If the Gulf 12Hr race is only as half as eventful as its Qualifying......!

If the Gulf 12Hr race is only as half as eventful as its Qualifying......!


With the three Qualifying sessions earlier today ahead of the start of the latest running of the Gulf 12Hours event from the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, we appear still not to have any final qualifying positions ahead of the start of tomorrows race from the organisers.

We understand that the final Qualifying session was red flagged due to a (non serious) accident on track involving a Ferrari with just seconds remaining meaning that the session was not restarted. Since then (earlier this afternoon U?K time) penalties and resulting appeals have meant that the series organisers have been busy and have yet to publish their final grid order.


Taking inspiration from both Aston Martin Racing and those at Dailysportscar.com, we understand that the AMR prepared V8 Vantage GT4 of Mark Farmer, Tom Canning, Adrain Willmott and Ollie Wilkinson have indeed claimed pole in that class - a remarkable achievement!

In GT3 Pro-Am - the Beechdean AMR V8 Vantage GT3 of Andrew Howard, Ross Gunn, Chris Dyson and Humaid Al Masood did hold provisional pole in their class for much of the session before finally qualifying P3 in class.


In the GT3 Pro class the #97 Oman Racing by TF Sport car of Ahmad Al Harthy, Jonny Adam and Ross Gunn just pipped the #96 R-Motorsport car of Jake Dennis, Marvin Kirchhofer and Ricky Collard to claim P3 and P4 respectively.

What has got to be remembered here about all three V8 Vantage GT3 cars is that this event is the first time that all three customer cars had turned a wheel except for a brief systems check on a local airstrip near to the Prodrive factory before the cars were flown out for the event. The GT4 car was also busy conducting further development and customer testing virtually up to the last minute as well.


The first six hour session of tomorrows race begins at 09:30hrs local (GMT + 4Hrs) before breaking at 15:30 before returning to the track under floodlight at 17:30Hrs for the second six hours.

Dont forget - live streaming of tomorrows race can be viewed HERE

Photo credits - R- Motorsport / Beechdean AMR / TF Sport / AMR




Friday, December 14, 2018 | Read more...
Team Brit take another step up the GT ladder into Britcar

Team Brit take another step up the GT ladder into Britcar


Team BRIT has announced its entry into the Britcar Championship in 2019, where it will be the only disabled team on the grid.

The team, consisting of injured military troops and civilian disabled drivers, will compete in its Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4, using its world-leading hand control technology.

To date, the team has competed in the UK Fun Cup Championship, in which its rookies learn to race. In 2019, rookies will begin in the new BMW 116 Trophy and more experienced drivers will race in Britcar.

The Britcar Endurance Championship sees a range of cars from GT supercars to touring cars and hot hatches competing in 2 x 60 minute races.

Team BRIT, which aims to be the first ever all-disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hour, made an impact in its Aston Martin this year, by becoming the first all-disabled team to race on the Le Mans circuit in the Aston Martin Le Mans Festival, held just prior to the annual endurance race.


Team BRIT Founder and CEO, Dave Player said, “2019 marks an exciting year of change for Team BRIT as we enter two championships in new cars.

“We’ve come a long way over the last couple of years and 2019 looks to be yet another important step. We’ve got lots more news to announce over the coming weeks and we’re working on setting up our cars to be as competitive as possible.

“At the moment, we’re entering one car in Britcar, and two in the BMW 116 Trophy, but we’ll be looking to see if, with the help of our supporters, we can make an even bigger impact by entering more cars in the 116 Trophy. This gives our drivers even more valuable track time and will enable us to build on the strength and experience of our team.”

