Bitter and sweet news from TeamAMR for the British GT Championship

Bitter and sweet news from TeamAMR for the British GT Championship

It was great to read so early on into the winter months that Mark Farmer has indeed decided to go public and confirm his continued participation within the British GT Championship into his fourth season and also continue his association with Tom Ferrier's TF Sport in the process for 2019.

Speaking with Farmer at the #DoningtonDecider, a race that he and co driver Nicki Thiim won and then didn't - loosing out to the Barwell team in the process, was that he was already sure that he would be back in to British GT fold having tested the new variant of turbo charged Vantage GT3 at Snetterton back in August - the only unknown then (and still is) around who his co driver would be.

Farmer is a driver who has traditionally purchased his race cars outright, like he did when he first started in GT3's with 22GT Racing and into his tenure at TF Sport and his purchase of the new Vantage GT3 is no different this time either.

“I am excited to re-commit to the British GT Championship for 2019,” Mark stated. “The racing is super-close; the Pro line-up is stellar and the occasions magnificent. We had a great run with the Aston Martin Vantage, and in particular in the last season, with three race wins three podiums from nine starts.

“Sadly, it wasn’t enough to win the Championship, but It was good to take the fight to the wire,” he continued. “We consistently demonstrated our pace but were thwarted by bad luck in a couple of rounds, including a big fire at Spa which almost killed the car!

There has been no official word from Aston Martin Racing whether or not they would make any of their factory drivers available again to their customer teams in 2019. The calendars between the British GT and the World Endurance Championship suggests that it is possible but even Nicki Thiim would like to see a reduction of his own driving commitments after a hectic 2018.

With the new Vantage GT3's not likely to be delivered to the teams until the end of 2018 at the earliest little more can be done by the team or driver to prepare themselves but after all the announcements at Donington of so and so ordering two of those and one of these new AMR's - at least we now know who will be driving one of them and in what!

Also being reported today was the apparent position of 2018 British GT GT3 Champion Flick Haigh not returning to the championship in 2019 to defend her title.

Having also spoken with Shaun Goff (boss of Optimum Motorsport) at Donington last month, he did acknowledge that all avenues allowing 'progressive steps' were being considered by Haigh and the team including European GT3 and indeed GTE racing.

Optimum has acknowledged that they have signed up for two new AMR Vantage GT3's and that you can only purchase a GT3 with a GTE upgrade kit rather than a built GTE platform, so either options could be possible for her.

Whereas Mark Farmer today declared a firm intention participate, todays story of Haigh already not defending her BGT crown just seemed a bit early although Optimum's PR team have since come back to confirm the story to be correct which is a shame!

We will see what the winter brings for her!

Photo credits - Jacob Ebrey /

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 |
Good luck to Jack Mitchell in China GT finale

Good luck to Jack Mitchell in China GT finale

Our best wishes extend this weekend to the British GT GT4 Champion Jack Mitchell who will travel to Shanghai for the final, championship deciding round of the China GT Championship with his China Equity AMR team.

With the team swapping around his co driver from the regular Ryan Liu to Stanley Yang for the championship's first visit to the street circuit of Wuhan two weeks ago, and despite two P2 finishing positions at that event, Mitchell now finds himself back behind the Winning Team's McLaren 570S of  David McKintyre going in the finale.

The deficit has come about by the #570 McLaren finishing on the top step of the GT4 podium at Wuhan for both races giving McKintyre a slender two point lead of Mitchell and rekindling the battle that both have been enjoying all season.

With twenty five points available per race it is certainly all to play for as China GT returns to the Shanghai circuit again.

Photo credits - China GT
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 |
VLN finale sees only two AMR GT4's

VLN finale sees only two AMR GT4's

Sadly there is no SP-X class Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT3 in the listing for this weekends final round of the 2018 VLN Series from the Nordschleife.

