News from the PROsport Racing team as they look to see out 2021 on something of a high in other series

News from the PROsport Racing team as they look to see out 2021 on something of a high in other series


News out from the PROsport Racing team this week indeed confirm their unfortunate withdrawal from the DTM Trophy Series but also highlights what will take its place as well as aspirations to move up the GT ladder with some potential help from a certain Aston Martin Racing factory driver.

The actions taken against the team by the race officials at their last round of the DTM Trophy from the Red Bull Ring a couple of weeks ago was for them the final straw that warranted their immediate removal from the series in protest. 

Team boss Christophe Esser said that “It is a shame that we ended our involvement in the DTM Trophy prematurely, because the format with sprint races and one driver is really good and the DTM is a myth. Unfortunately, there were already incidents at the start in Monza and especially recently at the Red Bull Ring that neither our drivers nor we as a team can accept. Our drivers, Mike David Ortmann and Tim Heinemann, told us that they no longer want to drive in the DTM Trophy under these conditions. We respected that and share this attitude."

In order to fill those gaps now conspicuous upon the team’s race calendar, the team have been accepted into the final three rounds of the ADAC GT4 Germany Series at the Sachensring, Hockenheim and then a the Nurburgring at the beginning of November.

Whilst Mike David Ortmann has already been confirmed as the first of two drivers aboard one of their two Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 entries, the team are still looking for potential drivers to fill the remaining seats.

For their second driver who was competing with them, reigning DTM Trophy Champion Tim Heinemann, he is looking to continue his GT3 pathway that he presently does within the DMV-GTC Series with another team. The team is hopeful that they can field their remaining AMR Vantage GT3 into the final races of the ADAC GT Masters Series with (not sure if this is confirmed or just wishful thinking by them) with non-other than reigning World Endurance Champion GTE Pro Champion Nicki Thiim.

Esser added to this point that “Tim Heinemann is an absolute driving talent and we would like to continue working with him. That's why we want to do guest starts in the ADAC GT Masters with him and, if possible, with Nicki Thiim. In the past few weeks and months, Heinemann has already completed tests with our Vantage GT3 on the Nürburgring, Grand Prix circuit and Nordschleife, also in Hockenheim. "

Photo credits – DTM Trophy / PROsport

Saturday, September 18, 2021 | Read more...
Dorr Group move up to an AMR Vantage GT3 in this weekends DMV GTC Series

Dorr Group move up to an AMR Vantage GT3 in this weekends DMV GTC Series

 


Not for over two years have The-Advantage reported on the race and Championship winning exploits of Schaller Motorsport and Timo Scheibner with their normally aspirated V12 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 – until today!!

Today we learn that in lieu of a McLaren 720S that they were scheduled to have been racing in, that Dorr Motorsports in Germany announce an entry for drivers Dino Steiner and Phil Dorr in a 2019 specification AMR Vantage GT3 in this weekend’s visit of their national DMV GTC Series at the Hockenheim circuit. This will also be the teams first race with the AMR Vantage GT3 platform!


Better known for his exploits in the ADAC GT4 Germany Series in his AMR Vantage GT4 that he shares with Andreas Wirth, the family-owned Dorr Group of top end car showrooms also well connected with the McLaren Group..


The DMV GTC Series event this weekend will feature a combined grid of fifteen GT3 cars and fourteen GT4 cars across its multiple race programme this weekend.

We understand this GT3 to be one of the two cars previous owned by PROsport Performance and ran in the GT Masters Series.

Photo credits – DMV GTC / Dorr / ADAC GT4
Thursday, September 16, 2021 | Read more...
Hoping for their best yet from TF Sport in the ELMS at Spa this weekend

Hoping for their best yet from TF Sport in the ELMS at Spa this weekend


Finally, but by no means least in this weekend’s large catalogue of Aston Martin Racing Partner and Customer team activity is the penultimate round of the European Le Mans Series from Spa Francorchamps in Belgium.

Featuring their season long crew of John Hartshorne, Ollie Hancock and AMR factory weapon Ross Gunn again reunite in their #95 TF Sport prepared Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GTE after a highly successful last outing together at the 24 Hours of Le Mans where they eventually finished P8 in that ultra-competitive GTE Am grid of twenty-three cars.