Team BRIT will compete in its first Britcar race on the 30th March at Silverstone. Other provisional dates are:

27th April – Silverstone Grand Prix
11th May – Brands Hatch Indy
1st June – Donington Grand Prix
22nd June – Oulton Park Grand Prix
10th August – Snetterton
26th October – Oulton Park Island
16th / 17th November – Brands Hatch night race

For more information on Britcar visit www.britcar-endurance.com 

Source material - Team Brit
Photo credits - David Archer

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | Read more...
A fine quartet at the Gulf 12Hours

A fine quartet at the Gulf 12Hours


After weeks of hectic work back at the Prodrive factory, the first three customer Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT3's finally made it to their destination at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi for this weekends Gulf 12Hours.

Still not fully homologated for the 2019 season, the three customer cars from Beechdean AMR, Oman Racing with TF Sport and R-Motorsport experienced their first track mileage today after a brief systems check back in the UK last week with their respective drivers putting their new chargers through their early shakedown and familiarisation stints ahead of the more formal sessions tomorrow.

These three new GT3 cars will also joined by their also yet to be homologated V8 Vantage GT4 that is being run by the factory team.


In the Pro class - the #97 Oman Racing by TF Sport car of Ahmad Al Harthy, Darren Turner and Jonny Adam were first out the garage in its familiar beautifully liveried blue, white and gold colour scheme.


Joining them in the Pro class will be the #96 R-Motorsport entry for their regular drivers Jake Dennis and Marvin Kirchhofer being this time joined by AMR debutant Ricky Collard in that teams familiar svelte grey and blue livery.



Next up we have the #98 car of Beechdean AMR who will be competing in the Pro-Am class with their four driver line up of Andrew Howard, Ross Gunn, Chris Dyson and local driver Humaid al Masaood. The adaption to the teams 'normal' blue and white livery is we understand specific only to this event but certainly looks very striking in the desert sun.



Finally, but certainly by no means least we have a single V8 Vantage GT4 that will run within the GT4 class with another quartet of drivers in Ollie Wilkinson, Mark Farmer, Adrian Wilmott and Tom Canning running as the #95 car.

Indeed Wilmott was centre of attention on the British GT front today, being announced as co driver to reigning British GT GT4 and China GT GT4 champion Jack Mitchell aboard a Century Motorsport BMW M3 GT3.



Friday sees the remaining two Free Practice sessions ahead of the Qualifying runs later in the evening. Saturday's 12 hour race is split into two sessions with a 2 3/4 Hr break between.

The race can be viewed live via the series Youtube channel HERE

How these new AMR GT3 cars run at the race will be particularly of interest as they will be directly competing against latest racing examples from the McLaren and Audi stables.

Photo credits - AMR / R-Motorsport / TF Sport

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | Read more...
AMR announce crew for new Vantage GT4 in Gulf 12Hrs

AMR announce crew for new Vantage GT4 in Gulf 12Hrs


With just a few days left before the start to proceedings at the Gulf 12Hrs from Abu Dhabi, Aston Martin Racing have today confirmed a somewhat varied driver line up for their late GT4 entry into this weekends race events.

Announced off the back of their recent Partnership announcement with the Yas Marina circuit at the end of last month, it was confirmed that the new 2019 specification Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4 would also be at the event alongside the three brand new 2019 specification V8 Vantage GT3's from Oman Racing with TF Sport, Beechdean AMR and R-Motorsport as previously announced.


Today announcement sees TF Sport's British GT driver Mark Farmer join Optimum's young GT Open driver Ollie Wilkinson with British GT Mercedes GT4 driver Tom Canning and historic racer Adrian Wilmott all in the new factory development car for its first competitive race (albeit in its present non homologated state like the three GT3's).

A wide ranging degree of talent and ability here although the new car is aimed directly towards the customer market from where all of these drivers come so all will be very keen to see just how the new car performs!

Good luck to all


Photo credit - AMR









Monday, December 10, 2018 | Read more...
In a the deep end for Dunbar in Fuji

In a the deep end for Dunbar in Fuji


Having missed the opening round of the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series from Shanghai late last month, Red River Sport's second Gentleman driver Ivor Dunbar was cast well and truly into the deep end for this mornings Qualifying for the second round in Fuji, Japan.

