Catching up on the news of last weekend and into this week

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

With international track action now coming in thick and fast with many series around the world trying to start off the remnants of the revised 2020 calendars, there is just enough time to finish off news of last weekends events involving some of Aston Martin Racing customer teams.

Snetterton was the venue for last weekends opening four races of the GT Cup Championship with Chris Murphy's Whitebridge team again in attendance furnishing both himself and new race partner Steve Birt with a 2016 normally aspirated V8 Vantage GT4.

Despite a deficiency on pre-season testing on what they would normally have done seemed not to have affected the guys too badly with Murphy claiming a P3 position in the shorter first race and then a joint P3 finish with Birt in the final endurance race of the meeting.

It was great to see long term AMR racers Chris Kemp and Stuart Hall also at the meeting, but things didn't go too well for these guys despite a P3 podium in the first endurance race on Saturday as the cars beautiful engine expired on them during the third race on Sunday.

There was a similar tail for the #176 PROsport Racing AMR Vantage GT4 competing in the Nurburgring Langstrecken Serie (VLN of old) double header at the weekend.

Drivers Guido Dumeray and Alex Walker went racing alone for these two consecutive rounds having competed in the previous round under the watchful eye of team professional Nico Verdonck. Things ran well for the team in that race before a puncture left the car stranded out on track just after the final stop.

Whilst the guys did finish Saturday's race P5 in the SP10 class and a lap down to the class winner, Sundays race wasn't so productive with the car failing to finish just before the halfway point in the four hour race.

Finally some more disappointing news for this weekend that AMR factory driver Nicki Thiim will again NOT be able to travel to Japan for this weekends opening round of the Super GT Series at Fuji with Pacific Team D'Station Racing AMR as self isolation upon arrival into the country still apply.

The replacement to drive alongside Tomonobu Fuji is yet to be confirmed.

Photo credits - Inked Hand Images / D'Station Racing / VLN
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