Three AMR's again in latest rounds of IMSA and Michelin Pilot Challenge at Lime Rock this weekend

Monday, July 12, 2021


Coming along again in quick succession is the next rounds of the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship and Michelin Pilot Challenge from Lime Rock, Connecticut.

The Heart of Racing Aston Martin Racing Partner Team again feature as the sole representative of the British marque within the headline American GT championship, coming into Lime Rock on the back of a trio of podium finishes within their GTD class including a class win at Detroit just over a month ago and a brace of P3 finishes at the Championship double header at Watkins Glen.

AMR factory driver Ross Gunn continues his globe-trotting adventure, circulating between his new workload in America along with his existing racing commitments in Europe – most recently last weekend where he raced with TF Sport in both the European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup at Monza before he again flies out to the USA this week to join Roman de Angelis and team at the circuit.

This weekend’s event is another just for the GTD and GTLM cars around the compact 1.5mile track where the #23 car joins a combined grid of 3 GTLM cars and 13 other GTD cars with the 2hrs 40min race taking place on Saturday afternoon local.

Again, supporting the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship is the two class Michelin Pilot Challenge for GT4 and TCR machinery.

This series was also at the Watkins Glen double header for both a four hour and two-hour races where the #23 Notlad Racing with Rennsport 1 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 of Pat Gallagher and Steven McAleer won an extra-ordinary race in only their second IMSA event this season (after the Daytona opener in January) although sadly, there wasn’t too much to shout for from the more established, full season entries from either Volt or Automatic Racing.

Looking at this weekend’s entry, the #09 Stoner Car Care AMR is again missing from the list (they maybe racing in the next round of the World Racing League at Road Atlanta in an older generation AMR Vantage?) but the #7 Volt Racing with Archangel AMR car for drivers Alan Brynjolfsson and Trent Hindman is again there and so is the #23 Notlad car again with the same driver line up as Matt Dalton continues with his rehabilitation after his accident at Virginia International Raceway back in early June.

These two Aston’s feature in a GS grid of 22 cars that will also be joined by a further contingent of 14 TCR cars. Their customary two-hour race will also be conducted on Saturday ahead of the GTLM/GTD IMSA race.

Photo credits – IMSA / Teams
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