With the cars baptism on the toughest race track in the world at the previous round two weeks ago well and truly made, the teams new car will see out the week testing with its customer teams around the UK as it was today at Snetterton.

That being said, Nordschleife rookies Ross Gunn and Chris Goodwin return for the second leg of their GT3 Permit application process again in the AMR Performance Vantage GT4 entered in to the SP8 class.

They will be joined by the Avia Racing crew with their Vantage GT4 that competes in the SP10 class (same cars but AMR do this so that they do not compete directly against their customer team) after thankfully seeing out the previous round of the series through to completion after a number of early DNF's.

Saturday's race starts at 12 noon (local) after qualifying earlier in the morning.

Photo credits - VLN / Avia 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 |
An ideal Christmas stocking filler!

An ideal Christmas stocking filler!

Spotted this beauty for sale on today - an Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT2 originally ran in the European Le Mans Series by Essex based JMW Motorsport.

Its most recent appearances this year have been at the Aston Martin Racing Festival at Le Mans in June as well as selected rounds of the new Masters Endurance Legends series with Shaun Lynn.

Full details can be found HERE

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 |
Early promise gets lost in time for AMR at Fuji

Early promise gets lost in time for AMR at Fuji

With the new turbo charged Vantage GTE entering only its fourth event of the 2018-19 World Endurance Championship on the back of their best result to date, Aston Martin Racing would have been hoping that they had 'cracked it' as soon as Marco Sorenson crossed the line to claim GTE Pro pole position on Saturday.

Free Practice sessions at previous races had sometimes left us feeling quietly confident of the cars performance only for that to be quashed with Qualifying performances of another level from the more established Fords, Ferrari's and Porsche's but when the #95 car claimed pole and its sister #97 claimed another second row start anything suddenly became possible.

With the track getting a good soaking in the build up to the start, the race would start from behind the Safety Car to allow the drivers to adjust to the conditions on track - the worst that they had been over the entire weekend so far. Thiim and Lynn would start the #95 and #97 cars respectively and would run almost line astern during the opening stages of the race again proving that that qualifying performances were no fluke and that the car had true pace even in the wet and considering its small amount of wet weather running so far in its career.

At the hour mark a very sizeable blowout for the MR Racing Ferrari left a large debris field spread along the start straight forcing an immediate Safety Car period that would force the closure of the pit lane just as the GTE would need to come in. Once the pit lane did become available it produced the conundrum of whether to stick with wets or go for slicks despite the still greasy track.

With an LMP1 spinning off the track into the barrier having just swapped to slicks, the team elected to pit both the class leading #95 and second placed #97 and sent them both back on their ways still on wets - a bold decision that would soon come back to bite as the rain stopped, lap times dropped forcing both GTE Pro cars back into pit lane under green running conditions for new tyres. That dropped both cars to the rear of their class with still over four hours remaining.

The trouble with such a competitive class that was split by little over a second in Qualifying, is that any mistake/error/misjudgement in execution being hugely costly and difficult to recover on track. Despite the continued best efforts of the team and drivers the time lost on that additional stop was impossible to make up  and their cyclic rise and fall in the timing screen only down to others pitting ahead of them.

By the time of the end of the race the Dane Train had raised themselves up to P6 in class but a lap down to the winning Porsche whilst the #97 Maxime Martin and Alex Lynn car remained the last of the GTE Pro runners.

From the reaction of some of the drivers after the race it was clear that they saw Fuji as something of a missed opportunity as their frustration and disappointment was clear. Despite the obvious disappointment of what may have been in some trying conditions and situations at Fuji, that reaction of the drivers is something we see as encouraging as the car and team have clearly hit a progressive curve of improvement with their new car.

