AMR's Class of 2022

AMR's Class of 2022

 


Having dipped in numbers over the two COVID-19 influenced seasons, the Aston Martin Racing Drivers Academy returns in force for the 2022 season with aptly twenty-two drivers today named as students and contenders for the ultimate prize.

Following in the footsteps of previous winners in the likes of Ross Gunn, Tom Canning, Valentin Hasse-Clot and last year’s winner Roman De Angelis, this year’s contenders mainly feature within the GT4 category with just one driver presently competing within the AMR Vantage GT3 for one of AMR’s many Customer and Partner teams.

As reported previously, the 2022 season is by far the busiest season yet with the 2019 AMR Vantage GT4 platform within the global racing scene despite GT3 take up has unfortunately been at the opposing end of the scale.

 

2022 ASTON MARTIN RACING DRIVER ACADEMY CANDIDATES

Driver 

Team

Series 

Car

Josh Miller (GBR)

R-Racing

British GT 

GT4

Nick Hancke (DEU)

Speed Monkeys

DTM Trophy

GT4

Jacob Riegel (DEU)

Speed Monkeys

DTM Trophy

GT4

Konstantin Lachenauer (CHE)

Racing Spirit of Leman

GT4 European Series

GT4

Gus Bowers (GBR)

Racing Spirit of Leman

GT4 European Series

GT4

Thijmen Nabuurs (NED)

Racing One

GT4 European Series

GT4

Theo Nouet (FRA)

Beechdean AMR

GTWC Endurance Cup

GT3

Tom Wood (GBR)

Racing One

ADAC GT4

GT4

Ben Dorr (DEU)

Doer

ADAC GT4

GT4

Romain Leroux (FRA)

Doer

ADAC GT4

GT4

Emil Heyerdahl (NOR)

Prosport  

NLS

GT4

Loris Cabirou (FRA)

AGS Events 

FFSA GT4

GT4

Ewen Hachez (GBR)

AGS

FFSA GT4

GT4

Hugo Bac (FRA)

AGS

FFSA GT4

GT4

Andy Noah (FRA)

AGS

GT4 European Series

GT4

Hugo Conde (FRA)

AGS

GT4 European Series

GT4

Julien Darras (FRA)

Street Art

GT Open GT4

GT4

Clemence Rouceau (FRA)

Street Art

GT Open GT4

GT4

Akhil Rabindra (IND)

Racing Spirt of Lèman

GT4 European Series

GT4

Jamie Day (GBR)

R-Racing

British GT 

GT4

Kenton Koch (USA)

Racing One

GT4 European Series

GT4

Phil Dorr (DEU)

Doer

ADAC GT4

GT4


Many of the names above will require no more introduction as all these series and Championships have already kicked off the

Most of these above drivers will require no further introduction from us as all the series/championships listed have already started their 2022 season, with great success to for many. The only name that is new to us is that of Clemence Rouceau – stated as competing with the Street Art Racing team in the GT Open Cup series but was not present at the opening round of the season at Paul Ricard last weekend.

Again, not necessarily dependent upon race results, the AMR Drivers Academy process will again have a judging panel comprising of Darren Turner, AMR Managing Director John Gaw, Head of Customer Racing Hugh Tusker and Head of Performance Engineer Gus Beteli to ‘interrogate’ the seventeen- to twenty-six-year-olds for the lucrative prize of funding towards their 2023 programme as well as the technical and developmental improvements a direct connection with the AMR factory will provide.

“The Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy is an excellent tool for assessing the level of talent within our partner ranks and is the ideal way for the brand to give back to the sport in a constructive and meaningful way. As our former winners have proven, and I’m sure Roman will too, this initiative holds enormous value to us, to the drivers who participate and the wider sport in general. We hope to continue this tradition as we look to support our partners across the GT racing around the world” said Tusker with today’s announcement.

Photo credits - AMR
Friday, May 27, 2022 | Read more...
Adderly Fong joins up with AMR Asia as team continue to champion the brand in the region

Adderly Fong joins up with AMR Asia as team continue to champion the brand in the region

 


Aston Martin Racing Asia and Ex-Formula 1 Test Driver Adderly Fong joins forces for the 2022 season.

