EDF Motorsport confirm both Britcar and AMR Festival in 2018

EDF Motorsport confirm both Britcar and AMR Festival in 2018


Also confirming their 2018 racing activities at last weeks Autosport International Show last week were Lincolnshire based EDF Motorsport and their new new Aston Martin customer Mal Sandford.

Having seen out the tail end of the Britcar Endurance Championship last year at both the Silverstone and Brands Hatch rounds, the Portuguese based Aussie Mal Sandford confirmed that he and co driver Ben Seyfried will be making a full season return to Britcar in 2018 as well as an appearance at this years Aston Martin Racing Festival from Le Mans 24Hour in June.


Sandford's EDF Motorsport prepared Sterling Green and lime coloured AMR V8 Vantage GT4 will also kick off its pre season testing in style at the AMR family three day test from his 'local'  Portimao circuit, Portugal in early March ahead of the Britcar season opener at Rockingham in April.

Photo credits - EDF Motorsport
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | Read more...
Street Art Racing launch team App

Street Art Racing launch team App


Belgium Aston Martin Racing team, Street Art Racing have this month released their own Team App to work across the IOS and Google platforms for their forthcoming season with their two AMR V8 Vantage GT4's.

Famous for their highly unusual but very 'arty' car liveries, the team says that is again looking to return to the SRO GT4 European Series in either (or both) of the Northern and Southern Cups. We also see a diary slot allocated to the AMR Festival from Le Mans in June as well as something about the Spa 24 in a GT3 which is interesting!


App can be downloaded from the App Store.

Images by SAR


Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | Read more...
On board the new Vantage GTE around Yas Marina
Monday, January 15, 2018 | Read more...
New look livery for one of the TF Sport car's in 2018

New look livery for one of the TF Sport car's in 2018


Presently undergoing its annual winter rebuild still sporting its red, white and black livery from the final round of the 2017 British GT Championship, the #17 TF car car will re-emerge somewhat differently to what we have been accustomed in readiness for the championships Media Day in March.

With Derek Johnston's former co-driver Jonny Adam having moved on to pastures new (well - just a few garages down the British GT pit lane to be exact) Johnston's V12 Vantage GT3 will start the pre-season testing campaign with not only a new co-driver in Aston Martin Racing factory driver Marco Sorensen but also this striking new livery.

That pre-season testing is due to start in just a couple of weeks time.

Thanks to DJ for use of image






Monday, January 15, 2018 | Read more...
Fly on the wall DeBoer's!

Fly on the wall DeBoer's!


The Racers Group driver Derek DeBoer and his family star in Fastlife, a brand new documentary-style 10-episode reality series streaming now on Amazon Prime.

Just one week after its debut on streaming platform Amazon Prime, Fastlife is quickly becoming a hit. The series, produced and shot by DeBoer’s filmmaker wife Brooke DeBoer, is a no-holds-barred, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to become a winning race car driver in the world of competitive racing. From Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas to the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France, Fastlife gives you an all-access pass on the track and off with the DeBoer family as Derek takes the wheel of TRG’s Aston Martin and Lamborghini race cars in Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA action. Derek's TRG SprintX teammate Jason Alexandridis is also featured.


Derek and Brooke teamed up to create Fastlife in 2014. “It’s pretty humbling to see our project come to fruition,” Derek says. “Brooke has really captured the moments and feeling of what we’re about and what it’s like to pursue our dreams and to be on the road and in the car with TRG.”

The series gets underway as DeBoer and TRG CEO Kevin Buckler meet in 2014. DeBoer tests for the team and the rest is, shall we say, history. “We have a rocking relationship with Derek and his family and over the past few years, Derek has really developed as a key driver for our team with wins and podiums… He’s finished every race for us he’s started and is a real pro both on and off the track,” Buckler says. “Brooke is always there with her camera filming every step of the way -- it’s like she’s a member of the team -- and it’s been great to see the results of all of that hard work, on the track and on the screen. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”


“Fastlife has already been renewed for a second season and I am in the process of going through hours of film now to create more episodes,” says filmmaker and racing road warrior Brooke DeBoer. “Our series is about Derek chasing his dreams and all of the ups and downs we’ve experienced as a family along the way. I hope our story inspires others to really go after their dreams, too.”