Back into the European series for this weekend, the previous four rounds of the season have been something of a baptism of fire for the returning Gentleman driver since his last racing experiences at this level of GT racing and as well for his silver co-driver Hancock.

This weekend’s round features an entry list of thirty-eight cars spread across the available LMP2, LMP3 and GTE classes with the #95 car again battling in a class of nine, mainly Ferrari 488 based cars with a couple of Porsche’s thrown in also for good measure.

As usual for this circuit, the association with rain is never too far away and that is something that the teams have already had to deal with having conducted their ‘private testing’ around the circuit yesterday as local planning laws prohibit events more than four consecutive days long at the circuit. During the morning session, caution was the better part of valour as the #95 featured as being the slowest on track to then gain confidence during the similarly wet afternoon session to finish second fastest in class.

Where this race goes for the team, nobody knows but any significant weather patterns will always influence the proceedings and coming out of Le Mans with a finish of that magnitude – confidence between Hartshorne and Hancock (Gunn is just like a rocket any day or night of the week despite his high workload these days) should still be high so we are hopeful of their best race result to date on Sunday especially as all the Ferrari’s have lost both fuel capacity and turbo boost since the last race at Monza.

The start of this four-hour race begins at 11:00hrs local.

Photo credits – ELMS / WEC / TF Sport

Thursday, September 16, 2021 | Read more...
GT Cup reaches its penultimate round at Donington Park this weekend

GT Cup reaches its penultimate round at Donington Park this weekend


Like many GT race series in the northern hemisphere, all are approaching the conclusion of what has been their 2021 season and another one of these is the GT Cup Championship which moves onto Donington Park this weekend for another four races that will make up their penultimate round.

As all season long, we can expect to see the two Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4’s from each of the Century Motorsport and Feathers Motorsport team again this weekend as drivers David Holloway/Bradley Ellis and James Guess/Tom Canning look to see just how high up the ‘pecking order’ order in time for the final event at Snetterton in early October.

Presently, the #82 Feathers Aston stands in P11 in the overall Championship table but then just 43 points behind the leading Orange Racing McLaren 570s in their GHT Class against that of the #15 car being in P29 and P8 respectively.

Canning re-joins the Feathers team for Donington due to usual co-driver Darren Turner being on duty at the Goodwood Revival this weekend so we are sure that the former British GT GT4 Champion will be keen to better the single podium that he and Guess won at the last round at Snetterton in June.

This weekend’s race format will again follow the format of a sprint race for the Am in the morning followed by a pit stop punctuated/driver change race in the afternoon over both Saturday and Sunday.

Photo credits – GT Cup / Teams

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 | Read more...
Looking to continue their podium winning streak in Super Taikyu for D'Station Racing

Looking to continue their podium winning streak in Super Taikyu for D'Station Racing

 


After the four rounds of the Super Taikyu Series so far, it’s off to the Suzuka Circuit this weekend for the multi-class Japanese series as D’Station Racing aim to solidify their top-class ST-X position at the top of the class as well as move up in the ST-Z class for their GT4 entry.

For their #777 Aston Martin racing Vantage GT3 crew of Satoshi Hoshino, Tomonobu Fujii and Tsubasa Kondo having maintain their four out of four-podium run with a P2 finish at Autopolis last time out, the #777 crew hold a slender eleven-point lead from the #290 Floral Racing McLaren 720S going into this weekend’s five-hour race.


For their AMR Vantage GT4 crew of Tatsuya Hoshino, Max Orido, Takuro Shinohara and Kenji Hama, a class win last time out bolstered their ST-Z Championship aspirations by lifting them up to P4 in class and just twenty-one and a half points behind the class leading Endless Sports Mercedes AMG GT4 with two rounds remaining.


Taking momentum gained by the team at this year’s Le Mans 24hr where drivers Hoshino and Fujii finished their inaugural AMR/LM24 24 race P6 in the highly competitive GTE Am Class with TF Sport, the team are taking time to test at Sugo this week with two of their available AMR Vantage GT3’s ahead of this weekend’s events to maximise their chances against the forty six car – nine car class grid.

