Scooby comes home to the British GT

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Its fantastic to see one of the most successful British GT GT3 teams making a welcomed return to their national GT Championship with their infamous blue and white liveried Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3.

Having taken the massive step up the GT ladder into the European Le Mans Series in 2016 and winning the GTE title in the process aboard their own AMR V8 Vantage GTE, team boss Andrew Howard and his Beechdean AMR team have elected to return to the fiery cauldron that is British GT scene with his new co-driver for the 2018 season in Darren Turner.

Winning his GT3 Championships in both 2013 and 2015 with Jonny Adam by his side, Howard spent last years ELMS season under the watchful eye of AMR factory driver Darren Turner who Howard credits for improving his racing style over the year despite the teams 'difficult' season.

Speaking with Howard last year at the launch of the new AMR Vantage GTE, he felt that the then minimum drive time for the Bronze driver was not worth the expenditure for him although that has now of course increased for the 2018 season. We understand that the main reason for the switch is the time needed of him within his rapidly expanding expanding ice cream business.

Turner joins fellow AMR factory drivers Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen who will also debut in the British GT Championship with the TF Sport team and their Gentleman drivers Derek Johnston and Mark Farmer whilst Jonny Adam who moves across from TF Sport to the Optimum Motorsport team.

For Aston Martin Racing, placing four of their six factory drivers into what is a highly competitive national GT series is a master stroke as it (a) satisfies the needs of two of their customer teams by also keeps their own drivers race ready as they enter the new drawn out beginnings of the 2018-2019 World Endurance Championship 'Super season'.

Media Day for the 2018 British GT Championship is at Donington Park on 8th March

Photo credits - Jacob Ebrey / AMR

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