Source material - TRG


Monday, January 15, 2018 | Read more...
Another successful test under their belts for the new Vantage GTE

Another successful test under their belts for the new Vantage GTE


Today saw Aston Martin and three of their factory drivers conclude another successful multi-day test with the team's new V8 Vantage GTE from the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Ramping things up early in 2018 in readiness for the World Endurance Championships Prologue in early April, Danish drivers Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim were joined by the newest member of the factory squad in Maxime Martin who would also have his first on track experience of the factory's new turbo charged WEC and Le Mans contender.


For the first time in its relatively short testing programme, drivers were able to post some really useful photo's and video clips from the test of the new car as well as some of the two Porsche 911 RSR's, both Ford GT's and  single AF Corse Ferrari 488 that shared the test facility with them.

Saturday and Sunday saw further elongated test sessions for the team with the squad running the car for longer, circa 07:00 and 24:00hrs, not in full race simulations but continuous enough to place further stresses and strains upon the car and crew with small adjustments being made as and when required.


Whilst this test was underway, the remaining trio of factory drivers were either on PR duty at the Autosport Show or at previous engagements with the Formula E series in Northern Africa. Comments on social media from these guys suggested that they will be back in the car in early February (possibly the annual AMR family test from Portimao) and maybe with more than just one car!?!?







Photo and video clip thanks to N Thiim/M Sorensen

Sunday, January 14, 2018 | Read more...
TRG-AMR looking for clientele for Festival at Le Mans 2018

TRG-AMR looking for clientele for Festival at Le Mans 2018


California based The Racer Group are looking for both professional and gentleman (or indeed lady) drivers to help them emulate the success they enjoyed last time out at the Aston Martin Racing Festival at Le Mans back in 2015.

Running for the third time in 2018, the Aston Martin Racing Festival is a support event for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and follows the same track configuration around the infamous Circuit de La Sarthe as the main racing event that weekend and is again open to any racing platform previously produced by AMR (including DB9/DBRS9/GT2/GTE/GT3/GT4/GT8/Proto/Inv) and is this year open to both AML Vulcan and Valkyrie cars.


Shipping over last time, an incredible mixture of eight GT3 and GT4 cars as well as their mightily impressive transporter rig, that investment into the event allowed the team to secure both second and third place overall for their two AMR V12 Vantage GT3's for drivers Christina Neilson, (team boss) Kevin Buckler and Robert Nimkoff in what was we recall a slightly controversial result (not involving TRG)!


The team also secured GT4 success with team stalwart Derek DeBoer claiming the class with gentleman co driver Bob Bramlage.

Speaking with those from AMR at the launch of the new Vantage GTE last year, faces beamed when the subject of the Festival arose with an early interest that will hopefully beat the 35 car entry of 2015.


Details of TRG-AMR's Festival prospectus can be found HERE





Saturday, January 13, 2018 | Read more...
Autosport Show news

Autosport Show news



Tomorrow sees the opening to the general public of the Autosport Show for 2018 from the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

Having been fortunate to catch a look around the show yesterday, we have to say that we were somewhat disappointed overall with the level of Aston Martin Racing and customer team interaction this time compared to previous shows with just three GT4 cars on display, although that didn't really detract from the spectacle of the show overall as it was otherwise heavily sportscar orientated.

We had hoped from the guys at Prodrive that a show car variant (at least) of the 2017 Le Mans 24hr winning #97 AMR Vantage GTE car would be there - it wasn't (at least not on Thursday) but then drivers Darren Turner and Jonny Adam (together with Ross Gunn) will be on hand over the weekend for both interview and driving demonstrations in the Live Arena with the new Aston Martin Vantage.


A short straw for them possibly as their WEC colleagues enjoyed the first test of the year from Abu Dhabi against the likes of Porsche and Ford who are also testing there!

