Beechdean AMR Rock British GT with GT4 Win and GT3 Podium

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Beechdean Aston Martin Racing (AMR) claimed a GT4 class victory and GT3 podium position at the second round of the 2016 British GT Championship at the Rockingham Motor speedway.

Beechdean AMR GT4 drivers Jack Bartholomew and Jordan Albert put in an impressive display over the course of the 2 hour endurance race to rise from fifth on the grid to an eventual second. However following a post-race steward’s enquiry, the winners were excluded from the race for an on track infringement, promoting the #407 “Baby Beechdean” to its first class victory of the season.

“Coming second was great, but when I heard we had been promoted to the win, I was pretty ecstatic,” commented Albert. “I thoroughly enjoyed the race.”

Bartholomew Added, “This is an amazing way to end round 2, everything seemed to fall in to place for us and by staying consistent and out of trouble we managed to make up places and be where we needed to be when it counted. Hopefully we will continue to fight for podiums in the future.”

Andrew Howard and Ross Gunn had another competitive showing in the Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3, clinching their first podium of the season. Howard was on the receiving end of contact on the first lap that pushed him into the midfield from his second row start, but recovered to hand the #1 car to Gunn in fifth. Gunn was able chase down the competitors ahead, eventually finished a close third.

Reigning British GT3 Champion Andrew Howard said, “It’s always disappointing to have a damaged car so early in a race, I still don’t understand why people feel they can win a race in the first few corners. The car was difficult to drive but stable enough to maintain a midfield pace.”

“We scored some great points today!” stated Gunn. “The pace in the race was competitive. Our performance was encouraging considering this is one of our weakest circuits. Andrew did well to recover from the earlier contact, and I was happy to be challenging the guys in front at the end.”

British GT returns to the picturesque Oulton Park International Circuit on 28th-30th May for the championships first of two double headers.

Source material - Beechdean AMR
Photo credits - Jacob Ebrey
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