Aston Martin Racing Managing Director John Gaw said: “This weekend in Japan we’ve demonstrated that we can we mix it with the best of the manufacturers in qualifying and to see the car on pole position was encouraging. We have also seen that the car has class-leading pace across a stint in wet and intermediate conditions. We still have work to do in dry conditions across a full stint. We have taken more data from this weekend to go back and analyse fully to find out how we close the gap in these conditions.”
After a brief rest bite at home, the team will travel back east for the final round of 2018 in Shanghai, China in a months time where they will be looking knit together the car's Qualifying, reliability and new found pace into something that will be the car's first WEC race win!

Lets hope so!!

Photo credit - AMR / WEC
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 |
TF Sport take second at an eventful Fuji

TF Sport take second at an eventful Fuji

TF Sport came away from their first ever fly away round of any championship on a well deserved high as the #90 Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GTE secured another second placed finish in the World Endurance Championship after the 6Hrs of Fuji and despite finishing third on the track at the time!

With Charlie Eastwood starting his first WEC event from P5 on the grid in class,  the young Irishman had his work cut out starting from behind the Safety car in the unsurprisingly wet Fuji conditions and having to avoid everyones else troubles as accidents and incidents lead to a number of caution and Safety Car periods. As the track slowly dried came the need to all cars to swap onto slicks as he handed the car over to Salih Yoluc from P4 at the one third distance.

Yoluc then put in some of his best and most consistent driving to date with a fine middle stint, sometimes running as high as P3 as other pit stops cycles passed as TF Sport themselves gambled upon their own pit stop strategy from that of their competitors in a search for that little edge!

The teams only piece of misfortune came was just as Yoluc pitted to swap over to Jonny Adam for the start of his race action as a Full Course Yellow delayed to Scot somewhat so that he exited pit lane some forty seconds behind his target Porsche infant. Putting in quicker lap after quicker lap Adam finally took P2 from the #88 Dempsey Proton Porsche with just the one stop and final hour to go and at one point held the class lead before fuel necessitated his final stop with an hour to go.

With new tyres, a full'ish tank and little over fifty minutes to go Adam was looking back at a forty second deficit again to the Team Project 1 Porsche ahead which he did reduce somewhat before 'accepting' that the battle was futile and consolidation of P2 was more to the point as the #88 Dempsey Proton Porsche came back at him from behind.

In the final twenty minutes of the race the #88 Porsche eventually sailed past the #90 AMR as if they weren't there leaving Adam to finally cross the line for what was first a P3 finish - a position which in itself was a marvellous achievement.

Post race came the news that the #88 Porsche had received a 31 second time penalty for an apparent breach of minimum refuelling times that resulted in the car being dropped behind that of the #98 Aston Martin Racing GTE Am car meaning that TF Sport left Japan today with a P2 finish ahead of the #98 AMR in P3.

In Championship terms, this result leaves TF Sport third in the GTE Am Championship tables some 12 points points behind the Team Project 1 Porsche in second and a further 14 points behind the now troubled #77 car from the Dempsey Proton Porsche as the WEC sees out the first half of their transitional season in Shanghai in November. The outcome of the forthcoming FIA technical investigation into the Dempsey Proton team's alleged antics at Fuji may well have further bearing on those championship positions.

The 6Hrs of Shanghai is on 16th November.

Photo credits - TF Sport / WEC

Monday, October 15, 2018 |
Latest Champions confirmed for Aston Martin Arcing customer teams

Latest Champions confirmed for Aston Martin Arcing customer teams

Having already won the two previous races of the final GT Cup Championship round at Silverstone this weekend, Whitebridge AMR's Adam Hatfield and Chris Murphy have now been confirmed as the overall GT Cup Champions of 2018 as well.

With todays final race of the season finale being abandoned due to weather related track conditions, the crucial points gained on Saturday were more than enough for the crew of the #72 Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4 to secure the overall crown to go with their class title that they had already secured at the previous round at Donington.

Never looking back when adversity hit them made season with the loss of their car in a testing accident, Hatfield's connections with the Team Hard Ginetta team allowed them to continue with their championship aspirations whilst they source another Aston.