We had a couple of great chats with some from both MacMillan Racing and Generation AMR. Unfortunately for all, the earlier news of MacMillan being forced to take a sabbatical this year are true and we were told not to expect to see either of their cars out on track in the short to medium term with the term 'regrouping' being actively used.

The chat went on to raise the potential of seeing the teams cars out in series outside of Europe which would be really exciting for all if those deals were to come off but for now, they remain a distant ambition for the team. Team drivers from 2017, Jan Jonck and Jacob Mitchell were also on hand, with us being told that the possibility of seeing either or both of those two out racing in the UK in 2018 still a real possibility with someone TBA'd


With much of the limelight of Thursday firmly (and rightly) upon the new Invictus Games Racing British GT GT4 entries, bankrolled by James Holder and supported by the David Appleby Engineering team (all of whom deserve huge congratulations for all that has already been achieved and for what they can achieve in the future) we understand from team boss James Appleby that both James Holder and Matt George shall be returning to the European GT4 Series aboard their SuperRacing Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4 for 'pre selected' rounds from both series as well as the AMR Festival at Le Mans later in June.


The reduced commitment within their Vantage GT4 is simple down to the time needed to invest in their new Jaguar GT4 British GT commitments with Invictus Games Racing with George being named as one of the cars pro drivers.

Today, we heard that Chris Murphy has confirmed his return to the GT Cup Championship aboard one of his V8 Vantage GT4's. Having posted a link to his recent advert HERE for interest into both the GT Cup and Britcar championships in 2018 we hope that this news will start him and his Whitebridge Motorsport team off on what will be a busy year of competitive racing.


Also on display was the green and lime liveried AMR V8 Vantage GT4 belonging to Australian racer Mal Sandford. Having had the car first imported into Australia by Miedecke Stone Motorsport before moving to Portugal, the R-Motorsport client gentleman driver saw out the 2017 season with the 'into the night' Britcar finale from Silverstone with the EDF Motorsport team.

Placards upon the car showed that the team could well be looking to re-enter that national GT championship this year and we certainly wouldn't be surprised if the car also made it to Le Mans for the AMR Festival.


With both TF Sport V12 Vantage GT3's currently under winter rebuild we grabbed a quick laugh and a joke with their departing team Pro driver Jonny Adam. He said that his testing duties with his new Optimum team would start as early as the end of the month although he did say that he didn't expect the team to attend the TeamAMR family test later in February. Also asking whether or not Derek Johnston or Mark Farmer were prepared for the arrival of the two Danes (and their antics) ahead of the start of this years British GT Championship he simply shrugged his shoulders and said "I've warned them"!


One little tip from the show is that should you want top get your hands on any Team AMR apparel of 2017, there is a stand selling almost the entire range at nearly half price! - £100 for an adult waterproof instead of £190 and a Gillet for £65 instead of £105. Its somewhere near the Travel Destinations stand on the main entrance/exit side of the hall.

That of course raises of the question of whether there is going to be another new range released for 2018 in the new factory colours?

Have a great show if you are going.


Friday, January 12, 2018 | Read more...
GTE testing continues apace at Yas Marina

GTE testing continues apace at Yas Marina





Whilst Aston Martin Racing drivers Darren Turner and Jonny Adam enjoy the pleasantries that are the Autosport Show from the NEC in Birmingham this weekend, it appears that some of the remaining works drivers have been slumming it over in Abu Dhabi.

With Alex Lynn already committed to Formula E duties this week, social media accounts have shown that Dane Train drivers Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen (and we believe Maxime Martin) have started the first multi day test of 2018 with the new GTE platform ahead of the FIA WEC season that starts in May.


This, we believe would be Martin's first extensive track experience of the new car having come over to the factory team from BMW late last year. Martin and Thiim will also be racing together with an Arden prepared R-Motorsport V12 Vantage GT3 in the Blancpain GT Series.



With the team also testing at the circuit in parallel to the Porsche and Ford GT teams, they should also be getting their first 'on track' comparisons for the new car.



Photo credits - social media


Thursday, January 11, 2018 | Read more...