AMR teams all set for Brands Hatch

Saturday, August 29, 2020

With autumnal weather seemingly being the conditions of the day of late, things were left to the three Aston Martin Racing cars within the British GT Championship contingent at Brands Hatch today to bring the sunshine with three outstanding performances in both the GT3 and GT4 classes.

First time out in the Championship for the Beechdean AMR team the season, the two officially timed Free Practice sessions of the day saw drivers Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam dominate proceedings claiming the top spot of the timing screen in both. 

Likewise in GT4, the two full season entries from TF Sport continued with their (also) dominating performance in the two morning sessions with the #97 car of Jamie Caroline and Dan Vaughan stealing the limelight from teams #95 car of Patrick Kibble and Connor O'Brien.

Qualifying later today under some challenging conditions saw the GT3 cars go out first with ten minutes apiece for each of the drivers with Howard going out first and submitting a time worthy of P7 followed by Adam who placed the #7 car in P3 at the end of his stint. That equated to a P4 start on the grid at the start of tomorrows race.

In GT4, it was another thrilling encounter as first O'Brien and Vaughan went out in their respective #95 and #97 cars - topping out the order in that order . They were soon followed out by both Kibble and Caroline in the final Qualifying session of the day and it was to the be the #95 crew who again pipped their stablemates to claim their second pole position of the season so far.

Brands Hatch always creates some great inter class racing and the weather forecast appears to expect little to no rainfall although air temperatures will be low so hopefully there will be no repeat of the track conditions experienced by the teams on Friday.

Whilst the Beechdean GT3 makes a welcome return to the Championship, it obviously plays no viable part in the ongoing Championship battle, the two TF Sport GT4 cars are with the #97 Caroline/Vaughan car leading the way ahead of their sister car by just 1.5 points after the four races completed so far and they are just 8.5 points ahead of their nearest rival below them. Importantly for the race though will be the fact that due to a poorer performance by the teams two cars at the second race at Donington Park - neither car will be affected by any success time penalties during the compulsory pit stop above that of their Silver Cup grade.

Tomorrow's race begins at 13:00Hrs

Photo credits - Jacob Ebrey

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