Wishing Matt Dalton a speedy recovery after incident at VIR yesterday

Sunday, June 06, 2021


Waking up in Europe this morning, it was sad to read of an accident during the opening round of the GT America Series from Virginia International Raceway yesterday that has left an Aston Martin Racing customer driver in hospital.

All looked good during the opening half of the ‘amateur’ driver only GT3 and GT4 class race as Jason Bell soon pushed towards a podium position aboard his #2 GMG AMR Vantage GT4 with Gray Newell in his #25 Heart of Racing and Matt Dalton in his #00 RS1 Notlad Racing AMR Vantage GT4 then battling it out in the midfield.

Despite having been delayed themselves after a serious looking accident in the preceding TC Series race, all was well as twenty cars raced around this beautiful circuit under clear blue skies and sunshine.

The specifics of this accident involving Matt Dalton remain sketchy as the TV cameras only picked up upon debris over the track just as the race was neutralised under a Full Course Caution before then being (15minutes later) red flagged.

Some photos since posted online appear show his predominantly red car impacting heavily into the safety barrier causing significant damage to the front end without appearing to show damage to the central safety cell. A statement from the Series has since been issued and (thankfully) state the following although the causation for the car to be off track in the first place remains under investigation.

This news sadly detracts from the achievement yesterday of Jason Bell after he secured for himself another P2 finish in the Series at the shortened end to this opening race of the weekend.

We wish Matt Dalton a speedy recovery

Photo credit – GT America / Team
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