Four Aston's with title hopes to battle it out at Paul Ricard this weekend

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Seven Aston Martin Racing cars have made their way down to the south of France for this weekend’s final, title deciding rounds of both the GT World Challenge Europe and GT4 European Series at Circuit Paul Ricard.

Whilst three AMR Vantage GT4’s from both the R-Motorsport and AGS Racing Teams compete in the European Series for the first time this year, the remaining two full season cars from the French AGS Events Racing team figure highly in each of the Am and Silver Cup Classes that they compete in as well as the overall Team’s Championship.

Despite leading all three Championship tables by some margin, the fifty points still available for winning each of the weekend’s two one-hour races is still more than enough for both cars to lose out at the final hurdle should events not go in their favour.

In the Am Class – team boss Nicolas Gomar and Gilles Vannelet presently lead the class on 204 pts in their #89 AMR Vantage, just 35 pts ahead of Bob Herber despite having taken nine podium finishes in the ten races so far this season and including five class wins.

In the Silver Cup Class, Valentin Hasse-Clot and Theo Nouet also lead their Championship table in their #27 AMR Vantage on 172 pts – just 24 pts ahead of their nearest rival after their seven podium finishes so far and including four class wins.

Confirming a third AGS Racing Team car today, Frenchmen Jonathon Mareschal and Fabien Baule share the #161 Am Class entered Vantage GT4 who join R-Motorsport Seb Perez and George Gamble aboard their #762 Silver Cup entry and Henrik Lyngbye-Pedersen and Markus Lungstrass aboard their #18 Am Class entry.

These cars help to make up a starting grid of just nineteen cars.

With the GT4 European Series in support, this weekend also sees the concluding round of the GT World Challenge Europe Series with their customary 1000km event (6 hours) of Le Castellet.

Full season participating team, Garage 59 return with their two AMR Vantage GT3’s after something of a ‘chalk and cheese’ affair at the last round of the series at the Total Spa 24hr. Whilst the #188 Pro-Am car of Alex West/Chris Goodwin/Jonny Adam with Maxime Martin scored a well deserved P3 finish overall, their #159 Silver Cup entry of Valentin Hasse-Clot/Andrew Watson/James Pull with Roman de Angelis became a victim of the long night with accident induced damage eventually seeing their car log up a DNF

Results from Spa leave the #188 P2 overall in Class but level on points with the leading Ferrari 488 and the #159 car P3 in Silver Cup and just seventeen points behind that class’s leading Lamborghini.

With each car reverting back to a three driver line up, Andrew Watson forgoes his WEC duties over in Bahrain this weekend for the sake of his Championship possibilities in France whilst the #188 car has been forced to lose Jonny Adam to the WEC in Bahrain as he and TF Sport go after their GTE Am World title hopes over there. His position has since been confirmed to be taken by the ultra-fast R-Motorsport and experience AMR Vantage GT3 driver Marvin Kirchhofer.

It couldn’t be any closer for any of the four Championship contending Astons!!

Photo credits – GT4 European / GTWCE / AGS / R-Motorsport / Garage 59

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