With Johnny Mowlems motorsport and mentoring business (Red River Sport) behind this TF Sport prepared Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3 Asian Le Mans entry for the sole purpose of developing clients such as Dunbar and Bonamy Grimes to their full potential, it came as no surprise that Dunbar was left to Qualify their #5 car for Fuji just like Grimes had done in China despite other GT class entries fielding their fastest, and sometimes works factory drivers.


Despite only qualifying fifth in class for tomorrows race, the timing screen across the prior three sessions  showed improving lap times for all aboard the blue and white liveried car Events from the previous round in Shanghai have proven that anything could and usually does happen despite superior opposition as the then pair of Red River Sport drivers claimed a fully worthy P3 at the end of that four hour race.

Photo credit - Asian Le Mans Series
Saturday, December 08, 2018 | Read more...
Prosport Performance announce ADAC driver line up

Prosport Performance announce ADAC driver line up

Only the forth team so far to publicly announce their imminent acquisition of two early examples of the 2019 specification Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT3 - German based Prosport Performance have today gone onto announce their first set of the drivers.

Competing in the ADAC GT Masters Series in one of their new GT3's will be AMR WEC and former British GT Racer Maxime Martin who will join former Callaway Corvette driver and former ADAC GT Masters racer Daniel Keilwitz within the new AMR Partner Team.


This highly proficient racing team has decided to swap over to the new turbo charged era of the AMR Vantage GT3 and GT4 which they will race the latter in both the ADAC German GT4 and European GT Series as the English marque pushes to broaden their horizons and success in the world GT market.

The challenge now for both the factory and the team is to get these new cars built and to their Partner teams in time for pre-season testing - the ADAC GT Masters itself starts at the end of April at Oschersleben.

Photo credits - Prosport


Friday, December 07, 2018 | Read more...
A very early look at the entry list for Sebring WEC 2019

A very early look at the entry list for Sebring WEC 2019


With still just under one hundred days to go before the next instalment of the FIA's World Endurance Championship from Sebring in Florida, a provisional entry list has been today published for what will the sixth round out of eight of this years transitional 'super-season'.

Thirty four entries are so far confirmed for the 1000km's of Sebring event that will be held straight off the back of the 12Hours of Sebring IMSA event in the middle of March 2019.

For the Aston Martin Racing fan, the only points of note is the return to a three driver line up for the two factory GTE Pro cars with Darren Turner rejoining Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim aboard the #95 car whilst Jonny Adam swaps back from the TF Sports GTE Am entry to rejoin Maxime Martin and  Alex Lynn in the #97 car.

This move comes as no surprise after the cars reconfigured to a two driver line up straight after Le Mans.


What is surprising however, is the unexpected 'TBA' aboard the #90 TF Sport entry following Adam's 'repatriation' to the factory GTE Pro car in readiness for the longer endurance race in Florida - we sort of had expected Euan Hankey's name to automatically reappear in the car alongside Salih Yoluc and Charlie Eastwood but that is obviously yet to be confirmed.

We suppose that there is still plenty of time to wait and see who will take this available seat in the months ahead after all!


Thursday, December 06, 2018 | Read more...
Final race of year for TF Sport and Red River Sport in Fuji

Final race of year for TF Sport and Red River Sport in Fuji


Just two weeks after competing at the opening round of the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series from Shanghai in China, many have been making their next long haul flight back to the Far East for the Series second round from the Fuji International in Japan this weekend.

Having arrived in Shanghai with a simple desire to enjoy themselves and learn from the experience, the crew of the #5 Red River Sport with TF Sport ended up giving themselves even more to cheer about with a well deserved podium finishing the 4Hours of Shanghai in P3 albeit with just two drivers.


With the squads second Bronze rated driver Ivor Dunbar being kept away from China due to unforeseen personal reasons, it was left to fellow Bronze driver Bonamy Grimes and Pro driver/coach Johnny Mowlem to impress the crowds with what will be the last hoorah for the Surrey based team and their Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3 in both 2018 and foreseeable mainstream racing.

