Another busy weekend for AMR customer teams (Updated)

Friday, June 22, 2018

Two other racing events occupy the attention of four more Aston Martin Racing Customer Teams across Europe as the GT4 European Series resumes in Misano and well as the Dunlop Britcar Endurance Championship at Oulton Park.

All teams featuring in these two events have of course just taken part in last weekend's Aston Martin Racing Festival from Le Mans where the forty five minute race with practice and qualifying sessions proving to be quite destructive for some.

Starting at the somewhat wet Misano circuit located along the Adriatic coastline of eastern Italy, both Academy Motorsport and Street Art Racing line up their single AMR V8 Vantage GT4 apiece having had the Worcestershire based team confirm to us the parting of company with driver (Immanuel Vinke) after just the opening round in Zolder back in April.

The AMR Festival at Le Mans also proved itself to be more than a headache for team boss Matt Nichol-Jones after having had a GT4 car destroyed in an accident in Qualifying and then having another car - the Fiona James' solo entry retire from the main race after just a couple of laps with an issue with the front right corner.

With still possibly two other cars available to him within the team transporter that came across to Italy straight straight after Le Mans that should no longer be an issue for the James/Nichol-Jones pairing. Despite todays rainstorms looming, some quick early laps for Nichol-Jones left their car in P9 out of the 44 car entry in FP1 before FP2 became a complete washout!

Having thoroughly enjoyed his first solo racing experience of the Circuit de La Sarthe with a P16 in class, Australian Mal Sandford rejoins his normal Britcar driving companion Ben Seyfried with their EDF Motorsport prepared GT4 in Cheshire alongside Whitebridge AMR's Chris Murphy.

Not quite as fortunate as some, Murphy also suffered a significant frontal impact with the tyre wall at Le Mans in the car which he was sharing with fellow Britcar entry Barry McMahon for the event, leaving the car with serious front left corner damage - Murphy himself got out unaided and was otherwise OK but his car was missing a wheel!

CORRECTION - We have been told that Barry McMahon was at the wheel at the time of the crash at Le Mans - and NOT Chris Murphy.

We have also found out that Murphy has indeed bought the spare Generation AMR from James Holder as a replacement for the one that got written off earlier this year and that Murphy will be racing this car in Britcar.

Seeing that the team had already lost one of their GT4's to a testing crash before Le Mans and that they had used (borrowed or bought we don't know) one of the Generation AMR SuperRacing cars for another driver in the AMR Festival, we are presently unsure which car Murphy will be driving tomorrow? All we can see is that McMahon is not entered into the event at Oulton Park.

Britcar's two races take place on Saturday only whilst the GT4 European Series have an hour race over both Saturday and Sunday and these are both streamed live via the series website.

Photo credit - Social media (#15 car) / EDF Motorsport

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