With so many individual race wins inner his belt this season Hatfield will have a real chance of following in the footsteps of his co driver by winning the Aston Martin Racing "Rookie of the Year' Award at the factories annual prize giving gala and from earlier conversations he is already looking at possible avenues to make use of the facilities being made available under the factory's Academy Driver programme for 2019.

With no GT4 cars competing at the final round of the Australian GT Championship's final round of the season at the Hampton Downs circuit in New Zealand allowed for the confirmation that Jeremy Gray has indeed secured that Championship's very first GT4 title also after a near commanding performance throughout the season aboard his JMG Bilstein AMR Vantage GT4.

First introduced to the car by Andrew Miedecke lats year, the former saloon car racer soon found his feet in the GT endurance scene securing a trio of podium finishes as early as the opening event of the year. With the racing experience of Miedecke alongside him for the longer Endurance races, only a brief 'hiccup-cup' in fortune for them at the fourth race of the season stopped his winning margin from being any larger than what is was!

Congratulations to both teams - hope we get to see you race again somewhere in 2019.

Photo credits - Social media / GT Cup / Aus GT

Sunday, October 14, 2018 |
And in other #TeamAMR news

And in other #TeamAMR news

Having already secured their GTH Class Championship title, the Whitebridge AMR duo of Adam Hatfield and Chris Murphy are on the cusp of something big tomorrow at the final race of the 2018 GT Cup Championship from Silverstone.

A pair of class wins for Hatfield this afternoon aboard his #72 AMR V8 Vantage GT4 has stretched their Overall championship lead to 20 points over the chasing #51 Top Cats Racing Marcos Mantis with just the final, pit stop and driver change race to go tomorrow which the #51 must no win to have any chance.

Fingers firmly crossed for these guys tomorrow!

Down in the south of France, Generation AMR SuperRacing are having a great time in the FFSA GT4 Series Grande Finale with Matt George claiming overall pole position for tomorrows final race of the season.

James Holder qualified their green and black #144 car in P38 for todays race and the duo ended that race P9 overall so on that basis a podium finish is a distinct possibility!

Photo credits - FFSA / GT Cup

Saturday, October 13, 2018 |
Another 'first' for the new Vantage GTE in Fuji

Another 'first' for the new Vantage GTE in Fuji

Going one place better than the team's last Qualifying run in the World Endurance Championship at Silverstone in August, the #95 Dane Train of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorenson today claimed their new turbo charged Vantage GTE Pro challenger's first class pole in the Championship in only its fourth event at Fuji International.

Having already had a constructive day on Friday heading the final Free Practice session of the day Aston Martin Racing went into this afternoons Qualifying session knowing that their cars were indicatively well set amongst that of their peers with the Pro class still being split by under a second.

Running on a dry track under periodically darkening clouds, Nicki Thiim was first out and set a time of 1:36:302 seconds before Marco Sorensen submitted the fastest time of the session, a time of 1:36:302 which both equated to an average time of 0.182 seconds faster than the invigorated #82 BMW M8 GTE of Blomqvist and Da Costa to claim pole position for AMR.

Not to be too far outdone, the sister #97 car of Maxime Martin and Alex Lynn posted some of their fastest times of the weekend so far to claim P3 on the grid just a quarter of a second further back.

Rounding Saturday off quite nicely for the three Aston Martin Racing entered cars was that the #98 GTE Am car of Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda stepped back up to the mark after early promise on Friday to claim P2 on the grid for the start of tomorrows race having been beaten by the #88 Dempsey Photo Porsche by just 0.064 of a second!!

Amazing stuff from the team!!

Salih Yoluc, Charlie Eastwood and Johnny Adam certainly seemed to be engaging with the very enthusiastic Japanese crowd during this morning's pit walk but for the #90 crew things look a little tougher for them than there #98 stable mates after finishing FP3 at the bottom before recovering the day to Qualify in P5 just a quarter of a second off the time of the #88 Porsche.

