Double AMR Vantage success across the world last night

Sunday, March 21, 2021


Here’s just a quick shout out to two Aston Martin Racing teams who were competing overnight on opposite sides of the world but who have returned with a podium finish for their efforts.

Over at the Sebring International Raceway saw the Heart of Racing team take part in the second round of the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship with the 12Hours of Sebring aboard their AMR Vantage GTD (GTD) around notoriously bumpy and car breaking concrete/asphalt circuit in Florida.

Roman de Angelis and Ian James were again joined by AMR factory driver Ross Gunn in yesterday’s 12-hour endurance as they started the proceedings yesterday from P9 in class. That track position soon increased to around the P3-4 which they held for much of the race circulating as little as just 10 seconds behind the class leaders.

Eventually, and under the cover of darkness, the #23 AMR Vantage eventually claimed their first podium of the season with a P3 finish.

Excellent stuff guys.

Subsequent to this excitement meanwhile saw the Japanese Super Taikyu Series hold their opening round at the rain swept Twin Ring Motegi Circuit.

Starting on the front row for their #777 AMR Vantage GT3 of Satoshi Hoshino, Tomonobu Fujii and Tsubasa Kondo as well as on class pole position for their #47 AMR Vantage GT4 of Tatsuya Hoshino, Max Orido, Takuro Shinohara and Kenji Hama as the opening five hour round started.

Quickly taking control of the race, the #777 went on to dominate a race interrupted by periods of Caution as the large multi-class field struggled in the conditions. With race just 3.5 hours old, another Safety Car procedure was called for as visibility deteriorated before ultimately the race was Red Flagged with the finishing positions called as the provisional result.

That left the #777 car claiming a provisional race win after the completed 80 laps with it’s sister GT4 car P6 in the ST-Z class having surrendered the class lead to a necessary full service stop just before the Safety Car period.

All in all – that’s a pretty good race weekend!

Photo credits – D’Station Racing / Heart of Racing / CSJ Motorsport / Super Taikyu

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