No Aston Martin runners confirmed yet for Bathurst

No Aston Martin runners confirmed yet for Bathurst

With the publication of the latest provisional entry list last night for next February's Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12Hr event, we see that the sixty cars listed do not yet include any Aston Martin runners.

We have been expecting local team, Miedecke Stone Motorsport to enter at least one of their AMR V12 Vantage GT3's into the Pro class and had heard just a few weeks ago that one car was already 2/3rds filled.

We have also enquired with R Motorsport in regards to any continuation in the event with any of their AMR GT3 or GT4 platforms to which they could not confirm (at the time of asking two weeks ago) either way.

We understand that the entry book will remain open over the course of today during which the event promoter also expects a handful more late entries.

Provisional entry list can be viewed HERE

Fingers crossed!!

Friday, December 15, 2017 |
Tandy back with Appleby Engineering in the Gulf

Tandy back with Appleby Engineering in the Gulf

With just two days to go before the start of track proceedings at the 2017 Gulf 12 Hrs from Abu Dhabi, its great to see that Steve Tandy is confirmed as completing the driver line up aboard the #44 Generation AMR SuperRacing V8 Vantage GT4.

Rejoining the James Appleby lead outfit for the first time since their 2014 British GT escapades in their Bentley Continental GT3, the 63 year old sportscar enthusiast has kept himself more than busy during these intervening years in various national and European series including the FIA Historic, Group C, Lamborghini Super Trofeo as well as more latterly in some LMP3 machinery this year.

He joins team and car regulars James Holder and Matt George as they look to improve their finishing position from last year against GTX3 class rivals from Dragon Racing and Scudaria Villorba Corse.

Track action begins Thursday afternoon (local).

Photo credit - Jacob Ebrey

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 |
Testing continues apace for New Vantage GTE

Testing continues apace for New Vantage GTE

Great to see that Aston Martin Racing have been able to make use of the UK's unseasonably warm winter months just prior to Christmas to get in some more valuable local testing with their new Vantage GTE.

Normally akin to having to travel to southern Spain and Portugal at this time of year, even clocking in a few laps around the Brands Hatch smaller Indy circuit worked well for the team with works driver Darren Turner able to come away having 'learned lots' despite the low track temperatures.

The driver of the car in the top photograph is however Andrew Howard having what we think was his first experience of the car after plans earlier in the year at their Snetterton test were changed.

From our discussions with the team at the car's launch a couple of weeks ago, the car has yet to reach its final,  homologated  finish and todays test would only have been to try out something else recently fitted or adjusted as well as the performance of their new Michelin rubber at lower temperatures.

That lime and black camo livery still looks great..........!!

Photo credits - Darren Turner / MSV Brands Hatch
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 |
Some one build that man a bigger display cabinet.........!!

Some one build that man a bigger display cabinet.........!!

No sooner than his hectic 2017 racing season had come to an end that Aston Martin Racing driver Jonny Adam became equally busy collecting all his end of season accolades for what has been an incredible year for the young Scotsman.

Presumably, the highlight of his season (and his career to date) was his last lap endeavours in France back in June that allowed him to take the chequered flag to the win the GTE Pro class at Le Mans along with co-drivers Darren Turner and Daniel Serra.

Before and after Le Mans in fact, Adam was claiming silverware galore with his busy exploits in the British GT, Blancpain GT (including a class win at the Spa24) and World Endurance Championships and that season performance has this week allowed him to claim further awards from the likes of the British Racing Drivers Club and the Scottish Motor Racing Club.

The 'Award Season' started well in Paris last week where Adam, Al Harthy and Yoluc claimed their Blancpain GT Pro-Am winners trophies after a great season with the TF Sport prepared Oman Racing Vantage GT3.

Then last weekend Adam was presented with the SMRC's Calland Trophy which is awarded to the best performing Scottish driver competing on an international stage. That was then not just matched but exceeded today at the annual BRDC Awards where he was awarded the Fairfield Trophy (top) for the most outstanding performance from a BRDC member. 

He and Darren Turner were also jointly awarded the Woolf Barnato and ERA Trophies for being the highest placed British drivers in a British car at Le Mans!

Its been quite a year, a great year in fact and we look forward to seeing what he can do next season. Besides, all these trophies will at least keep him busy over the winter months building something big enough to house them all in!!

Photo credits - Jacob Ebrey / Jonny Adam / SRO

Monday, December 04, 2017 |
The growth of R-Motorsport

The growth of R-Motorsport

This weeks announcement from Swiss based R-Motorsport of their intentions to field a two car entry into next year's ultra competitive Blancpain GT Series is the culmination of many years of preparation and growth for what was a very small, niche team.

Previous to now, the most that we had heard of R-Motorsport (Aston Martin St Gallen as it was in the early days) was their participation within certain events within the VLN Series, client based driver coaching and the odd 'dabble' into something bigger like Bathurst.

After Le Mans this year, we also heard of the 'desire' from the Aston Martin Racing factory to finish off the current iteration of their very successful V12 Vantage GT3 at the chassis #45 mark with a final rush of at least four brand new cars being then shipped out to customers in both Australia and Europe.

After this weeks news, R-Motorsport have since confirmed to us that their two car entry announced this week will indeed be within two of the very latest platforms of the GT3 car - being chassis' #40 and #42 - perhaps the final pure race going versions of the car before the final three being produced as 'specials' (whatever that means!).