Despite having actually led the GT class through rightful track position for a large proportion of the race, the duo only lost out to teams with current factory GTE drivers aboard - a remarkable achievement in itself considering their lack of track time aboard the V12 Vantage compared with other teams.

Dunbar rejoins his long standing Red River team mates for the final round of the Series before the festive break now comfortable in the though that they have the equipment and ability within to succeed. 


Wasting now time at home, the trio tested a spare V12 Vantage at Silverstone over the weekend in what appeared to be sound weather preparation for this weekends Fuji round although the forecast does seem to be drying out as we get closer to race day.

Friday shall see both the Private test and first Free Practice session before the final Free Practice and Qualifying on Saturday. The start of the four hour race on Sunday is due to start at 03:00hrs GMT and will be streamed again live via the Series social media channels

Good luck to the guys over there!

Photo credits - Andrew Lofthouse / Jacob Ebrey




Wednesday, December 05, 2018 | Read more...
Pictorial history of the Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3 fleet

Pictorial history of the Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3 fleet


With 2018 being the final year of factory assisted racing around the world for the extremely successful Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3, we bring to you our version a brief pictorial history of each of the forty five chassis made by the Prodrive factory since 2012.

This piece has been made possible with the kind support of Ivan at the Facebook Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 Chassis Number Tracking page and has been taken from the point in time towards the end of the end of Summer 2018. Whilst not every livery or race event has been listed, we have tried to illustrate the principle teams and series involved who between them have won a sizeable number of race and championship wins.

We are also hoping that Ivan goes on to expand upon all of these entries with further details that he has recorded in relation to drivers, races and finishes.

VANTAGEGT2-X3

Team - Aston Martin Racing - Test and development car
Location - UK

C/o - AMR

Team - Beechdean AMR - British GT/Blancpain
Location - UK

C/o - The Advantage

AMRVANTAGEGT3-001


Team - Kinfaun Racing - British GT/Spa24
Location - UK



Team - Craft Racing - Macau GT Cup
Location - Asia


Team - LG Motorsport - PWC
Location - USA

C/o Jay Bonvouloir Photo

Team - Karl Williams - PWC
Location - USA


AMRVANTAGEGT3-002

Team - Fischer/Young Driver AMR - ADAC GT Masters
Location - Germany


Team - Massive Motorsport - ELMS/24H Series
Location - Denmark

C/o 24H Series

AMRVANTAGEGT3-003

Team - Aspeed - Super GT300
Location - Japan


Team - Arnage Racing -  Super GT300
Location - Japan

C/o Shinya Hattori

Team - Craft Racing - Asian Le Mans Series
Location - Japan

Before returning to Arnage Racing

C/o - Racelink

Team -Alpha Classic Racing - Japanese GT Challenge
Location - Japan


AMRVANTAGEGT3-004

Team - Emil Frey Racing - Spa 24
Location - Germany


Team - Young Driver - ADAC GT Masters/VLN/N24
Location - Germany


Team - TRG-AMR - IMSA
Location - USA


Re-shelled with chassis 034.

AMRVANTAGEGT3-005

Team - Amattheis Motorsport - Brasileiro de Endurance
Location - Brazil


Team - GPR Racing - BRCC Endurance/Spa24
Location - Belgium

C/o - MS Photo

Team - Brussels Racing - BRCC Endurance
Location - Belgium


Re-shelled to form Chassis 030?

