First season over but now wiser with it for D'Station Racing AMR

Monday, November 04, 2019

In a new season that initially promised so much for the Japanese based D'Station Racing AMR team after their changeover to the new 2019 Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT3, this weekends results from the final round of their National Super GT Series unfortunately kind of summed up the first season with the British marque.

Never being easy to pick up a new chassis and hit the track running with it but D'Station Racing tried everything that was humanly possible to get their drivers Tomonobu Fujii and JP de Oliveira up to speed including having the continued technical knowledge and experience of multiple Prodrive engineers at the races as well as the availability AMR works driver Darren Turner to help in the early weeks.

That being said, much of the team's luck in the Series had gone against them with finding themselves caught up in other peoples accidents through to both technical and tyre related issues taking the #7 car out of contention from promising track positions.

Last weekends race at the Twin Ring Motegi 250km event was the last of the season and it was hoped to at least finish on something of a high. Without knowing the exact reasons why but Qualifying for Sundays ninety minute race left the car towards the back of the twenty nine GT300 grid in P20.

Despite the dry, warm weather and the massive crowd that turned out to view the title deciding race in both the GT500 and GT300 classes, neither Fujii nor de Oliveira were able to make too much progression through the pack despite lapping more than six seconds per lap faster than the teams sister Vantage GT3 when it raced at the circuit in the Pirelli Super Taikyu Series earlier this year - such is the pace with the Super GT Series.

Finishing in P17 in Motegi, the team would finish their first domestic season with AMR down in P23 with twelve points against the class winning ARTA Honda NSX's 92.5 but now of course much wiser than before with now a full season of technical data available to them as plans are drawn up for their 2020 campaign.

From an International perspective, the team's season are also no longer yet complete following the announcement two weeks ago of their participation in the 2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series for their drivers Satoshi Hoshino, Tomonobu Fujii and AMR works driver Ross Gunn.

That series starts in Shanghai in just three weeks time.

Photo credits - D'Station

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