GT3 and GT4 racing aplenty at the Nurburgring this weekend

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

The Nurburgring in southern Germany is the destination of choice this weekend as the SRO's family of the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup and the GT4 European Series again reunite to run another join programme of racing in what will be their second and third rounds of their respective season to date.

Again sharing this combined GT3 and GT4 programme will be the sole Aston Martin Racing teams within both Series but with one new face at least. Joining the Garage 59 team for the first time will be single seater racer of James Pull who will be joining both Valentin Hasse-Clot and Andrew Watson aboard the teams #159 Silver Cup entry whilst the teams #188 Pro-Am entry line remains the same with Alex West, Chris Goodwin and AMR factory driver Jonny Adam behind the wheel.

Putt was of course due to join the Swiss based R-Motorsport team in the same Series before the affected of the global pandemic put paid to that.

Last time out at the first round of the Series at Imola at the end of July, the #159 car came home second in class with just Hasse-Clot and Watson behind the wheel whilst the #188 car claimed the top step of their podium with two brilliant drives from both crews considering the little running that most drivers had had since the start of the lock down in March.

These two Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT3's join a further forty six cars upon the events Provisional entry list - a list that does also include a few other names normally associated with an AMR team so keep an eye out for how many of those you can spot.

This time around, the race will be a six hour marathon around the 5.1km circuit located in the Eiffel Mountains so at even at this time of year - weather could hold the key to who responds correctly and not necessarily fastest.

With private test session being available on the Thursday, officially timed sessions will not begin until the Bronze Driver test last thing on Friday with Free Practice, Pre Qualifying and then Qualifying over the course of Saturday. The start of the 6Hr race begins at 11:45hrs local.

Again supporting the GT3 side of things is the SRO's GT4 European Series who reconvene for their third round of their season so far having raced at both Imola and Misano with albeit a reduced grid to last year but with a grid still full of ability and surprises.

French team AGS Events Racing fly the flag for the AMR marque in this series with again two AMR Vantage GT4's entered into both the Silver Cup and Am Classes. Frenchman Hasse-Clot is again on double driver duties having to contend with two races in GT4 as well as his part within the 6 hour GT3 race.

He is rejoined by his fellow countryman and AMR Academy Driver Theo Nouet, a young man who certainly grabbed our attention with his race ability in the opening four races of the season, races that the pair have managed to accumulate three podium finishes out of a possible four - including one race win last time out at Misano.

They in turn will be rejoined by the team's #89 Am car of Gilles Vannelet and team boss Nicolas Gomar. Amateurs they maybe classified as but amateurs they are certainly not with two second places and a class win being the sum of their collection of silverware from the opening two rounds as well. They have also had the benefit of further race outings in the Vantage GT4 within the FFSA GT4 Series tow weeks ago.

For these guys, they again have some private testing time available on Thursday ahead of Free Practice on Friday. Saturday sees both Qualifying sessions ahead of the first one hour race on Saturday afternoon before their second and final race early on Sunday morning.

Photo credits - GT World Challenge Europe / Garage 59 / GT4 European Series / AGS Events Racing

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