Aston Martin Racing Asia is pleased to announce that Adderly Fong joins the team as Ambassador and AMR Asia - driver. Adderly is currently based in China and will be responsible for supporting Aston Martin Racing customer teams, driver coaching as well as racing in this region. The ex-Lotus F1 Team Development Driver has multiple years of experience in GT racing, most notably being crowned the 2013 Audi R8 LMS Cup Champion. Aston Martin Racing Asia presents a warm welcome to Adderly to join the family and look forward to working with him.


Adderly Fong, Aston Martin Racing Asia Ambassador and AMR Asia - driver:

"Coming to 2022, it is my privilege to become an ambassador with such an exclusive mark as Aston Martin Racing Asia. Our aim is to broaden the reception of the brand in Asia and hope to go racing as soon as things return to normal. Having driven both the AMR Vantage GT3 & GT4, I have confidence that great things can happen!"

Weiron Tan, Director, Aston Martin Racing Asia:

"We are very excited to have Adderly join the AMR Asia family! He’s one of the most reputable drivers we know who not only has vast knowledge & experience in motorsports but also a very likeable character by many. We’re certain he will work well with our customers and grow the AMR brand presence together in Asia. In addition, Adderly would be setting the benchmark for many more young up-and-coming drivers we hope to recruit in the future."

Source material – AMR Asia
Friday, May 27, 2022 | Read more...
Second round of New Zealands North Island Endurance Series from Taupo

Second round of New Zealands North Island Endurance Series from Taupo

 


This weekend also sees the running of the second round of New Zealand’s North Island Endurance Series from the Taupo International Motorsport Park.

Again featuring the Race Lab prepared bright yellow former Tony Quinn Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 of Pro-Am driver pairing of John Penny and Ronan Murphy, the #91 crew will be hoping that their P3 Qualifying and P5 result after their debur race with the car at round one of the series from Pukekohe earlier this month will give them a better footing ahead of this weekend’s three-hour race.


Featuring another diverse entry of twelve cars into this round, this pairing will again have to overcome driver pairings that feature big names from the antipodean GT racing arena like Jonny Reid, Greg Murphy and Chris Van der Drift.

Photo credits – N Bailey  / Team
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | Read more...
Championship tables re-addressed in time for British GTs first visit this season to Donington Park

Championship tables re-addressed in time for British GTs first visit this season to Donington Park

 


Three weeks after the last round of the British GT Championship and their Blue Riband event at the Silverstone 500, sees the Championship swing back into action for their fourth round of the season with the first of two visits to the Donington Park circuit this year.

Since the results of Silverstone where the #27 Newbridge Motorsport Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 crew of Matt Topham and Darren Turner took a much-deserved overall class (and a Pro-Am Class) win by the end of that three-hour event, the biggest news to come out of the paddock since has been the results of the Ram Racing protest following the rain affected events of the second race of the opening round of the season at Oulton Park.


With sadly no Aston Martin Racing powered teams competing within the Championship’s GT3 class this year, the result of the Ram Racing protest still saw the GT4 class results also adjusted and that does affect the Championship position of both the #27 Newbridge car and that of the #23 R-Racing AMR of Josh Miller and Jamie Day.

Last week’s National Court judgment places the #44 Stellar Motorsport up to P1 at the expense of the #27 Newbridge which moves down to P3 overall in GT4 whilst the R-Racing car moves up to fifth and their debut podium in race one.


Championship wise and after the results of the Silverstone round now places the Topham and Turner car second in the overall GT4 Drivers table but still clear leaders within their Pro-Am Class whilst the R-Racing crew retain fifth position in the overall table and the same in their Silver Cup class after a difficult round for them at Silverstone.

This weekend’s three-hour race now sees the return of the Championship’s performance related pit stop penalties which must be served at their final mandated stop where the #27 Newbridge car must now serve the maximum additional twenty seconds thanks to their class win last time out.