With competitive track times like these being submitted across the GTE Pro and GTE Am grids it certainly appears that the spectacle of the WEC has moved back to the GTE field with the top flight LMP1 line up being something of a damp squib (unfortunately). 

Aston Martin Racing Managing Director John Gaw said: “To see the car deliver on its potential is hugely satisfying as is the impact this result has had on the team. We knew from the numbers that it was always possible, but until you do it they are just numbers. It just takes the team on now to another level. What was really pleasing was to see the execution by the team. Not one of the drivers received a track limits penalty and that level of execution is really important because you have to get everything perfect to be on pole position.”

Despite the eight hour time differential between the UK and Japan - the 6Hrs of Fuji may well warrant the need to have an early start to the day for us in Europe.

All the best to all four cars!

Photo credits - AMR / WEC / TF Sport

Saturday, October 13, 2018 |
A fighting start to the weekend of motor racing from #TeamAMR

A fighting start to the weekend of motor racing from #TeamAMR

Its been a good start to the racing weekend for Aston Martin Racing, its affiliates and customer teams around the world as all get ready for the start of their respective races tomorrow and Sunday.

Starting at the top, the World Endurance Championship reconvenes at Fuji International, Japan this weekend for what is the fourth round of their transitional Super-Season with the factory team looking to build upon the success and promises that were delivered last time out at Silverstone in August.

Keeping their drivers actively engaged with their customer teams around Europe looks to have paid off in the early sessions with the #95 GTE Pro car of Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim heading the timing screen at the end of Free Practice 2 today. With the ten cars in GTE Pro being split by less than 1 second proves just how tight and competitive the class has become and how every milli-second counts.

In GTE Am, the two entries from AMR and TF Sport are going through their normal progressive process and headed the earlier FP1 session before dropping down to being bottom at the end of table after todays track action . All were hampered by what seemed to be persistent caution periods and indeed red flags for various incidents on track today but the Dempsey Proton Porsches again appear quick but we have learned from previous rounds that that is not always what it appears to be.

Tomorrow shall see the final Free Practice session ahead of the Qualifying later in the afternoon.

The AMR Performance Centre entered Vantage GT8 with drivers Andy Palmer, Peter Cate and Chris Hoy qualified P13 in the TCE grid, third in the SP3 class for the start of tomorrows 24H Series twelve hour race around Spa Francorchamps. Despite this appears to be the Aston Martin's CEO first racing experience of the iconic track the trio were fastest in class for all of the other sessions on track today.

The race begins at 09:50 tomorrow.

A bit further south at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France, Matt George and James Holder stuck their #144 Generation AMR SuperRacing V8 Vantage GT4 at the top of the timing screen by the end of todays first Free Practice and then backed that up with a P5 by the end of FP2 this afternoon.

Not involved in the outstanding Championship battles, the duo are clearly enjoying themselves as they wind up their European season before looking forward to another winter campaign. Qualifying and the weekends first race take place tomorrow with the final race of the year on Sunday.

GT Cup concludes its 2018 season at Silverstone at the weekend with GTH Class Champions Adam Hatfield and Chris Murphy looking to extend that to include the overall championship win as well. Whitebridge AMR will be busy though having entered three V8 Vantage GT4's for both Hatfield/Murphy as well as one each for James Murphy and a returning Barry McMahon.

Nigel Hudson will be the sole V12 Vantage GT3 representative at the meeting and will again race solo after his very up and down return to the Championship at Donington last month.

Good luck to them all!

Photo credits - AMR / Adrenal Media / Steve Jackman / FFSA / 24H Series / TF Sport

Friday, October 12, 2018 |
A fitting farewell for Hampton Downs at Australian GT finale

A fitting farewell for Hampton Downs at Australian GT finale

The Australian GT Championship races out their final event of the season at the Tony Quinn owned Hampton Downs race track this weekend, an event that sadly also marks the final time at the circuit for the 'foreseeable future'.

