CHAMPIONS in GT4 European Series for Street Art Racing

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Belgium based Aston Martin Racing customer team, Street Art Racing left things to the last race of the season from the Nurburgring today before finally claiming the Am class title for drivers Clement Seyler and Pascal Bachmann.

After ten previous races that normally saw the young Luxembourg racer Seyler and Swiss racer Bachmann on one step of the GT4 European Series podium, the duo left it to racing a very calculated percentage race in Sundays finale after suffering from some overheating issues with their #17 Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4 to finish P6 in class and to claim the ultimate prize by twenty points.

Many congratulations to them and to the team who secured their first Championship accolade in GT4 European Series since 2016.

The final event of the season was to be sadly reduced to a none event for the six AMR Vantages from the Street Art Racing, Prosport Performance or Academy Motorsport teams as they could never truly compete with the best of the rest due to a recent balance of performance change from the governing SRO but then, other than the #17 SAR car nobody was in a Championship contending position anyway.

The new David Ortmann/Alex Mies partnership aboard the #19 Prosport car showed some great potential on track, especially in race two even with the BoP situation with the finishing P6 at the end. Team regulars David Griessner and Akhil Rabindra would Qualify the highest of the AMR runners for each race but a power steering issue and a drive through pit stop penalty would scupper both races for them to finish off the season on something of a whimper.

It was another horrid experience for the Academy team after technical issues blighted track time for their #61 car of Tom Wood and Micah Stanley (Fiona James again absent) in Free Practice before further issues hit them in race one. In their sister #62 car, Will Moore elected to withdraw from the meeting (don't know why) so his place alongside the very capable driver Matt Cowley was taken by Finlay Hutchinson who has raced with the team before and was available at the circuit anyway with his commitment to the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe Series.

Either way, that change of scenery within the car didn't pay off for the Worcester based team as mechanical issues of their own in race one resulted in an early DNF but they did finish the year off with a P18.

A sad end really to the Silver Cup and Pro-Am class challenges from the teams that indicated so much in the opening races but with the new cars arriving late from Prodrive to the teams (and some being damaged at the opening round at Monza needing factory repair) they were always on the back foot. We hope that young and very talented drivers like those who raced with Prosport, Academy and Street Art Racing will be back again next year in what is truly the most competitive GT4 series there is.

And thank you to the Series for again providing another season that went all the way - it was great and see you again next season where hopefully the AMR guys can go one or two better!

Photo credits - GT4 European

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