Photo credits – D’Station Racing
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 | Read more...
Many a new face set to appear in an Aston Martin at Watkins Glen this weekend

Many a new face set to appear in an Aston Martin at Watkins Glen this weekend


Having missed this family of races for a couple of months then two rounds come along in relative quick succession as the SRO America Series take their GT America, GT4 America and GT World Challenge America grids back east and across the Great Lakes to Watkins Glen in upstate New York for their fifth round of season this weekend.

Last out at Road America at the end of August, there was double podium success for Jason Bell and his GMG Racing Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 in the two races that made up the Am only GT America Series, another podium finish in race 2 of the GT4 America Series for the Bryan Putt/Kenton Koch Bsport Racing AMR GT4 as well as the best results of the year so far for the Ian Lacey Racing AMR Vantage GT3 of Frank Gannett and Drew Staveley.

We also welcomed the latest AMR customer team in the form of M Squared Motorsport (Automatic Racing) into both the GT America and GT4 America for drivers Paul Kiebler and Mikel Miller.

Looking through the provisional entry lists for all three series, there appears to be yet more Aston Martin Racing newcomers present within the GT4 ranks as opposed to those who raced last time out.

In GT America, we again have the three expected entries from Jason Bell (GMG Racing), Gray Newell (Heart of Racing) and Paul Kiebler (M Squared Motorsport) but we also now show a #50 AMR Vantage GT4 for Ross Chouest racing with 3R Povoledo Racing.

They in turn also all turn out again within the multi-class GT4 America Series with their respective co drivers with Andrew Davis joining Bell, Ian James joining Newell, Mikel Miller with Kiebler and Aaron Povoledo pairing up with Chouest. With these, we still need to add into the mix the Bsport Racing Aston, the brothers Dexter in their family run Aston as well as the WR Racing Aston of Paul Terry who will this time be joined by one Owen Trinkler instead of his usual side-kick, Brandon Davis.

So in the GT4 arena alone, that will be four Aston Martin’s racing in the GT America Series and a whopping seven Aston Martin’s with the GT4 America Series. Add that to the Ian Lacey AMR Vantage GT3 competing again in the multi-class GT World Challenge America Series and that’s a very healthy AMR presence in North America thank you very much!!!

Take a bow Cy and Susan Jary, as well as the rest of the team at CSJ Motorsport as all your efforts are gratefully received on this side of the fence!

Indeed, our friends at CSJ Motorsport have confirmed that the Povoledo Racing effort has come about as a result of a crash for Chouest/Povoledo in their #89 Renntech Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT4 last time out at Road America that has left them car-less and they have in turn bought the distinctly liveried Texan/Union Jack covered car that CSJ Motorsport have had available all season. We also understand that the new drivers intend to race it with this livery which should look amazing around the Watkins Glen circuit.

In terms of Championship standings, in GT America Jason Bell sits P2 in the GT4 Drivers table fifty five points behind the leader but with still six races to go. Chouest (now in the Aston of course) rests P6 and Gray Newell P8 but both sadly not in any position to upset the leading drivers.

In the GT4 America Pro-Am class, everyone has a battle on their hands to reign in the runaway leading Nolasport Porsche which leads with a mighty sixty-three-point margin but again with six races still to go. The #15 Bsport Aston is placed joint second on 94 points and the #59 WR Racing in a possible P6 with only half the points but not let’s say never when it comes to modern GT4 racing and in the GTWCA Series, a season best P4 last time out at Road America elevate the Gannett/Staveley AMR Vantage GT3 crew to a very credible mid table position.

As usual, all six races of the weekend will be steamed live via their respective social media channels.

Photo credits – GT America / GT4 America / GT World Challenge America / CSJ Motorsport / Teams / F Lagunas

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 | Read more...
Rounding off last weekends AMR customer action

Rounding off last weekends AMR customer action

 


There’s just about enough time to shoehorn in the remaining Aston Martin Racing Partner and Customer racing action from last weekend before we have to embark on an equally hectic schedule ahead of this weekends action from around the world.

