Seven AMR Vantage GT4's feature in GT4 European Series penultimate round at the Nurburgring

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

As part of the eighty-six GT3 and GT4 grids mentioned yesterday expected at the next rounds of the GT world Challenge Europe Endurance Cup and its supporting GT4 European Series at the Nurburgring this weekend of course includes the six full season Aston Martin Racing Partner and Customer team entries as well as one other AMR guest car.

This time back up to full strength after the #18 Racing One entry of Henrick Lyngbye-Pedersen and Marcus Lungstrass missed out the previous round at Spa Francorchamps, sees all three AGS Events Racing AMR’s return alongside the single car entries from both Mirage Racing and Street Art Racing.

They in turn will be joined this weekend by their stablemate team from the ADAC GT4 Germany Series as brothers Ben and Phil Dorr race aboard the family Dorr Motorsport’s team #97 AMR Vantage GT4 for what is their ‘home’ event as their own domestic GT4 series is due to conclude at the circuit in early November. They will also be joined by several other teams from the ADAC series including Theo Nouet who raced with Valentin Hasse-Clot with AGS Events Racing in the series last season to clinch the Silver Cup title.

Just over a month ago since the series last pair of races in Belgium, that has given all of the teams time to strip down their cars and refettle them ahead of the series run in to the conclusion of their season in Spain later in October after something of a frantic build up to the mid-season point in more than one SRO sanctioned series.

Back at Spa and despite Tom Canning claiming the #55 Mirage team’s first series pole position (a car that he shares with Ruben del Sarte) ahead of race 2, all five crews struggled in the topsy-turvy conditions around the Ardennes circuit and failed to achieve any finishing position of note in their Silver and Am classes.

Indeed, such were the results from Spa that the highest placed AMR Silver Cup pairing of Cesar Gazeau and Konstantin Lachenauer in their #27 AGS Events car fell in the Championship table to P6 having gained only a single point from their efforts. Now being 75 points behind the leading car with a maximum of 104 points available from the remaining four races this season, they are in need of something nearing a minor miracle to take the class title come October’s finale.

The situation in the Am Class is equally as challenging as the highest placed Aston crew of the #89 AGS Events Racing Nicolas Gomar and Eric Herr sit P5 in class but also a mighty 58 points behind the leader with the same number of points remaining available to them.

The remaining crews include the #7 Street Art Racing AMR crew of Pascal Bachmann who continues to coach AMR Drivers Academy racer Paul Theysgens as the young Belgium continues along his learning curve with the support both the former Am Class champion as well as those from the Aston Martin Racing factory framework of support. 

That leaves the #45 AGS Events Racing car of Akhil Rabindra and Hugo Conde who together have something nearing a nightmare of a season so far who’s problem of being ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’ has seen them fail to finish (or start) so many races or if they did – not within the points so success for these guys would certainly go down well them.

Track action for this series starts tomorrow (Thursday) was available private testing before the more formally timed sessions on Friday with Free Practice before Saturday morning sees their two Qualifying sessions ahead of Race 1 later at 17:15hrs (local) and Race 2 on Sunday starting at 10:00Hrs (local).

Qualifying and both races will again be streamed live via the series social media channels.

Photo credits – GT4 European Series / Teams
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