Looking forward to this weekends bananza of motor racing

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

After having the second round of the VLN Series snowed off earlier this month, round three takes place this weekend and features names already announced by Aston Martin Racing as featuring in this years factory plans for the forthcoming ADAC Zurich 24H race later in June.

As part of the two car factory supported GT4 entry effort into the big race sees that likes of newly recruited AMR Junior driver Jamie Chadwick pairing up once again with the Nordschleife guru that is Peter Cate in an AMR Performance Centre prepared Vantage GT4 in the SP8T class. They will be joined this weekend by both Chris Goodwin and Christian Gebhardt in the #156 car.

Also competing at the VLN3 event on Saturday will see the return of both Martin Brundle and Alex West aboard the #150 AMR Performance Centre GT4 in the SP8 class as both of these drivers make their way to a full GT3 Nordschleife Permit in time for June. Both drivers missed out on the weather effected VLN2 by virtue of their prior commitments in both F1 and Blancpain GT respectively.

Rounding off the trio of cars sees the return of both Marco Muller and Tony Richards again in the Vantage GT8 that they (with others) shall also race at the N24.

The ADAC GT Masters Series finally gets under this weekend from the 3.6km circuit at Oschersleben in central Germany.

Two AMR Vantage GT3's from the PROsport Performance team will be entered into the series and will compete under the PROpeak Performance banner. Their four driver line up will consist of AMR Factory driver Maxime Martin with Daniel Keilwitz as well as drivers new to the series in Hugo de Sadeleer and Valentin Hasse-Clot for their two opening races on Saturday and Sunday.

That series in in turn supported by the ADAC GT4 Germany series within which again we will see see the PROpeak Performance team enter two AMR Vantage GT4's as a third stage to a hectic schedule of GT4 racing of theirs in this and the GT4 European Series and 24H Series as well.

Drivers Florian Thoma pairs with Jeremy Lesoudier and Joonas Lappalainen pairs with Joerg Viebahn.

The International GT Open Championship opens its 2019 account this weekend with the first of a series of seven double header weekends starting at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France.

Returning to the Championship will again be the Optimum Motorsport pairing of Ollie Wilkinson and Bradley Ellis this time in their new Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 that they raced so will in at the opening rounds of the British GT Championship from Oulton Park last weekend finishing with a P3 overall podium in race 1.

The duo have already tested at the circuit at the official winter test there back in February but that was early doors for them having only just received the car from the Prodrive factory. Despite that, they still finished seventh quickest at the end of the first day of testing.

After an emphatic win at the opening five hour endurance round from Suzuka, Japanese based D'Station AMR Racing return to the Pirelli Super Taikyu Series for its second round from the Sugo Circuit in the north of the country.

Local drivers Satoshi Hoshino and Tsubasa Kondo are once again due to be joined by AMR factory driver Darren Turner for the shorter three hour race aboard the teams #777 AMR Vantage GT3 (ST-X) class car on Sunday.

Thats another hectic schedule of #TeamAMR racing from around the world - good luck to you all!

Photo credits - AMR / D'Station AMR / Optimum / Prosport

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