Up in Cheshire, the British GT Championship held their penultimate round of their 2021 season at the picturesque Oulton Park circuit. A meeting that had two one-hour races slotted into its non-conventional September date but two races non the less that could make or indeed break anyone’s Championship aspirations even before they get to the final round at Donington Park next month.


Qualifying had already gone badly wrong for the #7 Beechdean AMR Vantage GT3 of Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam as the team boss had already had a heavy altercation with the Armco crash barrier during his final flying lap of Q1. Such was the damage that Adam couldn’t even go and set a time and their team of trusted mechanics and engineers worked tirelessly overnight to swap out the damaged front section of theirs with surrogate one that Prodrive had shipped up to the circuit that night.

On the flip side of that, the #27 Newbridge Motorsport AMR Vantage GT4 crew of Matt Topham and Darren Turner had had an awesome Qualifying, placing their car on GT4 pole position for both races.

Whilst the weather remained settled over the course of the opening race, a half-rebuilt car proved itself to be something of a ‘dog’ for Howard and Adam to drive after only a ten-minute warm up to iron out any issues aboard their somewhat dishevelled car for them to finish P9 overall and P7 in their Pro-Am Class.


The #27 meanwhile was flying high with a confident Topham opening the race followed up with the reliable hands of multiple Le Mans winner and AMR Factory driver Turner. They would go on to take another overall GT4 class win (and Pro-Am Class) win to add to their already Championship leading tally.

Then came the rain!!!!

For the #7 Beechdean crew it made no difference as they would be starting from the rear of the GT3 pack anyway and co-incidentally, just one space ahead of the #27 Newbridge car at the head of the GT4 pack.


The constant rain meant for two warm up laps before the grid was eventually let go to racing and into the wall of spray and water vapour thundered the twenty-four cars. Miraculously there were no incidents of note with a remarkable upturn in driving standards compared to some earlier rounds of the season.

This time with (also) multiple Le Mans winner and AMR factory driver Adam behind the wheel, the #7 car continued along within its seemingly underwhelming performance window, something that had become visible over many rounds now and would certainly not give them the power to recover from their situation like it did for one of their class contending Mercedes AMG GT3 runners after a drive through penalty!!


For the Newbridge car, the rain had also appeared to have washed away some of that car’s performance with Turner playing a waiting game in third whilst the Silver Cup runners dashed about around him – waiting for a Safety Car period that was almost inevitable.

Swapping over to Topham, he came out to the rear of the GT4 train and that gave him the opportunity to move forward should he felt brave enough to do do in the still dreadful track conditions. Placing certain points before potential risk, Topham eventually came home P3 in the Pro-Am class – a result that cut their points lead to 14.5 points from the #40 Fox McLaren going into Donington Park finale.

It was what it was but for some – there will still be a #DoningtonDecider!


The final race of the weekend was the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship for Laguna Seca in California. This time we had two AMR Vantage GTD’s from the Herat of Racing team to watch as Alex Riberas came back to the States after a year out in New Zealand to join Team Principal Ian James aboard their #27 car but the stars of the team were of course the then Sprint Cup leading GTD crew of Roman De Angelis and Ross Gunn in their #23 car.

Qualifying for the #23 was good – to a point when Gunn was pinged for a Qualifying technicality specific to IMSA that dropped them down from their P3 slot to the rear of the grid and just behind their sister car.


For the debut of the #27 car, things were very short lived as a wheel of the track and onto the dust spun the car into the path of an oncoming Acura GTD with an impact that would consign both cars to behind the wall and eventual retirement from the race.

The race wasn’t kind to the #23 car either as De Angelis was spun around in the early stages of his recovery drive. From that point on, Laguna Seca became very much a case of damage limitation as the leaders were now so far ahead and P5 was the best that they could do on the day.