Unlike Silverstone where we were also blessed with the attendance of the Century Motorsport AMR Vantage GT4 of David Holloway and Bradley Ellis, Donington sees the return of just the two full season entries from both the Newbridge and R-Racing teams.


Timed track action again begins on Saturday with Free Practice and Qualifying with the start of Sundays race being waved off at 12:35pm.

Photo credits – Jacob Ebrey
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | Read more...
Largest AMR contingent yet take on the Green Hell

Largest AMR contingent yet take on the Green Hell


The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 will make its ADAC TotalEnergies 24H Nürburging debut this weekend with multiple title-winning and 24 Hours of Le Mans class-winning partner team TF Sport, as the ultra-luxury British sportscar brand returns to the top classes of the race for the first time since 2018.

Not only that, but the event will also mark the largest contingent of the current generation Vantage sportscars entered in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, as German teams Dörr Motorsport and the locally-based PROsport Racing enter three Vantage GT4s each – making it seven GTs in total.


The current Vantage GT3, based on the 4-litre V8, turbocharged ultra-luxury roadgoing Vantage sports car, has been gathering miles, and accolades, around the legendary 15.8-mile Nordschleife circuit in Germany’s Eifel region in preparation for its bow in the world’s most gruelling 24-hour race. Having made its competition debut at the track in un-homologated specification when it finished fourth with Maxime Martin (BEL) and Darren Turner (GBR) in 2018, Aston Martin then brought the Vantage back for the NLS8 race last year where Martin and Nicki Thiim (DEN) triumphed over several rival manufacturers. It became the first win for a British marque at the circuit in the modern era. Since then, TF Sport has been contesting rounds of the venue-based Nürburgring Langstrecken Series [NLS], as well as the 24 Hour Qualifiers, to ready itself for the 24 Hours race.


Now TF Sport bids to add to Aston Martin’s proud legacy of class wins with an all-star driver lineup that includes double FIA GT World Endurance champions Thiim and Marco Sørensen (DEN), Le Mans and Spa 24 Hours winner Martin, and Nürburgring specialist David Pittard (GBR).

“The Nürburgring 24 Hours is one of the coolest, toughest and most exciting races that a GT racing driver can take part in,” said AMR works driver Thiim. “It’s always a privilege to do it in an Aston Martin, and this year with Vantage and TF Sport we have a car and team that we know we can be competitive with. This event brings the very best talent in GT racing together, and so much can happen during the 24 hours, so it’s tough to know what will happen, but if things fall our way we have the speed and the ability to race at the front. We will be going hard for sure!”

Aston Martin GT cars have been an ever-present at the Nürburgring since 2005, when Aston Martin Lagonda made its debut in the VLN (now NLS) and Nürburgring 24 Hours with an almost standard V8 Vantage that provided the springboard for the ultra-successful GT4 version. Since then, the marque has enjoyed many notable class successes including victory in the SP9T class in 2018, when Martin, Thiim, Turner and Sørensen finished fourth overall, having led into the final hours amid heavy rain in the last competitive outing for the V12 Vantage GT3. This result still stands as the marque’s best finish in the Nürburgring 24 Hours.


In recent years attention has centred on developing the customer-focussed Vantage GT4, which won the SP8T class in 2019 with Jamie Chadwick (GBR), Alex Brundle (GBR) and Peter Cate (GBR). In 2020, AMR partner team Garage 59 finished third in the same class with an upgraded GT8R driven by Jonny Adam (GBR), Alexander West (SWE), Chris Goodwin (GBR) and Turner.

As in 2021, PROsport Racing has maintained an Aston Martin presence in the NLS series, and the team will bring three Vantages to the 24 Hours race, one SP8T class car and two in SP10 , having won the class qualifying races earlier in May.

Dörr Motorsport is contesting the race for the first time with Aston Martin and was also a doubleclass winner in the Qualifiers. It will have two cars in SP8T and one in SP10.


