Double victory at Snetterton for Beechdean AMR

Monday, August 24, 2015

There was a double celebration for Beechdean AMR at the Avon Tyres British GT Snetterton Weekend.

Beechdean AMR’s GT4 drivers Ross Gunn and Jamie Chadwick secured the GT4 championship with a round to go, this leaves Beechdean AMR with back to back GT4 Titles.
The Beechdean AMR GT3, Driven by team owner Andrew Howard and Aston Martin Racing factory driver Jonny Adam, also scored a race two victory and put the Beechdean duo right back into the championship hunt.

The duo of Ross Gunn and Jamie Chadwick, who were recently invited to be a part of the 2015 BRDC rising stars programme, took to the track in style to bring the car home 5th in the first race. Rain, of biblical proportions, was not enough to deter the pairing from claiming fourth place. Jamie had moved into podium position, however, with a race being red flagged the grid is taken from the lap before, placing Ross and Jamie in fourth.

The difficult race conditions caught out many top runners but the teenage duo of Ross Gunn and Jamie Chadwick managed to keep cool heads, to bring the car home safely and increase their championship lead to 38.5 points. With only 37.5 points available in the final round at Donnington Park, the duo have done enough to be crowned the 2015 British GT4 Champions!

Not only have the pair become the 2015 Champions but they have broken records in the process. With a combined age of only 35 years, they are the youngest pairing to win a GT championship ever.

To top it off Jamie Chadwick, after recently passing her driving test and joining the BRDC, has become the first ever female British GT champion, and in the process she is the youngest driver ever to do so, at just 17 years and 95 days old, she smashes the old record by almost a year!

Last week, twenty years ago, Alan Hanson famously said “You can’t win anything with Kids”. Sunday the 23rd of August was the day that proved him wrong.

Jamie Chadwick: "Wow! It's certainly been a tough weekend, and conditions in race two were crazy to say the least. But, we came here and did what we had to do! Everyone's been brilliant, we worked through the technical problems in race 1 and Ross and I both did the best job we could without taking too many risks. I cannot thank the Beechdean AMR guys enough, and in particular our engineer Dave - this championship has been a testament to their hard work! This smile will take a while to wear off!"

Ross Gunn: “First of all, I just want to thank everyone that's been a part of this programme this year. Everyone in the team has worked so hard for this kind of result and the reward is the championship a round early. Working alongside Jamie has been awesome and made my job considerably easier during the season. It’s great for the team especially as this is a back to back title for them. I'm looking forward to going to Donington now and ending this incredible year on a high!”

Saturdays qualifying saw the 2013 British GT Champion, Andrew Howard qualify 5th in the first race and Aston Martin Factory Driver, Jonny Adam claim 2nd for the second race. The first race showed the pace of the GT3 V12 Aston Martin, with Howard quickly moving up to fourth and chasing the pack in front. Unfortunately contact with another car meant repairs had to be done bonnet and the team lost 10 seconds in the pits. Adam then re-emerged in 7th, keen to show the speed of the car, he then worked his way up to fourth.

The second race saw Adam start second on the Grid, alongside championship leader Alexander Sims. After an impressive move round the outside of Sims on turn 1, Adam moved into first convincingly. With championship contenders crashing into each other Adam and Howard had the perfect chance to close in on the title. He quickly built a 12 second lead, before handing the car over to Howard to bring it home.

Despite the driving rain creating difficult track conditions, Howard kept the car on the track with consistent lap times whilst others struggled. This meant that when it came to the red flag, the Beechdean Aston Martin V12 Vantage was in a commanding position, and claimed their Third win of the Championship. The Beechdean AMR Team has now closed the gap down to just two points. This means that there is everything to play for in the Final round of the 2015 British GT Championship at Donnington Park.

Andrew Howard: “What a weekend, firstly congratulations to Jamie and Ross on an amazing job this year. We came into the weekend hunting for points and despite some highs and lows, we feel we can now go to the last round with a lot of hope. The team were great this weekend.”

Jonny Adam: “It's the weekend we needed to help our championship. The wet weather in race 2 played into the cars wet set up and Andrew drove well just to keep it on the road with the tricky wet conditions. Thanks to everyone at Beechdean AMR and a massive congratulations to Ross and Jamie for becoming British GT4 Champions.”

Source material - Beechdean Motorsport
Photo credits - Richard Leach / Beechdean
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