A staunch connoisseur of cars from Aston Martin, the former Scottish born and now New Zealand business man recently sold his controlling interest in the Australian GT Championship to Trofeo Motorsport who later confirmed that the Championship's annual pilgrimage to the South Island of New Zealand would come to an end at the end of the 2018 season.

Missing from the weekends proceedings will be confirmed Australian GT GT4 Champion Jeremy Gray and his distinctively livered JMG Bilstein Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4. Having stepped up from saloon car racing to GT4 under the guiding eye of Andrew Miedecke last year (and who he raced with in the Endurance rounds), Gray went on to effectively lead the GT4 Championship from the front with multiple race wins right from the off from the start of the National Championship in March through to a trio of wins last time out at Sydney Motorsport Park.

With the Championship assured Gray has elected not to make the trip

Tony Quinn indeed sees out the 2018 season aboard his trusty old V12 Vantage GT3 again in lieu of his McLaren 650S - a car that has not always suited him and is joined by Andrew Waite for the 101 lap endurance race on Sunday.

Known to be the owner of the only Southern Hemisphere based Aston Martin Vulcan it has been reported that he has also become the owner of the only Valkyrie on that side of the world as well! Being the owner of two racetracks could prove to be quite useful for him!

Photo credits - Aus GT / JMG

Thursday, October 11, 2018 |
24H and FFSA round off the year

24H and FFSA round off the year

Two more series come to the end of their 2018 campaigns or their racing involvement within continental Europe. The Creventic's 24H Series round off their European part of their season this weekend at Spa whilst the French FFSA GT4 Championship rounds of their season with a championship decider at Paul Ricard.

For the twelve hours of Spa, Aston Martin Lagonda CEO Andy Palmer makes another appearance in the series with Peter Cate after their first experiences with the Series at the 24Hours of the Circuit of the Americas in Texas last year aboard the Aston Martin Vantage GT8.

Returning with the trusted AMR Performance Centre prepared Vantage GT8 this weekend, Palmer and Cate will this time be joined by former gold medal Olympian Sir Chris Hoy. The former Nissan based GT and LMP racer has obviously been wooed away and enticed into the Aston Martin brand having enjoyed his return to the race track at Le Mans during the Aston Martin arcing Festival back in June when he shared a Vantage GT4 with former F1 racer Martin Brundle.

Running the shorter race format than the series name usually suggests, track activity at Spa starts this Friday morning with Private testing before day and night Qualifying later in the afternoon/evening ready for an 09:50hrs (local) race start on Saturday.

Seeing out their final race in the French National GT4 Championship will be the Appleby Engineering prepared Generation AMR SuperRacing V8 Vantage GT4 of James Holder and Matt George.

With the primary focus from all concerned this year being on the development of the new Jaguar GT4 Invictus Games Racing project within the British GT Championship that Holder has financed, that has left little time for the team to participate in the full FFSA season. Speaking with the team at the BGT finale at Donington last month, this race may also be the last with the normally aspirated V8 Vantage with the team holding options on the Prodrive factory for the new turbo charged car.

Photo credit - FFSA

Thursday, October 11, 2018 |
Aston Martin Racing targets podium at Fuji Speedway with Vantage GTE

Aston Martin Racing targets podium at Fuji Speedway with Vantage GTE

Aston Martin Racing’s new FIA World Endurance Championship challenger – the Vantage GTE – heads East in search of its first podium this weekend, as the Super Season goes racing at Fuji Speedway in Japan.

Following a highly encouraging performance in the previous round at Silverstone in August, where the new car qualified on the GTE Pro class front row and was a podium contender, the team aims to turn that upward momentum into success this weekend.

“This car is now really finding its feet and I think I speak for all of us when I say that we are really excited to go racing again in the FIA WEC,” said Alex Lynn (GB), who shares the #97 Vantage GTE with Maxime Martin (BEL) who is making his first trip to Japan. “There are more improvements to come from the Aston Martin Vantage GTE and hopefully on Sunday we will have shown the world what we are capable of. The target is a podium. We were one place away from that at Silverstone, so if we can achieve it this weekend we will be over the moon.”

