CMRT class success in Blancpain GT Asia

CMRT class success in Blancpain GT Asia



After missing the last round of Blancpain GT Series Asia due to business commitments, James Cai and Kenneth Lim made a successful return to the championship at Fuji in their #69 CMRT Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

A fifth place in the Am-Am class, after accident damage forced an unscheduled pit stop, in the first race of the weekend was followed up by a second in class, Kenneth Lim having led the class for much of his stint in the car.

It took the duo a while to shake off the cobwebs, not having sat in a race car for three months, but by the first race day they were back in the groove and feeling confident. However, contact on the first lap saw Cai having to pit twice to repair the damage and the time lost resulted in a drop to fifth in class.

“With the pace both drivers demonstrated today, I am confident we can be on the podium tomorrow,” was the opinion of Team Manager, Martin Quick.

Indeed, he proved to be correct, with Lim taking second place after a good start and this soon became first when the leading Audi fell by the wayside. After the pit stops had cycled through James Cai emerged in second place which he held to the flag.

Round five of the series will be held at Shanghai on 24 September. “As most of our class competitors have a lot of experience compared to James in particular we know that they will not get much quicker whereas James and Kenneth are improving with every event,” said Quick. “We cannot wait for Shanghai where I am sure we can be closer to a class win.”

Source material - CMRT Eurasia
Monday, August 21, 2017 | Read more...
MSM to skip Sydney101

MSM to skip Sydney101

George Miedecke earlier confirmed that he and the Miedecke Stone Motorsport team shall indeed skip next weekends Sydney Motorsport Park's opening round of the Australian Endurance Series.

Despite hoping to compete and defend their 2016 winning achievement it appears that factors unknown have prevented this.

George did however confirm that his father Andrew shall be out racing again in a V8 Vantage GT4 in a few weeks time
Saturday, August 12, 2017 | Read more...
News in brief

News in brief

Being away from home with the same old issue of intermittent broadband there's just enough time to bring you these updates.

Firstly, we see the return of the CMRT by Eurasia Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage at the fourth round of the Blancpain GT Asia Series at Fuji Sppedway. Despite missing races 5 & 6 from Suzuka, drivers James Cai and Kenneth Lim still lay third in the GT3 Am Championship.

Over at Silverstone today, Italian based Solaris Motorsport tested their GT3 ahead of next months round of the International GT Open Series. The team elected to site out the last round of the series at the Hungaroring to undertake more testing and set up work after their original chassis was written off in winter testing at Paul Ricard.

Finally, and with only a week to go before the opening round of the Australian Endurance Championship from Sydney Motorsport Park we have still to hear from last years winners from Miedecke Stone Motorsport as to their participation in the SMP101 event. They were certainly due to enter but that has yet to be confirmed.


Saturday, August 12, 2017 | Read more...
Team AMR - winners and looses at Brands Hatch

Team AMR - winners and looses at Brands Hatch

 

After the heavy rain showers across Saturday's Free Practice and Qualifying sessions, Sunday's race would at least be completed under more stable weather conditions leading to the expectation of another great GT3 and GT4 race and that was exactly what we got.

The #24 MacMillan GT3 of Jack Mitchell and James Littlejohn again took top honours for the AMR marque with a front row start alongside the then championship leading Barwell Lamborghini with the #11 TF Sport of Mark Farer and Jon Barnes just behind.

A revitalised #1 TF Sport line up of Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam was obvious having finally got to the bottom and had resolved the understeer issue that has blighted them for most of the season. Both drivers confirmed that very minor structural damage to the front end alignment was to blame and that has now been remedied at the Prodrive factory - they would be starting P7.


In GT4, the #62 Academy crew of Will Moore and Matt Nichol-Jones claimed their first class pole position of the season having benefitting from a perfect call to switch to slicks during Qualifying just as the track had dried sufficiently to gain from them. The last full season GT4 entry of Jan Jonck and Will Phillips appeared to have it all to do starting from P12.

