Track action continues for TeamAMR

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hitting the midway point for many series, the week has seen continued track activity from both Aston Martin Racing factory and its customer teams as they all strive for perfection in their class.

Following on from their great GTE Pro and GTE Am podiums at the World Endurance Championship last weekend, part of the factory team have since transferred to the Autodromo Nazionale Monza for two days of tyre development testing with Dunlop and their other WEC Partner teams. It is thought that all four drivers shared the testing workload between them.

This week has also seen a number of British GT teams testing at Snetterton in readiness for the penultimate round of the championship there early next month. Yesterday saw both of the TF Sport V12 Vantage GT3's participate at the test with their full driver line ups together with the JWB V8 Vantage GT4 of Jake Giddings and Kieran Griffin and the PFL Motorsport Vantage GT3 of Peter Littler and Jody Fannin.

Having shaken the car down at the circuit only last Friday the PFL team would have been hoping that their misfortune with their post Silverstone 500 paddock incident and the missing out of the next round at Spa Francorchamps was well behind them but unfortunately social media messages from Fannin painted an unfortunate picture.

Gear box issues yesterday restricted the team to just a mornings worth of productive work and considering the amount of damage the car is supposed to have sustained in the incident (bordering a six figure sum of money) it is clear that the team will be hard pressed to sort all these problems out in time for Snetterton proper.

Two separate items of news from Beechdean AMR this week have however have also confirmed the omission of their #1 V12 Vantage GT3 from the Snetterton event and also (today) the immediate withdrawal from the team and series of the #407 car's Jordan Albert citing 'unavoidable circumstances beyond his control'. This has resulted in Ross Gunn now returning to his old championship winning car by pairing with the remaining Jack Bartholomew in the GT4 for the Snetterton meeting.

Over at Spa Francorchamps the sole Aston Martin Racing entry into the Blancpain Spa 24Hours has seen the Oman Racing entry of Ahmad Al Harthy, Devon Modell, Jonny Adam and Darren Turner (when he arrives at the circuit later this week) partake in the customer car and driver parade through the local town in readiness for this weekends race.

Also on hand for todays parade (although not racing) was Street Art Racing's freshly liveried and race winning 2016 V8 Vantage GT4 - what a stunner that is…..!

Photo credits - SAR / Richard Leach / Jonny Adam / Blancpain / Marco Sorensen

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