So far both the #97 and the sister #95 ‘Dane Train’, driven by Danish duo Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen, have scored points in all three rounds. This is a testament to the tireless work of the team and its technical partners Michelin and Total which continue to unlock more of potential from the car. But as we go to Japan, always a favourite among the drivers with its challenging sweeping nature and super-enthusiastic fans, Thiim is looking to turn pace in to a points haul.

“Fuji is the first real overseas race of the WEC this year,” said Thiim. “It’s always an adventure going somewhere else and seeing a different country of fans. There is an amazing crowd in Japan. We are looking forward to a good result and this is the point in the championship where we really have to start getting the maximum out of the car. We are always going for the win, but a podium is minimum and this is definitely what we are aiming for here. I think the whole team has made another step, we saw that in Silverstone, and for sure for in Japan it is even bigger.”

Aston Martin Racing Team Principal Paul Howarth added, “We’ve show strong reliability so far, but with 10% of the points for the championship available in Fuji we must maximise our potential. The weather may play a role, and we quite often face variable conditions in Japan, but this is a factor for everyone. Our focus is on maintaining the momentum gained in Silverstone and building on it to achieve the best results. As this championship matures, so it becomes ever more important for us to ensure we get everything right on the track and in the pits and leave nothing on the table.”

The defending 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship GTE Am title-holders go to Fuji aiming to re-establish themselves as the team to beat, having won the opening round in Spa and led convincingly at Le Mans. The #98 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE, driven by Paul Dalla Lana (C), Pedro Lamy (P) and Mathias Lauda (A), have form in Japan, having won the race in 2016 and finished second the year before that. The similar TF Sport car driven by Salih Yoluc (TUR), Charlie Eastwood (GB) and Aston Martin Racing factory driver Jonny Adam (GB) finished a brilliant third last time out at Silverstone and will once again be a threat in Japan.

The 6 Hours of Fuji begins at 11:00 local time on Sunday, 14 October.

Source material - Aston Martin Racing
Tuesday, October 09, 2018 |
Whitebridge AMR out for the highest accolade at GT Cup finale

Whitebridge AMR out for the highest accolade at GT Cup finale

Having already claimed the GTH class Championship at the last round at Donington Park a few weeks ago, the Whitebridge AMR team will be going to the final round of the 2018 GT Cup Championship at Silverstone this weekend fully focussed on lifting the overall Championship win as well in their Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4.

The last round at Donington brought out a plethora of Aston Martins as Nigel Hudson brought his V12 Vantage GT3 back out to play as well as Andrew Howard who brought, not just his Vantage GT3 but also a Vantage GT4 with a AMR works driver behind the wheel. Despite that, Whitebridge AMR drivers Adam Hatfield and Chris Murphy went on to end that weekend with a trio of race wins and enough points to confirm them as GTH Class Champions over the Century Motorsport Ginetta.

Ironically, Murphy and Hatfield owe much of their overall championship standing to another Ginetta based team (Team Hard) who offered the duo a continued racing platform aboard one of their G55 cars after their Whitebridge AMR was destroyed in a testing accident for another series during the early part of the season but since the team acquired the former Generation AMR SuperRacing car - they haven't looked back.

The three races that will make up the eight and final event of the season will follow the usual format of Qualifying and races 1 and 2 on Saturday (for the Am drivers only) with the longer race 3 for the AM and any Pro driver that they may have on Sunday.

With the #72 car holding just a slender 11 point lead in the overall championship table over long time leaders from Top Cats Racing all may not be decided until the end of Sunday afternoon but another #TeamAMR overall Championship win wouldn't go amiss!

Photo credits - Steve Jackman

Monday, October 08, 2018 |