Another busy weekend in store with Team AMR (Part 2)

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Carrying on from the five Aston Martin Racing cars expected to compete this weekend at the latest round of the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship and Michelin Pilot Challenge over at the picturesque circuit of Virginia International Raceway and at the Super GT at Suzuka, we can also expect up to another seven cars from the AMR stable to compete elsewhere in Europe.

The International GT Open Series and its supporting GT Cup Open Series make their way down to the south of France for their second round of their delayed season for two races apiece at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

TF Sport take their two race drivers Salih Yoluc and Charlie Eastwood down with their AMR Vantage GT3 for their next weekend of a triple header having raced in the opening round of the Series in Hungary two weeks ago before making their way across to Spa Francorchamps for the latest round of the World Endurance Championship last weekend. Despite their struggles at both meetings, the duo and team did come away with a P3 finish in Race 2 at the Hungaroring and a class P3 at the WEC with their AMR Vantage GTE so not all bad there!!

Never entering a race without the intention of winning it, the team continue to use  the GT3 based series to hone the skills of both drivers as they continue to build up to the 24Hours of Le Mans in just over four weeks time.

Supporting the larger GT3 races this weekend in France will again be the GT Cup Open Series for GT4 race cars where we do expect three examples of the AMR V89 Vantage GT4 to turn up from both the Team Virage and PROsport Racing stables.

Spanish based Team Virage left it till late to confirm a two car full season entry into the series including one who's young driver is part of the AMR Drivers Academy process - Robert Hefler.

Not having too many test miles under their belts by the time the team reached Hungary two weeks ago, the #77 Pro-Am entry of Hefler and Philippe Valenza did sneak away with a class podium at the end of their second race and that went went a long way of restoring confidence after an incident induced DNF in race 1. They will again be supported by the #88 Am entry of Stephane Adler and Michael Blanchemain.

These two cars will this time be joined by the PROsport Racing prepared Vantage GT4 for Nico Verdonck and Rodrigue Gillion as part of an expected two round entry for these guys in the series at both Paul Ricard and then Spa Francorchamps.

The team posted photos of themselves testing the series control Michelin tyres at Spa several weeks ago in preparation to this event having only ran in series that don't use the French brand.

Finally but certainly no means least we shall have this weekend the opening round of the French FFSA GT4 Series from Nogaro featuring amidst their expected line up of 33 cars -  all three examples  of AGS Events Racing Team's AMR Vantage GT4's.

Having switched to the British marque for the 2020 season despite winning the series last year, the team have got their GT4 European Series account off to a flying start with their two AMR's entered into that Series securing multiple podiums in both the Am and Silver Cup classes in Italy over recent weeks.

Having tested at the Nogaro Circuit in early July, the team have only recently confirmed their revised driver line up after three drivers were forced to drop out due to (presumably) the global knock on effects of the CV-19 situation.

Aboard the #161 Am Class entry will be Christophe Carriere and Didier Dumaine, the #89 Pro-Am entry will be team boss Nicolas Gomar and Mike Parisy whilst the #69 Pro-Am entry will now include Gilles Vannelet and AMR Driver Academy Akhil Rabindra.

Rabindra of course raced very successfully in the Michelin Pilot Challenge in the USA last year with the help of CSJ Motorsport and we did hope that he would go back for a full season over there but, all things considered, he and everyone else around him is probably just fortunate enough too be able to race in France this year.

Vannelet has proved his worth already in the GT4 European Series in the car he shares with Gomar and like the young Indian racer, he isn't afraid of a good fight on track with those of higher driver ranking than himself.

Photo credits - AGS Events Racing / FFSA GT4 / GT Open / GT Open Cup / Social media

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