Situation - Reality check

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Certainly the weekend of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June 2018 will never go down in the annuals of Aston Martin Racing and its customer teams as one of their best as, after weeks of ever improving success issues around the world, those running the winged marque were finally brought back down to earth with something of a bump.

There have fortunately been a couple of exceptions to that so it certainly isn't a position of immediate doom and gloom, but after previous dominant performances in series such as Blancpain GT Series, China GT Championship and the Australian Endurance Championship most of the AMR runners in these series endured a weekend to forget.

That situation has now been exaggerated with the unfortunate incidences surrounding two of Aston Martin Racings entry into the Le Mans Official Test today as the #98 GTE Am car suffered extensive damage to the underside of the car after hitting a raised kerb and with the #95 GTE Pro being extensively damaged in an inter-car collision.

Fortunately nobody has been hurt in either incident which is always the main thing - we understand that both AMR factory cars are being inspected to see if they can indeed be rebuilt with team members being dispatched back to the factory tonight for more resources in order to make the cars available for further testing at Le Mans on the Bugatti circuit this week,

The icing on the cake (for us at least here at The-Advantage anyway) came today in the form of a polite refusal from the ACO for our media accreditation request for the Le Mans event  - a refusal which is a particularly difficult pill to swallow considering the AMR Festival again supports the headline event.

How many of us will review this difficult weekend for the teams involved however, is how they recover themeslves to where they should rightly be before moving onwards and upwards and that is what we look forward to witnessing over the coming weeks and months.

We believe that this is what some 'character building"!!

Photo credits - Shannon Nationals / R-Motorsport / AMR / China GT

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