Gunn makes his mark as China Equity AMR excel in Shanghai

Monday, September 11, 2017

Beechdean AMR's Ross Gunn made his presence well and truly felt at the fourth round of the China GT series in Shanghai at the weekend as he returned to GT4 racing in his first ever visit to the Far East.

Flown in by Aston Martin Racing to support the China Equity AMR team, Gunn formed half of the driver line in a second AMR V8 Vantage GT4 being fielded by the team after a quiet debut in the series way back at the first round.

It took Gunn just up to Qualifying for Race 1 to shine, placing his #618 Vantage on Pole and beating the championship's more established X-Treme Motorsport KTM X-Bow by over 1.5 seconds with the team's sister #77 car claiming third to boot.

The race however would be unkind to the #618 as a spark plug issue would loose the car time in pit lane dropping them down to P4 overall at the chequered flag but at least that result earned the #618 a P2 in the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge result! The #77 car would finish P2 overall and P1 in GT4 Challenge.

The next day, and with jet lag really setting in, Gunn's #618 car again place itself on the front row for Sunday's Race but the hour race would filled with drama which would ultimately claim for half of the entire race entry. Gunn's team mate in the #618, Yang Mengqiao briefly snatched the lead from the flaming Winning Team Mclaren 570s only to collide with the X-Treme Motorsport X-Bow a few corners later in an accident that would see both cars retire. Just a couple of laps later the #77 China Equity AMR car would also come to a stop out on circuit with an undiagnosed issue.

Competing alongside China Equity AMR again were of course AMR customer team and full season entries from ZEA FEA Racing and their two V8 Vantage GT4's. Whilst both cars had a disappointing Race 1 with lowly finishes they were at least rewarded in Race 2 with a P2 and P4 places, albeit down to those ahead coming to a premature end.

The China GT Championship now moves on to the Chendu International Circuit in middle China for the penultimate round in a months time.

Photo credit - China GT / Ross Gunn
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