With the series on its way to Long Beach for their second west coast round of the year, things are tightening up at the top of GTD with just Virginia International Raceway to come in Sprint after Long Beach and then Road Atlanta as well in the Endurance series

Photo credits – Jacob Ebrey / Team / CSJ Motorsport / F Lagunas


Monday, September 13, 2021 | Read more...
Mid race incident ends Stoner Car Cares AMR efforts at Laguna Seca

Mid race incident ends Stoner Car Cares AMR efforts at Laguna Seca


A promising weekend came to an abrupt halt for the Stoner Car Care Racing fielded by Automatic Racing team in Saturday’s WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120, as a mid-race incident ended the day early in Round 8 of the Michelin Pilot Challenge (MPC) season.

 
The team came into the weekend with an all new driver lineup - Weiron Tan (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and Anderson Tanoto (Jakarta, Indonesia) behind the wheel of the iconic No. 99 Invisible Glass Aston Martin Vantage GT4.
 
Tan, 26, has extensive sports car and open-wheel experience in Europe, Asia and the United Sates, and is the co-founder of Motorsport Services AMR Asia Ltd, the official Aston Martin racing representative and exclusive distributor in Asia. Tanoto, 32, began his racing career in 2018 and has competed in competed in several Asian sports car series. With the global pandemic affecting racing series across the globe, neither driver had raced in nearly a year ahead of their MPC debuts.
 
Tan competed at WeatherTech Raceway in the Road to Indy junior open wheel series in 2015, so the team focused on getting Tanoto familiar with not only on the track’s tricky 2.238-mile, 11-turn configuration, but the Aston Martin GT4 and Michelin tire as well. Tanoto took the wheel for qualifying and placed the Aston Martin in the 15th starting position in the Grand Sport (GS) class.
 
“Anderson really stepped up to the plate and took a good swing at it,” said Automatic Racing team manager David Russell. “He set a personal best through the three sessions right there at the end. Both drivers have done an impressive job really attacking the weekend, given the steep learning curve.”
 
“We’re feeling good to be back in it after a long break, of course we’ll try to push for the best results possible,” said Tan. “But for now, I’m enjoying every single moment of it.”
 
Tanoto began flexing the Aston Martin’s muscles at the drop of the green, including putting a wheel in the dirt while making a move for position in Turn 11 on the first lap. Into 13th by lap three, Tanoto continued on a steady pace, easily holding his own in a pack of drivers with far more experience on the challenging track. When a full course caution flew just over 45 minutes into the race, he dove into pit lane for fuel, tires and a change to Tan.
 
Once the field sorting itself out after pit stops, Tan took the restart in 16th position, making a move into 15th at the drop of the green. But on the second lap of green, Tan came together with a competitor going up the hill into turn one, flattening his left rear tire and causing left rear suspension damage that ended the day with the team in 20th position. 
 
While disappointed with the outcome, both team and drivers came away from the weekend with a positive outlook and a determination to work together again.
 
“The car was great,” said Tanoto. “Clearly, the Aston Martin really excels. Unfortunately, we had that incident but that’s racing – the highs are high and the lows are low. But I really enjoyed the weekend. IMSA is a special place, and the series is so competitive. It’s all “elbows out” racing and we enjoyed that. We’ll definitely be back!”
 
“The weekend started off so well, it’s disappointing to have the race end that way,” said Tan. “I need to see the replay but I feel as though there was no room for the other car there. I defended my line on the front straight, and the track tightens going up the hill, I would have thought he would back off and not try to make it up the inside going into turn one. He hit the wall and bounced into us. It was really unfortunate, because we had such great race pace. The cars ahead were really stacked up and I think the cards were in our favor to play. But Anderson drove an excellent first stint, I wish we’d had a better outcome to show for it.”
 
“We had a tremendous amount of fun with those guys this weekend,” said Russell. “They’re an exciting group to have around, especially with the group of fans that came to see them race. We merged them into the team quite well and we’d love to have them back at some point. The car was quite good, they were quite happy with it, which is great considering how difficult it can be to nail the setup here. They’re part of the Aston Martin family and they did a great job – they’re bright guys, they studied up ahead of time, asked good questions and went into the race quite confident. We’re extremely disappointed that it didn’t work out in the end.”

