Possibly two Aston Martins due at opening round of the New Zealand Endurance Series?

Wednesday, September 09, 2020


It turns out that this weekends opening round of New Zealands North and South Island Endurance Series from Teretonga Park may well now feature not just the new Heart of Racing Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT3 but also a V8 Vantage GT4 from the AMR Australasia organisation.

We have already heard about the Heart of Racing's charitable tie up with the Starship Foundation over in New Zealand with their new #52 car which will operate in a way similar to that of the teams connection with the Seattle Children's Hospital and their #23 car that races in the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship in the United States.

Former National Drift Champion Darren Kelly joins the Heart of Racing IMSA driver Alex Riberas for the five round North and South Island Endurance Series that starts this weekend in Invercargil on the far southern tip of New Zealand's South Island.


The revised entry lists available today sadly show just the #52 Heart of Racing AMR Vantage GT3 in attendance this weekend amongst a now reduced entry of just 17 cars

Potentially joining these guys on the entry list for this three hour opening round amongst an expected grid of about 21 cars will be a 2019 AMR Vantage GT4 driven by the Managing Director of Aston Martin Racings new Australasia arm in New Zealand, Greg Brinck. He will be joined aboard the #111 car by Stephen Harrison.

Driving one of only three new AMR Vantage GT4's and the only new AMR Vantage GT3 that are available in the country, this event will mark a significant moment for the AMR factory concern having not had any recent marque activity within that arena of motorsport since George and Andrew Miedecke raced in the Australia GT and GT Asia Series with their V12 Vantage GT3 and with Jeremy Gray in the GT4 class of 2018.

Brinck and Harrison reunite in the series having raced an Audi tintop in it last year, winning the Class 2 title at the final round of the season.

Competing against the two Astons will be a mixed bag of GT and saloon cars ranging from a McLaren 650S and Audi R8 LMS to a Ford Mustang GT4 and Honda Integra.

Sadly, a now familiar upturn in COVID -19 infections in the country has this week meant that the event will now be held behind closed doors and with limited team personnel.

Photo credits - HoRT / AMR

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