The new variant Vantage GT3 is of course due to hit the race tracks in 2019

We know that the trilogy of businesses run by Dr's Andreas Baenziger and Florian Kamelger that are Aston Martin St Gallen,  R Motorsport and AF Racing all have sportscar and sportscar racing firmly embedded in their DNA. Having stepped up from just being a regional dealer for Aston Martin to an organisation that is now rapidly expanding its race competition and support base throughout Europe through to being a strategic partner in the AML/Red Bull Technologies Valkyrie project is more than making them a market force to be reckoned with.

Whilst we wait for the driver line up within the teams second GT3 to be confirmed we already know that their racing activities are expanding with the acquisition of yet more new V8 Vantage GT4's as well as the development of their client base into motorsport with one such individual having competed at Silverstone last month in the national Britcar Championship through to being expected to compete at next years Aston Martin Racing Festival at Le Mans next year. This weeks announcement also clearly indicated the teams intention to progress and compete at the 24Hrs of Le Mans itself in due course..

The question of the teams reappearance at February's 12 hours of Bathurst is also yet to be confirmed.

2018 is looking rather rosy already don't you think?

Photo credits - R Motorsport
Sunday, December 03, 2017 |
Two AMR's to take the start of the 2017 Gulf 12Hrs

Two AMR's to take the start of the 2017 Gulf 12Hrs

After many weeks of waiting, a more concise entry list has finally been published by the race organisers to confirm that there will be just two Aston Martin Racing platforms competing at this years Gulf 12Hrs event from Abu Dhabi in just under two weeks time.

These entries will be made up of the return of the Oman Racing squad with their TF Sport prepared AMR V12 Vantage GT3 to the event having skipped the event last year and the return of the Generation AMR SuperRacing with their sveltely liveried David Appleby Engineering prepared AMR V8 Vantage GT4.

First glimpses of the revised entry list would suggest a reduced grid but in fact (and as long as everyone on it does indeed takes the start) will see a slight improvement on the numbers of last year although the additional cars have come at the expense of the lower classes with just three cars in the GTX3 (GT4) class in which GenerationAMR will compete.

We already know that Almad Al Harthy returns to the track with his Race to Le Mans winning co driver in Tom Jackson who will be joined this time by UK Carrera Cup driver Euan McKay whilst the third driver to Matt George and James Holder in the GenerationAMR car has still to be confirmed.

The split format 12 hour race track activities starts on Thursday 14th December with the two part race taking place on the Saturday day/night afterwards.

Photo credits - Gulf 12Hr
Sunday, December 03, 2017 |
R-Motorsport enter their brand new AMR GT3's into Blancpain GT in 2018

R-Motorsport enter their brand new AMR GT3's into Blancpain GT in 2018

Throughout a thrilling evening in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in the heart of London, R-Motorsport, AF Racing’s motorsport arm, has announced its first participation in the 2018 Blancpain GT Endurance Series and their new driver line-up with young drivers Alex Brundle and Jake Dennis.

The R-Motorsport team will partner with established outfit Arden Motorsport. Founded by former British Racing Driver and Team Principal of Red Bull Racing Christian Horner, and his father Garry Horner, Arden Motorsport promise and deliver race operations at the highest level.

The team has already been testing the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 with Aston Martin Racing works driver and Le Mans winner Darren Turner, World Endurance Championship winner Alex Brundle and FIA Formula 3 European Championship driver Jake Dennis.

Co-owner and Team Principal of R-Motorsport Dr Florian Kamelger said, “We are extremely excited to be competing in the Blancpain GT Endurance Series in 2018. We have the ambition to fight for the win of the championship and to step onto the highest step of the podium at the 24 Hours of Spa in 2018. The Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 is such a great race car, the team is amazingly professional and our driver line-up will be fantastic. Being able to work with Arden Motorsport has been and is a great experience for us and we think we have found the perfect match.”

His business partner and Co-Owner Dr Andreas Baenziger stated, “We plan R-Motorsport to play an important role in the future of racing both in gentlemen and professional racing over the next decade.”

Founder of Arden Motorsport Garry Horner commented: “Andreas and Florian have not just played an important role in the Aston Martin Valkyrie project but are such enthusiasts and professionals in every respect. Their passion for racing and the brand is exceptional. I am pleased to be having such strong partners of Arden Motorsport and I am very much looking forward to next year’s Blancpain GT Endurance Series. I am expecting a great result for the R-Motorsport team.”

Source material - R-Motorsport
Thursday, November 30, 2017 |
New Vantage GTE Launch day scrapbook

New Vantage GTE Launch day scrapbook

Amazingly, it was a week ago tonight that the new Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GTE was unveiled to the public at an exclusive event at the former Truman Brewery site in east London.

Having been very fortunate to meet and greet the new car at last week's celebration, we cannot wait to see the new car again in person but next time with it hopefully pounding around a race track somewhere. With little track time available in Northern Europe until after Christmas, all we can share with you are these iPhone photo's and video's!

Finally, AMR's own video detailing the development of the new car......................

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 |
Miedecke hits the dance floor in the fight against Cancer

Miedecke hits the dance floor in the fight against Cancer

Earlier today European time will have seen Australian Aston Martin GT racer George Miedecke hit the dance floor along with his professional dance partner all in aid of of a local charitable event against cancer.

Proud to describe himself as six foot six inches - not six foot five inches, Miedecke joined a group of nine other local business people and personalities from New South Wales at the Stars of The Hastings Dance for Cancer event.

Incredibly, across the nine couples competing a near whopping $88,500.00 Aus has been already raised for this worthy cause.

Well done to all!

Friday, November 24, 2017 |