With Littlejohn taking the start for the #24 he was very quickly stating his intentions to Jon Minshaw in the #33 Lambo by taking the lead coming out of Paddock Hill bend on lap 1 before having to settle for P2 again for just the next ten minutes or so. Just behind Farmer held station in P3 whilst Johnston followed suit. Moore started in the #62 but was soon overtaken by the #100 McLaren for the class lead but there was still just under two hours to go!!!


First trouble came after only about half an hour of racing when Moore's #62 car suddenly slowed on track before a disconsolate Moore parked the car just onto the start of the Grand Prix loop. Such bad luck for him considering their recent run of bad luck in the championship but for the spectator however, the resulting Safety Car at least back the pack back together for the restart. 

Just before the mandatory stops around the hour mark disaster was then to befall the then race leading #24 MacMillan GT3 car with a sticking throttle that put them out of the race and thus ending any remote possibility of them winning any further GT3 Championship.


One car very noticeably making steady progress up the leader board was the #42 MacMillan GT4 of Will Phillips. Given the ability this time to stay out of trouble in the mid pack this time (its the team joke to rib him about the number of bumpers he has been through this season) Phillips had soon progressed to P5 by the time of his stop.

With the pits stops now over each of the remaining AMR cars had their Pro drivers on board. Jon Barnes headed the bunch in third with Adam close behind in fourth. Indeed that situation would continue until till the end of the race with Barnes doing enough to deter any move from Adam beating the AMR works driver to the final step on the podium by just 2.5 seconds.


Jan Jonck now in the #42 GT4 was having a similar race to Adam, sitting for lap after lap behind the long term race leading #100 McLaren before a final 'elbows out' manoeuvre going into Druids forced his V8 Vantage passed on the inside into the slow right hander - he would never look back taking the class win from the slowly catching Toleman McLaren.

Whilst it was commiserations to the #24 and #62 crews it was congratulations to the #11 and #42 cars earning themselves the third and first step of the podium respectively. Having just missed out on a podium, todays performance had at least left a smile of Johnston's face - he was happy to be back!



With all chance of any further championships being won, the final round of the 2017 British GT Championship form Donington Park in September will be a more relaxed affair than before with only personal and team pride at stake.

Podium photo credits - Jacob Ebrey






  
Tuesday, August 08, 2017 | Read more...
Peter Cate to test Vantage GT3 at Nurburgring

Peter Cate to test Vantage GT3 at Nurburgring



Aston Martin Nordschleife specialist Peter Cate has revealed that he will be taking up large step up the racing ladder this week by testing an AMR V12 Vantage GT3 on the Nurburgring Grand Prix loop later this week.



Having made his mark competing on the Nordschleife for over fourteen years, Cate has spent the last seven racing principally for Aston Martin Lagonda principally and their Test Centre squad in the SP8 class in both the ADAC N24 and VLN Series races.





This year Cate joined up with AMR works drivers Darren Turner and Nicki Thiim together with R Motorsport's  Markus Lungstrass to win the SP8 class and finish P22 overall in the 'one of a kind' AML Vantage GT8.


At the moment we understand that this is a simple 'no strings attached' test but will be his first experience of a GT3 platform.


Photo credits - AMR / Cate
Monday, August 07, 2017 | Read more...
AMR fest on the streets of Copenhagen

AMR fest on the streets of Copenhagen


It appears that those in Copenhagen this weekend had a right feast of motor sport activity at their annual Historic Grand Prix event.

Including racing and displays from a whole range of race cars and series of various ages, it appears that they were also given a spectacle of everything old and new from Aston Martin Racing including the form of the older Young Driver AMR DB9 and the newer AMR Vantage Pro and Rapide with various things in between.



