A busy weekend in the Australasia arena for AMR teams old and new

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

A busy weekend ahead over in the Australasia theatre of motorsport as the GT World Challenge Australia moves onto its third round of their season at The Bend Motorsport Park but also sees the opening round of the North Island Endurance Series from New Zealand. Then on top of that, and after more than a year of nothing sees the first GT race within mainland China with all events involving at least one Aston Martin Racing Customer or Partner’s race car.

A month since their last round at Mount Panorama, the GTWC Australia Series moves onto the shorter 4.95km circuit variation of circuit at The Bend for its grid of nineteen GT3 cars that compete within the Championship Pro-Am and Am and Trophy classes.

After a double class win at Bathurst, Tony Quinn in his 2019 AMR Vantage GT3 now leads the Championships Am Class by thirty points whilst Michael Bailey got his first points on the board at Bathurst after his disastrous start in race 1 of the season at Phillip Island in his older generation V12 Vantage GT3.

Down is New Zealand, they start their first of four North Island races at Pukekohe Park Raceway before moving onto the South Islands Series later in the year.

With the absence of any official entry list, we know that the #52 Heart of Racing AMR Vantage GT3 for both Darren Kelly one of New Zealand’s latest domicile in Alex Riberas will certainly be racing again I both series to raise funds for the Starship Foundation that supports sick children and their families in the country. What we don’t know yet is whether there will be any AMR Vantage GT8R’s from the regional AMR strategic partner.

Finally, and by no means least sees the resumption of motor racing activities in mainland China this weekend for an all-new series that targets solo amateur drivers who want to race in GT2, GT3, GTC or GT4 machinery.

A few weeks ago, you will have seen that the first 2019 turbo powered AMR Vantage GT3 was imported into China and then ran at the Zhuhai circuit. That car will race for the first time this weekend at the Shanghai International Circuit in the opening round of the GT Super Sprint Challenge Series under the Uno Racing banner with David Pun behind the wheel.

Last associated with a GT4 effort with BSEM AMR in the China GT Championship, this will be Puns first race in an AMR GT3 at an event that will feature two – twenty-seven minute races. Presently, Pun’s #91 car entry features in an impressive 18 GT3 car field plus another 12 from the GTC and GT4 classes in a series that will run for five events.

Photo credits – GTWCA / HoRT / AMR Australasia / Pun
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