An army of two Aston Martin's at the WEC support programme at Spa

Thursday, August 13, 2020

This weekends return to racing for the FIA World Endurance Championship from Spa Francorchamps should have had at least half a dozen more Aston Martin race cars on track over the total race programme of events than the four full season entries for the WEC.

Yet again, restrictions on travel imposed at national level because of levels of positive COVID-19 cases effectively put on the emergency brakes as those returning from Belgium now had to self isolate for two weeks upon their return to the UK. With so many of the Aston Martin Masters Endurance legends and Britcar entries on the WEC support race package coming from the UK, that late news from the UK Government all but wiped out the support race programme to just within the Sports Prototype Cup race.

Whilst ten out of the thirteen entries are from the one make Revolution A-One class, the owner/drivers of one Aston Martin and one Aston Martin Racing race cars  have made the trip over to Belgium so that they can either make their motor racing audition at the historic circuit or return to a former venue of victory with their respective cars.

Gleb Stepanov and Stephen Tomkins take their Aston Martin Lagonda Vulcan to the circuit for the first time. Original converted to road specification by the RML Group to be the then sole road legal Vulcan, the car has since been revised up to AMR Pro specification and has been raced by the duo and others in events such as AMOC, Gumball 3000 and the AMR Festival at Le Mans.

Joining them from the Aston Martin Racing side of the family is 2019 British GT GT3 Champion Graham Davidson who takes his older, morally aspirated V12 Vantage GT3 back over to Spa, the scene of his maiden British GT Championship victory alongside AMR works driver Maxime Martin just over two years ago.

Not quite the same livery as back then and being joined this weekend by Porsche Carrera Cup racer Graeme Mundy behind the wheel, the Scotsman's necessity to withdraw from this year title defence will make that taste of withdrawal just that little bit less bitter in the end if he does well at the weekend (hopefully)!

Photo credits - Spa Francorchamps / social media
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