Source material - Stoner Car Care
Monday, September 13, 2021 | Read more...
Win some - lose some for AMR teams around the world

Win some - lose some for AMR teams around the world


We continue with our untimely coverage of this weekend’s racing events from around the world for the various Aston Martin Racing Partner and Customer teams.

Last night, the Spanish Virage Team were racing around the Bugatti circuit layout of the Circuit de La Sarthe in the Ultimate Cup Series with their #16 AMR Vantage GT4 with drivers Julien Gerbi, Antoni Ledesma and ‘Birthday boy’ Umberto D’Amato.

Qualifying their car onto class pole for last night’s four-hour endurance race, the crew went on to seal the perfect end to the day’s events by finishing P9 overall but importantly P1 in class.

Over at the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca had the Michelin Pilot Challenge crews from the Volt Racing and Stoner Car Care teams compete in the latest round of the IMSA supporting series. For the #7 Volt Racing AMR GT4 crew of Alan Brynjolfsson and Trent Hindman, it was more of the case of improving upon their championship position after some difficult rounds so far but for the #99 Automatic Racing supported car, it was a case of introducing the car and the circuit to MPC novice drivers Weiron Tan and Anderson Tanoto.

For the #99 Asian contingent, their race would come to an unfortunate and premature end after contact with another GT4 car left them stranded at the start of the lap with a puncture and broken suspension. For the #7 car, they would eventually rally to finish P5 overall for some more vital championship points.

Back into Europe and after their P2 finish is a bizarre weather stopped race at the Red Bull Ring had TF Sport compete in the second race of the International GT Open Series as a taster for potential customer Sam De Haan with ‘resident’ racer Charlie Eastwood.

If you to entice anybody towards your product then what better way to do that than to place your car on pole position (which Eastwood did for race 2) and to then convert that into a light’s to flag win for your driver combo at the end. We will now wait to see just what comes out of that experience for De Haan for next year.

Then down a bit more to the south of France had the FFSA GT4 Series run their second race of their penultimate round from the Circuit de Ledenon. Yesterday saw the #007 AGS Events Racing team crew of Valentin Hasse-Clot and Romain Le Roux take an overall race win that bolstered their Silver Cup Championship chances no end but today was not to be as successful for the AMR racers as yesterday.

Still claiming a class podium in P3, the #007 AGS was again the best of the AMR finishers with their #89 Pro-Am teammates finishing P7 in class and their #161 Am Class team mates P5 in that class.

Finally for this report, had the PROsport Racing team compete in yesterday’s return of the NLS Series from the Nordschleife with the local team entering both of their AMR Vantage GT4’s for their bothers Dumarey in the SP10 Class.

Whilst their #176 car would go on to finish P4 in class, the faster #177 car would be taken out of the race with a technical issue whilst leading the class.

Photo credits - GT Open / Virage Group / CSJ Motorsport / F Lagunas / FFSA GT4 / PROsport

Sunday, September 12, 2021 | Read more...
Multiple podiums for Uno Racing as the Chinese GTSSC gets back to business

Multiple podiums for Uno Racing as the Chinese GTSSC gets back to business

 

After a long 4 month pause, Uno Racing has returned to the track for the Round 2 of GTSSC with 3 Aston Martin Racing GT cars picking up 4 trophies in 2 races for their efforts.

A challenging Saturday for the 3 drivers and the team, still all very new to the new Aston Martin Racing GT3 and GT4 cars with the unpredictable weather making this challenge even more difficult with everyone within the team still working on getting an ideal balance for their cars.  


Despite being a brand-new team with brand new cars and new drivers to the cars, none were afraid of trying to further develop the setup and even with the growing challenges of the unpredictable weather for Sunday.

As predicted by the weather forecast, rain indeed arrived with Race 1starting behind safety car. It was a still a chaotic start with many cars spinning and running off the track and within those challenging conditions and having started in 8th position overall, Riokonig quickly climbed through the grid and successfully took the lead of the race by lap 2.

After an exciting race, Riokonig in Car 71 crossed the finish line as the overall winner, a fantastic feat for his debut in the series, and also the first winner trophy for the AMR Vantage GT3. 