Head of AMR Partner Racing, Huw Tasker said: “A great deal of hard work and preparation has gone into this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours entry, not just from TF Sport with its Vantage GT3, but also our German partners Dörr Motorsport and PROsport Racing. The event is of enormous importance to us at Aston Martin Racing, for it is a great measure of the competitiveness and durability of a GT car. Vantage is a proven world champion and a winner at every level, and it continues to show excellent competitiveness around the world in all variants so success on the Nordschleife would be a key marker of its pedigree.


Source material AMR


 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | Read more...
A great showing from the Team Speed Monkey AMR racers at DTM Trophy opener

A great showing from the Team Speed Monkey AMR racers at DTM Trophy opener

 


Two highly charged and energetic rounds from the Lausitzring at the weekend kicked off the 2022 DTM Trophy Series with its two Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 crews aboard.

Featuring two young and new to GT4 racing drivers, German Based Team Speed Monkeys are also new to the AMR platform itself after only taking delivery of its one used and one new car earlier this year but in time for a decent amount of pre-season testing.


In a slight twist to other established GT4 series, the DTM Trophy runs with solo drivers in two shorter, thirty minutes plus one lap sprint races as venues in and around Germany in support of the main DTM Series of which the two Aston Martins are two of twenty similar cars.

With Nick Hancke driving their #99 car and Jacob Riegel the #63 cars, the two Astons had a conservative start to the weekends proceedings with the #99 Qualifying in P13 and the #63 P16 at the first time of asking as they competed amongst their competitors for the first time.


That however transcribed into a P4 finish for Hancke by the end of the race, albeit fifteen seconds behind the eventual winner whilst Riegel completed his first GT4 race in P13.

Sundays second race would see a similar Qualifying position for Hancke in P14, but Riegel was able to improve to start from the fourth row of the grid. Whereas Hancke would get spun around at the opening corner to lose significant ground to the pack, Riegel was able to narrowly avoid being shoved into the inside wall along the start straight to pressurise those ahead for P4 for most of the race.


With just five minutes remaining however, a lunge up the inside of the #63 car by the #13 BMW led to the BMW washing out of the corner and into the side of the Aston Martin, breaking its steering in the process and sending Riegel through the gravel and into the tyre wall. Thankfully, Riegel was unhurt and his car not too badly damaged although it was a first DNF of the season for the youngster.

Thanks to that Safety Car period, Hancke was able to elevate his race 2 position to complete the weekend with a P6 finish to go with his P4 on Saturday.

Photo credits - Team
Monday, May 23, 2022 | Read more...
Aston Martin success mixed amongst the carnage of the ADAC GT4 Germanys visit to Austria

Aston Martin success mixed amongst the carnage of the ADAC GT4 Germanys visit to Austria

 


Like the GT4 America Series, another series producing a whole mismatch of results for the attending Aston Martin Racing customer teams this weekend was the ADAC GT4 Germany Series who visited Austria for their second round of the season.

Having kicked off in Oschersleben a month ago with four podiums across the overall, Junior and Trophy classes, the seven AMR Vantage crews from the Doer Motorsport, Prosport Racing and Racing One teams again all looked to harness the performances of last time out for the undulating circuit of the Red Bull Ring.


Again, it was the four entries from the Doer Team who set the early pace ahead of Saturday’s opening hour long race with the #007 car of Ben Dorr and Romain Leroux claiming a P3 start just ahead of their #95 car of Nico Hantke (with Simon Connor Primm) and the #69 car of Indy Dontjie (with Phil Dorr) in P6 and P7 respectively. The two Prosport Racing cars would again compete in both the Junior and Trophy class with the #24 car of Mike David Ortmann (with Hugo Sasse) starting from P9 after the double podium event from Oschersleben whilst Christopher Rohner and Yevgen Sokolovskiy looked for their firs Trophy Class podium with their #48 car with their P28 starting slot.

Tom Wood and Euan McKay qualified lower down than otherwise expected in P14 for the #6 Racing One crew after they so very nearly won the last race overall, being only pipped to that P1 honour on the very last lap of Oschersleben last time out. Brothers Sandro and Juliano Holzem completed the AMR entry with their #97 Doer Motorsport car that would start P21.


