Remainder of weekend's racing action

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

With track action from Donington and Shanghai already grabbing our attention from over the weekend, we also saw a further quartet of Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4's take to the track at Many-Cours, Snetterton and Laguna Seca.

Having already misidentified the drivers aboard the #144 Generation AMR SuperRacing car that took part in the fourth round of the French FFSA GT4 Championship, it was of course team principle James Appleby who returned to the drivers seat alongside regular driver Matt George in lieu of the cars normal co driver James Holder - the first time that we can recall Appleby competing in a race weekend for some time!

Despite having to jet set it across much of England and France to be at the circuit in time after some British GT testing aboard the Invictus Games Racing Jaguar GT4, the adrenalin was obviously still pumping as the #144 submitted some good lap times to Qualify 13th for the first race before finishing 7th overall on Saturday.

Issues for George in Qualifying 2 saw him start Sundays race from 15th before being further compounded during the race, and despite some strange racing lines being adopted, a lowly P34 finish (6 laps down) was the best that they could do.

EDF Motorsport returned to the Snetterton round of the Dunlop Britcar Endurance Championship on Saturday, the first race for drivers Mal Sandford and Ben Seyfried since damaging their V8 Vantage GT4 at Oulton Park in an earlier round.

During the mornings 50 minute sprint race, technical issues saw Sandford having to pit the car for another DNF in the Championship but better fortune was to be had in the day when the #10 car finished 7th overall after that two hour race.

Finally, we saw Florida based Automatic Racing be rewarded for hauling their two V8 Vantage GT4's across from one side of the USA to the other for the tenth round of the IMSA Continental Tyre Sportscar Championship from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

After the teams 'hardship' of loosing a car last time out at Road America, it was great to see the #99 car of Kris Wilson and Gary Ferrera take P7 overall after 90 minutes of running on the sun soaked track with the teams #9 car of Brandon Kidd and Rob Ecklin Jnr finishing P14 in the eighteen strong GS class of the thirty six car field.

Photo credits - FFSA / EDF Motorsport / Automatic Racing

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