Pun aboard the #91 car also had a good race and finished the race overall 6th place and 4th in class, having started in the middle of the grid on 11th position.

Thomas in the GT4 race car, performed a very stable and consistent race whilst facing breath-taking moments in some very tricky track conditions, not only passing cars which were losing control and spinning, but also battling with three other competitors and succeeding in fighting for 2nd position, all making an amazing debut racing for him.


As Sunday afternoon approached, the unpredictability of the weather was still making all the teams struggling to set race strategy and choice of tires. In the end, on wet conditions and intermittent showers, Race 2 also started under the safety car. Riokonig’s Car 71, having started on pole, was able to defend his position for xxx laps before he made the first mistake in the tricky conditions in T12 and losing the lead.

Pun's #91 started from 6th in the grid, had a good afternoon with exciting battles and overtakes in Race2. At one point was even able to take the lead of the race but failed to hold it due to the changing track conditions, having in the end crossed the finish line in 2nd place overall and a 1st in AM+ class. For each of the races, each GT3 driver received a trophy in Race 1 and Race 2, just like the plan they joked about earlier on the week.


Thomas in the GT4, in fact never have driven a race car on wet tyres, was a challenging task, lost a position during Race 2, but never gave up. He still fought well to defend his 3rd position in class. As a rookie in AMR GT4, this is a very positive and satisfiying result for both the team and the driver.

Next GTSSC round, 1st of October ai Zhuzhou International Circuit. 

Source material - Uno Racing




Sunday, September 12, 2021 | Read more...
Another ultra busy Saturday in the world of #TeamAMR

Another ultra busy Saturday in the world of #TeamAMR

 


It’s another frantic weekend for us on the domestic side of things, so just enough time to run through a few points we have picked up from over the cause of today.

Up at Oulton Park, the British GT Championship have just completed their Free Practice and Qualifying ahead of tomorrow’s two one-hour races that could make or break a number of crews GT3 or GT4 Championship aspirations.


All appeared to be going to plan for the Beechdean AMR and Newbridge Motorsport teams as drivers Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam and Matt Topham/Darren Turner respectively set about their preparatory work this morning ahead of Qualifying.

Whilst both Topham and Turner claimed top spot in class ahead of the two races tomorrow, Howard suffered a heavy off aboard his #7 car during his Qualifying session that sadly ended that session early for some (with the red flag) but also prevented Adam from setting a competitive time due to the frontal damage. 


It has since been confirmed (with an ever-appreciative gesture from Howard towards the track marshals and circuit medical staff in reply to us on social media) that is indeed OK and that “tomorrow is another day” with the #7 car expected to be rebuilt in time for morning warm up and the following Am starting race that Howard will start from in P4


Then down to the south of France where the FFSA GT4 Series is holding their penultimate round of the season down in Ledenon, the #007 AGS Events Racing Aston Martin Racing GT4 of Romain Leroux and Valentin Hasse-Clot secured a lights to flag victory in today’s first race of the weekend to place a further points cushion between them and their Silver Cup rivals going into tomorrow.


Their #89 Pro-Am car of Nicolas Gomar and Mike Parisy also had a good race, just missing out on another class podium in P4 as did their #161 Am Class hopefuls in Didier Dumaine and Christophe Carriere who also finished P4 in that class.


Bizarre events again from the Red Bull Ring in Austria as TF Sport returned to the circuit with another AMR ‘newbie’ in Sam De Haan who was wanting to try out one of the teams Vantage GT3’s alongside Charlie Eastwood.

Qualifying the #69 car P5 after the first track action aboard any AMR race car, De Haan took the start under warm alpine sunshine before the race was ultimately red flagged just before the scheduled end of Race 1 due to torrential rain that left many cars (including the #69) beached in various gravel traps around the circuit.


On count back from the red flag, the #69 crew lucked in and were awarded P2 overall and P2 in their chosen Pro Class.

And there’s still plenty more news from where that has all come from – and beyond!!

Photo credits - Jacob Ebrey / FFSA / TF Sport / Teams
Saturday, September 11, 2021 | Read more...