Overnight rain had passed but the track was warm and dry ahead of Saturdays race as the grid thundered towards the tight right hand turn of Turn 1 but contact between many within the pack saw a Mercedes AMG GT4 grind to a halt at the top of the hill with a blue #6 Aston Martin of Tom Wood slowly traversing the circuit with obviously deranged front suspension. Safety Car for the debris field and a sad and obvious retirement for the Derbyshire racer.

Good starts from the Astons to the front of the grid saw Leroux hang on to P3 overall for all of his stint as a mistake from Hantke saw him go off track and drop well done the order as a result with damage to his car. 


Cycling through the midway pits stops, and it was the Prosport team who blinked first bringing in their #24 from P7 ahead of the others in the hope of finding track position for Sasse but quickly followed by the rest.

The #97 Holzem car would suffer brake issues as the race progressed as lap after lap the #97 would lock its front wheels eventually leading to its retirement from the race but by the end of the race, the #007 crew would deserve their P2 overall and P1 in Junior Class finish with the #69 Dontjie/Dorr car eventually settling from where they started in P7. The #24 Prosport car would finish P10, the #95 Connor Primm/Hantke car would recover to P16 and the #48 Prosport car would indeed earn their first Trophy Class podium in P21 – P3 in class!!


For Sundays second race of the weekend, it was the #95 of Connor Primm who stole the headlines by claiming overall pole position ahead of the #007 car in P3 and the #6 Racing One car of McKay in P6 as the Dorr brothers ended the round 1-2 in the overall championship standings with their respective co-drivers.

This time a clean start and opening laps of the second race saw Connor Primm maintain his lead from the chasing pack just before a sizeable accident for the sister #97 car brought out the Safety Car for the first time in race 2. Then in P21, side to side contact from a KTM Cross Bow spun Sandro Holzem hard into the armco barrier on the inside to T1 to rip off a front wheel and cause further and extensive damage to their car. Thankfully the driver was OK and walked away from the wreck.


Ten minutes was lost to that incident but on the restart and it was just two corners later that the Safety Car was required again – this time for a stranded Mercedes on track having lost power after the climb to the top of the hill.

Restart number two and this time a mistake from Connor Primm surrendered his race lead as he dropped to P3 after a mistake going into the final corner and up to P2 for #007 as a result just before the pit stop window opened.

Pit stops over and an error from the #48 PROsport crew saw them visit the penalty box for the first time for undercutting pits top minimum time whilst the #007 had dropped to P3 and the #69 and #6 cars held P7 and P8 respectively.


Trouble would again visit the AMR camp as damage to the #95 car saw Hantke drop out of contention early into his sting before the #24 Prosport car was unceremoniously punted out of the race by a spinning Porsche going into T1 – was the #24 actually the cause of this having pushed the #22 car wide at the final corner is up for debate but the result was that both cars were out.

Further trouble due to damage was to befall the #007 car of Leroux who (unseen) had also damaged his cars radiators to lose power and eventually the engine with fifteen minutes still to go. Unfortunately for the race, this period then descended into near chaos as incident after incident brought out the Safety Car again as cars kept hitting each other or went off track and into the gravel.


As a result of this, the #69 Doer car of Phil Dorr and Indy Dontjie all moved up the order and claimed a warranted P2 overall whilst the #6 car of Tom Wood made up for his race 1 mistake to come home P3 as well. The #48 Prosport was the only other Aston Martin finisher in that race!!

A great race, great venue – just a little too much contact and damage!!

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Monday, May 23, 2022 | Read more...
Nola Motorsports Park - One to forget for most of the AMR runners in GT4 America

Nola Motorsports Park - One to forget for most of the AMR runners in GT4 America

 


With a couple of exceptions, this weekend’s GT4 Americas debut at the Nola Motorsports Park, Louisiana turned into an event to forget for many of the Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 teams.

Originally intended to compete at the Ozarks International Raceway, this second round of the GT4 America Series was moved to the Nola Motorsport circuit near New Orleans – a circuit unknown to most, making for an event of potential surprises!!