With not only Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen being on hand, they were also joined by Jan Struve and Jac Nellemann from Young Driver AMR (amongst others) to put on a display including a run in the YD AMR 2016 WEC GTE Pro winning car (or on every much like it). Danish squad, Massive Motorsport were also there but only in the Danish Touring Car running guise.



Thanks for all who posted photos and video of the event on-line

Photo credits - Social Media / Copenhagen Historic GP
Sunday, August 06, 2017 | Read more...
Academy Motorsport shine the brightest at Brands

Academy Motorsport shine the brightest at Brands


Dual SRO Series duo Matt Nichol-Jones and Will Moore finally hooked it together this afternoon to claim pole position in the GT4 class for tomorrows penultimate round of the 2017 British GT Championship from Brands Hatch.

With all the teams facing some really tricky track conditions today with sometimes very heavy rain showers between sessions (and importantly just before GT Qualifying itself) the crew of the #62 car carried calm heads to claim their first class pole of the season by over a tenth from the second placed #100 McLaren 570S in the incredible strong 18 car entry.


Further to the front go of the grid, top honours in the GT3 field again went to the #24 MacMillan Racing Vantage of Jack Mitchell and James Littlejohn who finished second to the 'absolutely flying' championship leading Lamborghini of Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw.

Just behind them was the #11 TF Sport entered V12 Vantage of Jon Barnes and Mark Farmer, who at one point this morning had to get their car dug out of the gravel at Paddock Hill bend following a 'miscalculation' on Farmer's part during Free Practice.


The remaining full season entered GT3 of Jonny Adam and Dereck Johnston finished their Qualifying in P7 whilst the remaining GT4 entry of Jan Jonck and Will Phillips finished mid table in P10. The one off entry from Ultimate Speed Racing struggled for pace throughout the day to finish at the rear of the GT3 grid some seconds off the time of the car in front.

Tomorrows two hour race starts 14 14:10hours and should the weather be anything like it has been today it would be a brave person who would predict the podium in either class.

Photo credits - Jacob Ebrey
Saturday, August 05, 2017 | Read more...
Competition time on the horizon

Competition time on the horizon


Thanks to the kind people at Prodrive we will be offering two of these Aston Martin Racing commemorative posters as prizes to two lucky 'winners' from a simple Twitter competition that we shall be setting up in the next few weeks.

Designed to rejoice in the teams GTE Pro class win for the #97 Vantage at Le Mans this year, this Jonny Adam signed poster is truly a special 'money cannot buy' item for any discerning AMR fan.

We will give you all plenty of warning so no need to worry about being away on holiday!!

Friday, August 04, 2017 | Read more...
Waiting for news from Miedecke Stone Motorsport

Waiting for news from Miedecke Stone Motorsport


From the outset of the 2017 Australian GT season we have known that the New South Wales based Miedecke Stone Motorsport team would only be scheduled to compete in their 'local' race of the Australian Endurance Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Twelve months ago the father and son duo won (quite deservedly) the Sydney101 race with their yellow, white and black #95 Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3 and with the 2017 round just two weeks away we are still awaiting confirmation of the teams entry.

We did see several weeks ago that George Miedecke had suffered a painful looking ankle injury that would at least delay his training programme leading into the race but for the last 4-6 weeks information flow from the team has been somewhat limit.


We are also keen to learn from Miedecke Stone of more news associated with the influx of AMR Vantage GT3 and GT4 platforms into Australia for their blossoming national GT racing calendar. We saw just a few weeks ago of the Australian GT organisers agreeing with the SRO to allow SRO homologated GT4 platforms to race within the main GT events rather than the Trophy races at present.


We are already aware of MSM importing a number of AMR V8 Vantage GT4's into the country as well as increasing the number of AMR V12 Vantage GT3's to five cars so as a Full Partner AMR team, MSM are heavily involved with the promotion of the AMR marque.

We will ave to wait and see what happens…………!!

Photo credits - MSM
Friday, August 04, 2017 | Read more...