This weeks news in brief

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Depending upon which side of the pond you are, this week saw/or will see continued testing prior to the European racing season commencing whilst over in America was the start of another national GT series - the Pirelli World Challenge.

Back in Italy, Solaris AMR have been literally picking up the pieces of the Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3 that was strewn across the Paul Ricard circuit following Francesco Sini's sizeable accident whilst winter testing for the International GT Open Championship.

From the photo shown above the car has now been stripped back to its central components but having spoken briefly with the team last week we understand that it may still be 50:50 whether or not the tub and engine are a complete write off. They now have just under six weeks to effect the necessary repairs and/or obtain a spare chassis in time for the season opener in Estoril, Portugal at the end of April.

The TF Sport prepared V12 Vantage GT3 of Oman Racing make their first preparatory steps into this years Blancpain GT Series by attending the official series two day test at Paul Ricard starting tomorrow. The #46 Pro-Am entered car will this year be driven by just Ahmad Al Harthy and Jonny Adam and will join an incredible 49 other entrants at the event.

Over in St Petersburg, Florida this weekend was the start of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge series with just two V12 Vantage's entered - one by The Racers Group in the GT class for local man James Davison (one off entry) and the De La Torre full season entry in the GTA class for team owner/driver Jorge De La Torre.

Qualifying in sixth for race 1, TRG-AMR returnee Davison secured a resounding P2 behind race winner and 2016 champion Alvaro Parente in the K-Pax McLaren whilst De La Torre would finish down in P20 overall.

Worse was to come out in the Race 2 for both cars despite a starting position of P8 and P22 for Davison and De La Torre respectively finishing again way down the finishing a number of laps down after both cars appeared to have issues on the opening lap. The #007 was nudged into a spin on turn one, lap one but despite a sizeable recovery drive from Davison that took him back up to P7 a technical glitch would sideline the car with just ten or so minutes remaining.

Photo credits - PWC / Solaris / DLT

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