Unfortunately, those surprises began with the fact that the AMR Vantage GT4 simply wasn’t competitive enough around the 2.75 mile for any of the entries from GMG Racing, Flying Lizard, Heart of Racing, Zelus Motorsport Chouest Povoledo Racing and Bsport Racing teams despite an early showing on the timing screen by the #2 car of Jason Bell and Andrew Davis earlier in the proceedings.

Technical issues also blighted the preparation of some as both Chouest Povoledo cars were beset with exhaust and electrical issues that forced them to miss out on a significant amount of Practice team leading up to the weekend’s two one-hour races, but more bizarre scenes were reserved for Saturday evening’s opening race.


After Q1, the top AMR was the #15 Bsport car of Bryan Putt (shared with Kenton Koch) who had qualified P12 overall but P5 in their Pro-Am Class with the #24 Heart of Racing AMR of Gray Newell (with Ian James) just behind in P6 with the #2 car P9 in class and the #888 Zelus Am class entered car of Sean Whalen and Matt Guiver P21 overall and P7 in class. The #8 Flying Lizard car of Elias Sabo (and Andy Lee) would start from the pit lane with the #50 of Ross Chouest (with Aaron Povoledo) starting from the rear of the grid having been able to set no time in Q1.

That was however about as far as things would get after their formation lap as with storm clouds looming around the circuit, an error from Putt at the start lead to his car spearing across the start straight – collecting at least three other cars in the process to bring out an immediate Safety Car even before some had crossed the start line.


Just a few more laps behind the Safety Car and Mother Nature played her own top trump card with torrential rain and lightning descending around the circuit to bring about an immediate cessation of activities via a red flag with track action not resuming for a number of hours.

Eventually restarting in the wet behind the Safety Car again, starting drivers would complete just two further laps at race pace before the pit window was opened and allowed most to pit at the first opportunity with around half the race still to run.


Sadly, an off for the #2 GMG Aston Martin and another car just prior to their pit stop brought out another Full Course Yellow that would extend to the end of the race with Race Control ‘calling’ it with eleven minutes still remaining on the clock.

Bizarrely, the #24 Heart of Racing AMR entry would be listed as a P3 in Pro-Am finisher as that was where they finished but the #50 Chouest Povoledo car would have a 44 second post-race time penalty added to their weekend’s woes for a pitstop violation despite their P8 finish on track. The other finishes were the #8 Flying Lizard in P14 and the #888 Zelus car P24 overall.

Sunday’s race 2 continued the same theme as a fast Kenton Koch was demoted five places on the grid for Putt’s accident in race 1 meaning that the top Aston Martin runner was the #24 Heart of Racing car of James in P6.


Thankfully dry but repressively hot and humid, race 2 got underway OK this time around with Koch again making up for lost time as the Aston’s took the race to the many BMW’s as the Porsche’s had already scamped off ahead.

Posting the fastest lap of the race at that stage, a brief FCY for a stranded car allowed Koch to line up his next cars to circulate fourth overall and second in class coming up to the halfway mark whilst Davis and his #2 GMG car had moved up from last on the grid to P18 overall too!


The #24 pitted but Newell broke the minimum time requirement by two seconds meaning that he would get a drive through whilst Putt (now in the #15 car) looked to get around the #8 Flying Lizard car of Sabo in P8.

Six minutes later – and contact between the Chouest Povoledo car and the Heart of Racing car took out the #24 car with broken rear suspension, but Newell was at least able to find a place of safety to park to prevent another period of caution.


The highest Aston Martin’s were now the #8 car of Sabo P7 in Pro-Am and the #888 Zelus car of Whalen P4 in Am but that was all to change again with another inter AMR clash between the Bsport car and the Lizard car that would see both cars retire due to damage with a quarter of the race still remaining.

Despite the carnage on track, the race stayed green and that was enough for Whalen to progress his #888 car up to P3 in class by the end of the race for their first GT4 America podium. Congratulations to them.


Next race is at Virginia International Raceway in mid-June.

