Despite the time of year this weekend is another busy one for Team AMR

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

With so many national and European race series having already come to an end you would have thought that this year's motor racing season was coming to another natural conclusion for the year, but in fact this weekend is just as busy as another other in the year (and will be for the next few weeks) as many members of the #TeamAMR family will be striving for success around the world.

Firstly, the China GT Championship's penultimate round in the more central Chinese city of Wuhan is already underway with a mid week fixture around its street circuit as China Equity AMR look to strengthen their slender four point GT4 championship lead over the chasing pack with just four races remaining.

In a slight change to the driver line up, Stanley Yang takes his seat back again behind the wheel of the  team's championship leading #618 car and will with freshly crowned British GT GT4 Champion Jack Mitchell as Ryan Liu takes a 'back seat'. The team's #619 car will again be driven by David Pun and Will O'Brien.

We understand from race organisers that there will be NO live stream of either race over their social media channels which is a great shame!

With huge significance for the Aston Martin Racing team, Saturday sees the first competitive race entry for its yet to be homologated V8 Vantage GT3 at the penultimate round of the German VLN Series from the Nordschleife. Entering its final and critical phase of development, the demands of the Green Hell will be used to finely tune the new GT3 platform ahead of its official homlogation date of early March 2019 but which time many new cars will have already been supplied to the first bunch of customer teams.

AMR factory drivers Darren Turner and Maxime Martin will get the honour of driving the #56 car in Saturday's four hour race and that will be after Martin and Jonny Adam have finished with it after a further two day test at the Circuit de Catalunya this week. You will recall that AMR test and WEC reserve driver Ross Gunn had the overall honour of launching the new car onto the world stage by 'coming first' in the Aston Martin Racing Festival race at Le Mans in June although then the car was  more a of GTE than a GT3.

Supporting the factory effort in the new GT3 and launching their own pathways through to the all important VLN GT3 Permit aboard one of the AMR Performance Centre's Vantage #150 GT4 will be Ross Gunn competing alongside AML development driver Chris Goodwin in what we believe may be his first public racing experience with Aston Martin?

Long term AMR Performance Centre customer Jurgen Kroner will again peddle his wares around the circuit in the Centre's Vantage S car alongside Marco Muller and a double stinting Turner in the AMR Performance centre #144 Vantage S.

Full season entry from Avia Racing will again be back with their #188 Vantage GT4, presumably desperate to overcome their recent run of bad luck with two DNF's and most latterly a DNS after a season that started so well for them.

Back in the UK, the Dunlop sponsored Britcar Championships hold their penultimate round of the season at Silverstone with just Chris Murphy and his Whitebridge AMR holding the flag for the marque with the EDF Motorsport prepared Vantage GT4 of Mal Sandford again sitting the round out after something of a mixed bag last time out at Snetterton.

Finally in club racing, the Aston Martin Owners Club also have their final round of the season at Silverstone alongside Britcar. It was hoped that Gleb Stepanov's Aston Martin Vulcan could have been there again after it wowed the crowd last time out at Snetterton but now we understand that following an extended run out at both the Best of Italy Festival and then a private Aston Martin Vulcan customer test at Vallelunga the other week, that has now put pay to that possibility sadly.

And at Snetterton 22GT Racing will be along with one of their V8 Vantage GT4's that they helped run at the Aston Martin Racing Festival At Le Mans in the 750MC event on Saturday.

Photo credits - EDF Motorsport / AMOC / AML / China GT

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