A job well done for Aston Martin Racing teams in GT Open

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Aston Martin Racing Customer teams TF Sport and Aston Martin Brussels Racing have this weekend come away with two class podiums each from the two GT Open races at Spa Francorchamps.

In the GT-Pro category AMR Brussels Racing car of Tim Verbergt and Michael Schmitz was being dubbed a 'red devil' prior to the meeting and the local drivers clearly lived up to that name tag, being easily able to take the race to the series favourites during the Saturday and Sundays races despite some variable weather conditions over the weekend.

Race 1 the Belgium team secured a third place finish whilst in Race 2 they improved this to a P2 finish with the fastest lap with only the Teo Martin McLaren 650S of series regulars of Miguel Ramos and Alvaro Parente thwarting their efforts.

Making the trip over the channel with Surrey based TF Sport were Von Ryan's McLaren 650S British GT pairing of Euan Hankey and Salih Yoluc, driving one of the team's V12 Vantage GT3 for the first time.

The start of Race 1 was dry for Hankey which allowed him to settle himself into the car and race his immediate competitors. By the time the compulsory pit stops came about the 'traditional' Spa rain had arrived making for some very trying driving conditions for the more inexperienced Yoluc who, despite a spin brought the car home in P1 partly aided by the failings of others.

Race 2 was much the same except for absence of any falling precipitation. Keeping himself out of trouble on the initially greasy track Yolic was the first in class to pit giving Hankey the maximum possible time in the car for him to secure their second top step finish of the weekend.

Great job by all

Photo credits - Int GT Open

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