Photo credits – Teams / GT4 America
Monday, May 23, 2022 | Read more...
Seven AMR Vantage GT4s to race again at Red Bull Ring in ADAC GT4 Germany

Seven AMR Vantage GT4s to race again at Red Bull Ring in ADAC GT4 Germany

 


The seven Aston Martin Racing runners competing within the ADAC GT4 Germany Series complete another busy schedule of racing this weekend as they venture down to the Red Bull Ring in Austria for their second round of the series.

The opening round of the season at Oschersleben at the end of April was successful for many of these entries as that weekend’s two races produced three podium finishes between them per race with the best performances coming from both the #24 PROsport Racing and #69 Dorr Motorsport cars.


The #24 car of Mike David Ortmann and Hugo Sasse claimed a P3 and P2 in the Junior class over the weekend whilst the #69 car of Phil Dorr and Indy Dontjie went one better by claiming an overall P1 and then a P3 over that weekend.

Further podiums were also secured by the #7 Dorr car of Ben Dorr and Romain Leroux in race 1 and then an overall P2 finish for the #6 Racing One Aston Martin of Tom Wood and Euan McKay, so narrowly a race win for them in that race.


Two further Dorr Motorsport Aston Martins of Nico Hantke and Simon Connor Primm and brothers Sandro and Juliano Holzem with a further PROsport Racing car of Yevgen Sokolovskiy and Christopher Rohner complete the AMR line up going into races three and four of the season.

Photo credits – Team / ADAC
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | Read more...
Street Art Racing fly the AMR flag in GT Open and GT Open Cup at Paul Ricard

Street Art Racing fly the AMR flag in GT Open and GT Open Cup at Paul Ricard

 


The entry list for the second round of the GT Open Series from Paul Ricard this weekend is now on-line and confirms a solo driver for the sole Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3.

Having already competed at Estoril in Portugal at the beginning of May, twenty other GT3 crews are again listed upon this weekend’s entry list, this time including the #007 Street Art Racing AMR Vantage of Pascal Bachmann who will race solo for this event and possibly the remainder of the season.


Having missed the opening round due to business commitments, the former GT4 European Series Am Class Champion has tested their former Optimum Motorsport AMR at various circuits around Europe in preparation for his GT3 race debut at Le Castellet but his quest for a suitably funded co-driver has so far gone unfulfilled.

Now confirmed as competing within the Series Am class, the #007 shares a solo driver status with that of the #8 Lamborghini car within a class of eight other entries.


As usual, the GT Open Series will feature two races over the weekend with a seventy-minute race on Saturday followed by a reverse driver (where applicable) sixty-minute race on Sunday.


The GT Cup shares the weekend with the opening round of the smaller GT Open Cup Series where it is expected that Street Art Racing are again the sole AMR entry for their drivers Julian Darras and Jahid Fazal-Karim. They will also compete with a two fifty-five-minute race programme over the weekend.

That entry list has yet to be confirmed by the series

Photo credits - SAR
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | Read more...
DTM Trophy kicks off this weekend with two AMR Vantage GT4s

DTM Trophy kicks off this weekend with two AMR Vantage GT4s

 


The DTM Trophy finally kicks off its 2022 season this weekend as the GT4 grid competes at the Lausitzring to the south of Berlin.

Last season we had the PROsport Racing team compete in what turned out to be an unfortunate experience for them and their drivers which quickly resulted in them leaving the series after just a couple of rounds.


Their place this season is taken up by one of the many new teams taking up the Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 platform for the first time as Speed Monkeys Motorsport enter a pair of AMRs for their young drivers.

Like many, the series runs a two-race programme over the weekend but with only solo drivers competing within each of the twenty cars entered this season.


The team has already confirmed drivers Nick Hancke and Jacob Riegel will drive for them this year. Hancke comes with an impressive VLN/NLS track record as he moves up the racing ladder from tin tops to GT4 whilst the seventeen-year-old Riegel is still very much still at the early stages of his racing career having raced with the team within the ADAC GT4 Germany Series last year.

They will compete in the #99 and #63 car numbers respectively.


Livestreams of each of this weekend’s track sessions as available from the series social media sites.

Photo credits – Teams / Drivers
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | Read more...