AMRVANTAGEGT3-006

Aston Martin Racing - VLN/N24
Location - Germany


Team - Strata 21 - British GT/Dubai24
Location - UK

C/o - 24H Series

Team - Alexander Lienau - Trophy H&R Cup/Histo Cup
Location - Austria


Team - BritecMotorsport - Track day car
Location - Germany


AMRVANTAGEGT3-007

Team - Craft Racing - GT Asia/ALMS/Dubai24
Location - Asia



Team -Craft Bamboo Racing - GT Asia/Bathurst12
Location - Asia


Team - Miedecke Motorsport - Australian GT
Location - Australia


AMRVANTAGEGT3-008


Team - GPR Racing - BRCC/Blancpain/GT Open
Location - Belgium


Team - Brussels Racing - BRCC Endurance/GT Open/Track day car
Location - Belgium

C/o GT Open

AMRVANTAGEGT3-009

Team - Ultimate Speed Racing - British GT/AMC/Britcar
Location - UK

Source unknown

AMRVANTAGEGT3-010

Team - Unknown - Did not race first time out in Chile/Peru before returning to Chile
Location - Chile


Team - unknown - Turismo Carretera
Location - Chile


C/o Aaronpetrol

AMRVANTAGEGT3-011

Team - VIP Petfoods/Tony Quinn - Australian GT
Location - Australia


Team - Taplin Real Estate Team - Australian GT
Location - Australia


Team - Miles Advisory - Australian GT
Location - Australia


Team - Miedecke Motorsport - NSWPC/GT Asia
Location - Australia


NSSPSC

AMRVANTAGEGT3-012

Team - Villois Racing - International GT Open/AMC
Location - Italy


Team - 22GT - Aston Martin Festival
Location - Le Mans


Team - TF Sport - International GT Open/Le Mans Cup/ELMS
Location - UK


Team - Oman Racing by TF Sport - Blancpain GT/Gulf 12Hr/Le Mans Cup
Location -UK




C/o Blancpain GT


Team - Red River Sport by TF Sport - Asian Le Mans Series
Location - UK

C/o AsLMS



AMRVANTAGEGT3-013

No known chassis constructed.

AMRVANTAGEGT3-014

Team - Old Boys - Troféu Brasil de Endurance
Location - Brazil

C/o - Humberto da Silva

Team - MC Tubarão Auto Centro - Endurance Brasil
Location - Brazil

Credit unknown

AMRVANTAGEGT3-015

Team - Barwell/MP Motorsport - Blancpain/British GT/GT Cup/24H Series
Location - UK 

Chassis destroyed at Barcelona 24H Series



AMRVANTAGEGT3-016

Team - Brussels Racing - BRCC
Location - Belgium


Team - TF Sport / HPR Motorsport - British GT/GT Cup/Dutch Supercar
Location - UK


Team - TF Sport - GT3 Le Mans Cup
Location - France

C/o TF Sport

Team - Hud Motorsport - GT Cup
Location - UK

C/o Steve Jackman

AMRVANTAGEGT3-017

Believe to be a former TRG-AMR car but no information available

AMRVANTAGEGT3-018

Team - Barwell/MP Motorsport British GT/Blancpain
Location - UK


Sent to USA to replace TRG - AMR chassis 021 that was destroyed in accident

Team - TRG-AMR - IMSA/PWC
Location - USA

C/o TRG-AMR

AMRVANTAGEGT3-019

Team - Craft Racing - Asian Le Mans Series/Bathurst12
Location - Asia


Team - Craft Bamboo - GT Asia
Location - Asia


Team - Miedecke Motorsport - Australian GT
Location - Australia


AMRVANTAGEGT3-020

Team - Motorbase - British GT
Location - UK


Team - Motorbase Oman Racing - Blancpain
Location - UK



Team - Jetstream Motorsport - British GT
Location - UK


AMRVANTAGEGT3-021

Team - TRG-AMR - IMSA
Location - USA
Car destroyed - rebuilt with chassis #018


AMRVANTAGEGT3-022

Believe to be a former TRG-AMR car but no information available

AMRVANTAGEGT3-023

Team - Motorbase - British GT
Location - UK



Re-shelled with chassis 031 but kept chassis 23 number

Team - Stradale Motorsport - G&H Transport Racing Extreme Supercars
Location - South Africa


