GPR enter BRCC with Aston Martin Vantage GT4

Saturday, March 02, 2013

During the past years, the GPR outfit has become one of the main references on the Belgian motor racing scene. 2013 should confirm this position.

GPR team principal Pino Sperlinga was for many years an avid Porsche fan. However, at the end of the 2011 season he fell in love with the “very British” Aston Martins. During the past BRCC Championship, GPR’s DBRS9 GT3 with MichaĆ«l Schmetz at the wheel, was a regular frontrunner in Sprint as well as in Endurance. The other GPR Aston, a Vantage GT4, was a regular entry last year and Sperlinga was already more than happy to announce this car’s entry in the 2013 BRCC edition.

“Albert Bloem, the car’s owner, will definitely enter the Aston Martin  in the BRCC Endurance series,” says a delighted Sperlinga. “This gentleman driver, in the purest meaning of the word, is still looking for a co-driver to share the wheel of the car during these Endurance meetings. There is a big chance that the car will also be entered in the Sprint races. The car has been fitted with the latest developments straight from the Aston Martin factories in the UK, and with a V8 4,7l 425 bhp engine under its bonnet, I’m sure it will be a major contender in the battle for both championships !”

During the course of the recent weeks, it has become clear that the BRCC 2013 Sporting Rules offer a huge chance to cars competing in the GT Light class - mainly GT4’s – to gun for outright victory in both championships (Sprint and Endurance). In the Sprint series, these cars will definitely be in front, and with the specific Endurance sporting rules – a certain number of obligatory pit stops per class – it is clear that the Astons have their chance to finish very high on the BRCC leader boards.

Besides the Vantage GT4, GPR Racing has a GT3 version waiting for action. This car took part in the Blancpain Endurance Series and in the GT Open competition with some fine results. Needless to say that Pino is very anxious to enter this car in the BRCC. “Considering the enormous possibilities of this racer I’m sure this Vantage will do extremely well in the BRCC. Furthermore, the car has an enormous “appeal” value and is very popular with the fans. I’m still looking for drivers and I am sure that they will not be disappointed !

Image: Richard Leach
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