Funny old week!!

Friday, October 01, 2021


It’s been a very odd sort of week or so for Aston Martin Racing and their Partner/Customer teams.

During that time we have learned of at least three new AMR based race programmes to look forward to in 2022, utilising either the Vantage GT3 or GT4 platforms – the only one that we can (will) mention is the news from earlier today and the step up to the AMR Vantage GT4 for the French based GPA Racing team ahead of next season’s FFSA GT4 and GT4 European Series with a two-car effort in both series.

One of their cars conducted a test before this weekend’s final round of the FFSA GT4 Series at Paul Ricard with Valentin Hasse-Clot behind the wheel.

Before that, we have seen the AMR racing scene in North America growing stronger almost by the race thanks to the hard work from those at CSJ Motorsport and now also in the Far East, with the work from Aston Martin Racing Asia.

With many series around the world now coming to an end for the year, it is not surprising to see teams like GPA Racing jockeying for position in the early days of their 2022 season build up and ‘hats off’ to those at the factory for facilitating such deals that grow AMR’s customer base to levels never experienced before.

As with everything in life, for every plus there is always an equal and opposite negative and that came with the closing of a significant career chapter for Aston Martin Racing’s President and Director of Special Projects at Aston Martin Lagonda, David King as he left his office for the final time this week to seeking challenges new elsewhere.

Twenty-six years we believe that he has put into the brand that we love, with varying degrees of success (and not so) along the way for which we thank him and wish him well for the future. Sadly for the business as a whole, he appears to be just another significant player within the AML/AMR framework to leave which does make us wonder about the exact desire of the new management structure to compete at the highest level of motorsport outside that of F1?

If nothing else, the success of the AMR crew around the Nordschleife last weekend to claim AMR's first overall race win was the perfect send off for such a person, who will be missed from the paddock.

For now, that commitment is solely with their Partner and Customer teams around the world and with such variation and diversity amongst them, that’s not such a bad thing after all is it??

Photo credits – AMR / GPA Racing / CSJ Motorsport 



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