C/o ILEB

AMRVANTAGEGT3-024

Team - MP Motorsport - Blancpain/British GT
Location - UK


Team - Motionsport - Bathurst 12hr
Location - UK



AMRVANTAGEGT3-025

Team - NB Team - GT Asia
Location - Asia



AMRVANTAGEGT3-026

Team - NB Team - GT Asia
Location - Asia


Team - CMRT Eurasia - Blancpain Asia
Location - Malaysia

C/o Blancpain GT Asia

AMRVANTAGEGT3-027

Team - Aston Martin Test Centre/Leonard Motorsport - British GT/Blancpain/British GT
Location - UK

C/o Blancpain GT

Team - Aston Martin Racing - Rolex 24/N24/VLN
Location - USA/Germany


Team - MacMillan Racing - British GT
Location - UK


Team - Optimum Motorsport - British GT
Location - UK



AMRVANTAGEGT3-028


Team - HPR Motorsport - British GT
Location - UK


Team -TF Sport - British GT
Location - UK



AMRVANTAGEGT3-029

Team - 22GT - British GT
Location - UK



Team -TF Sport - British GT
Location - UK

Re-shelled to form chassis 041



AMRVANTAGEGT3-030

Team - Motorbase - British GT
Location - UK



Team Solaris AMR - Italian GT/International GT Open
Location - Italy

Rebuilt using chassis 037


Credit - Solaris AMR



AMRVANTAGEGT3-031

Used to re-shell chassis 023 after Brands Hatch 2016



AMRVANTAGEGT3-032

Team - Aston Martin Racing - N24/Rolex 24/Macau
Location - UK


C/o AMR


C/o AMR

AMRVANTAGEGT3-033

Team - PFL Motorsport - British GT
Location - UK


Team - GT Racing - Classic GT Challenge/Track day car
Location - Canada

JMD Photo

AMRVANTAGEGT3-034

Team - TRG-AMR - IMSA
Location - USA



Team - De La Torre Motorsports - PWC/24H
Location - USA


C/o - 24H Series

AMRVANTAGEGT3-035

Team - Tony Quinn - Australian GT
Location - Australia


Team - Waltec Motorsport - Production Sports Car Championship
Location - Australia


Team - Tony Quinn - Australian GT
Location - Australia

Australian GT

AMRVANTAGEGT3-036

Team - FNT - Track day car
Location - Germany

C/o Team FNT

AMRVANTAGEGT3-037

Team - Solaris AMR - International GT Open
Location - Italy

C/o - GT Open

Team - Scuderia Vesuvio - Campionato Italiano Velocità Montagna
Location - Italy

As per watermark

AMRVANTAGEGT3-038

Team - John Kaias at Custom Racing Engineering - Track Day car
Location - Australia



AMRVANTAGEGT3-039

Miedecke Motorsport
Australian GT
Australia

C/o Dirk Klynsmith

AMRVANTAGEGT3-040

Team - R-Motorsport - Blancpain GT
Location - Switzerland


C/o - R-Motorsport


AMRVANTAGEGT3-041

Team - TF Sport - British GT
Location - UK

Re-shell for chassis 029 due to damage

The-Advantage


AMRVANTAGEGT3-042


Team - R-Motorsport - Blancpain GT/24H Series
Location - Switzerland


C/o R-Motorsport


AMRVANTAGEGT3-043

Believed to be spare chassis for R-Motorsport



AMRVANTAGEGT3-044

No information available 



AMRVANTAGEGT3-045

Team - Aston Martin Antwerp - Track day car
Location - Belgium


C/o Aston Martin Antwerp

AMRVANTAGEGA3-0001

Team - TRG-AMR - Grand Am/PWC/IMSA
Location - USA



Team - Drissi Motorsport - PWC
Location - USA



Team - De La Torre - PWC
Location - USA



There ends the V12 era but here's looking forward to the turbo charged era instead - there's plenty more races and Championships out there to win!

C/o - AMR

Monday, December 03, 2018 | Read more...