with their V12 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3's for the first time since taking their 1-2 finish at the final round of British GT Championship last year.

From what the teams PR crew told us and contrary to previous reports (including ours), we now understand that the final livery choice for each car has still yet to be finalised by the team who indeed used the test sessions to see 'what looked good' on the cars out in the winter sun!!

The purpose of the team releasing only black and white images was simply not to give anything away ahead of the final livery reveal which will be some time very soon!.

Photo credits - TF Sport / Jacob Ebrey

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 |
Red Bull RB14 displaying their 'Wings' in 2018

Red Bull RB14 displaying their 'Wings' in 2018

There was no mistaking the increased presence of the Aston Martin name and logo aboard the new Red Bull Racing RB14 Formula One car unveiled this morning as the race team and prestigious car manufacturer enter into their innovation partnership and title sponsor deal for 2018.

Having seen the AML marque feature on the Red Bull F1 car in a more subtle manner for the last couple of years, 2018 sees the two enter into an extensive technical partnership both on and off the track.

Having already seen those within the two companies come up with the 'ultimate' hypercar in the form of the Aston Martin Valkyrie (a car that may be seen on track as early at the Aston Martin Festival support event at Le Mans in 2018) it is hoped that further strives can be made with the establishment of their new shared Advanced Performance Centre in Milton Keynes.

At a very wet Silverstone circuit today, Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo took the car out for its first tentative steps around the National circuit with the car adorned in a bespoke livery purely for PR purposes (unfortunately because we like its form and simplicity).

Testing proper for the F1 team starts next week.

Photo credits - Red Bull Racing
Monday, February 19, 2018 |
Full China GT season beckons for Gunn in 2018?

Full China GT season beckons for Gunn in 2018?

Having obviously made a lasting impression with those within the China Equity AMR team last year, it appears that Aston Martin Racing's hired gun (Ross Gunn) will again be making those long haul flights for the 2018 China GT Championship.

Paired up last year with Taiwanese driver Stanley Yang, he and Gunn achieved a 75% success rate in those four races they had together, results that went a long way in recovering the overall championship position for the team and their V8 Vantage GT4 having languished at its foot for a time.

At the last event of last year, Gunn's unavailability was covered by fellow Brit Jack Mitchell (then of MacMillan Racing) who own success secured Yang third place overall in the final standings.

By placing Gunn within the team from the very start of the upcoming 2018 season, both AMR and China Equity hope to establish a secure sounder footing within the Chinese national GT championship having had to skip four races (two rounds) last year which wasn't a good position to be in for the Prodrive supported and major AML stakeholder team.

The Aston Martin brand was also represented by customer team Zea Fea Racing who enjoyed initial and then later success within the championship before ending the season behind China Equity AMR. We await to hear of any news from them for 2018.

The 2018 China GT season is due to start in mid April at the champions Official Test at the Beijing Goldensport Circuit before the first two races of the season from the Zhuhai Circuit near Macau before culminating twelve races late at Shanghai in October.

When we last spoke to Gunn, we know that he thoroughly enjoyed the racing scene in China particularly the more obscured circuits that remain off the international race scene. The food meanwhile was something else - something he may need to stick at for a bit!!

Photo credits - China GT

Friday, February 16, 2018 |
What the best dressed AMR fan is now wearing!

What the best dressed AMR fan is now wearing!

Just as we suspected at the Autosport Show last month, there is indeed a new line of Aston Martin Racing replica racewear coming on line for the start of the 2018 World Endurance Championship.

Presently limited to just men's/women's polo shirts, T shirt, wooly hat and 'travel wear', all can be viewed and purchased from AMR's official outlet HERE

Thursday, February 15, 2018 |
"Another positive test"

"Another positive test"

That was the term given to the last four days of extensive testing by Aston Martin Racing after the first extensive running of their two new V8 Vantage GTE Pro cars entered into the 2019/19 World Endurance Championship.

With the Test Car having previously taken all of the team's attention on track, some seriously long hours from those within the Prodrive workshop delivered two brand new 2018 GTE Pro cars just in time for last weekend's test at the Motorland Aragon Circuit in central Spain for their six allotted drivers as confirmed at last Fridays FIA WEC/ACO announcements.

From what little information has come out of the test we can assume that emphasis was on both preparing these two brand new race cars as well as further tyre development testing with the teams new Michelin partners.

Joining them in Spain were both the #98 and #90 GTE Am cars from AMR and TF Sport with a part driver line up in each as they also introduced themselves back to and across to the Michelin rubber for the season ahead respectively.

The team now has just a 'handful' more test dates available to them (including the teams annual 'family test' weekend this year in Portimao) between now and the WEC Prologue Test at Paul Ricard circuit in France at the beginning of April to ready themselves for the onslaught of ten car GTE Pro class and nine car GTE Am class!!

Photo credits - AMR / social media

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 |
Oman Racing continue their TF Sport - Blancpain GT Endurance alliance

Oman Racing continue their TF Sport - Blancpain GT Endurance alliance

Completing the trilogy of racing series again for the Surrey based TF Sport team today came confirmation of the return of the Oman Racing Team to the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup with new drivers and in a new class.

Pro-Am Class winners in 2017 and runners up in class at the Spa 24 last year, the TF Sport prepared  Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3 returns to the European circuit with a revised line up compared to last year of Ahmad Al Harthy, Charlie Eastwood and Euan McKay - obviously to make the new all Silver grade line up.

McKay returns to the team having raced with them at the Gulf 12hrs in December where technical gremlins cost their car an overall race podium. Eastwood meanwhile is the latest recruit to the team and features with them in the World Endurance Championship endeavours alongside past Oman Racing drivers Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey.

Team boss Tom Ferrier said “We’re looking forward to the challenge again. It’s a step up for Ahmad now as a Silver driver and it will be good to see him race with two of our rising stars in Charlie and Euan. Consistency is always key and we want to make sure we finish each race and make sure that we’re in the position to challenge for the Silver Cup.”
Official Test days for the Blancpain GT Series at Paul Ricard are just a month away!

Photo credit - TF Sport
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 |