Surprise guest appearance at Sprint X finale at Indianapolis this weekend (Updated)

Saturday, October 09, 2021

Six Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 teams make the trip to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the final two races of the 2021 SRO GT4 America Championship this weekend.

Unfortunately for them all, two arduous rounds at both Sebring and Watkins Glen for them left all the AMR based Pro-Am and Silver Cup Championship hopefuls not in any position to continue their battle into this final round at Indianapolis with most of the Championship titles being decided by the second race at Sebring.

That leaves them all with nothing more than pride to race for and with any multi-class GT4 race these days – it will still be an exciting thing to watch!!

Looking at the twenty-one-car entry list, the #2 GMG Racing Aston Martin of Jason Bell and Andrew Davis have a very busy race weekend with entries into the two Sprint X races, the two GT America races as well as the eight-hour Intercontinental GT Challenge Race. Always a troublesome class for these guys with only one double points score so far this season – a good points haul here will be good for them.

The #15 Bsport Racing Aston of Bryan Putt and Kenton Koch had looked to be the best chance of another AMR Sprint X Champion this year and with three podium finishes later, they will still have a battle on their hands to maintain their runners up spot in the Pro-Am class by end of Sunday.

The #24 Heart of Racing AMR of Gray Newell and Ian James have certainly come of age as a GT4 team with them having collected their first podium finishes of the season at Watkins Glen. For the purpose of developing Newell from a rookie race driver to something where he is now has been a job well done by the team so they will leave the circuit on Sunday with their heads held high whatever happens.

A little bit battle weary of late, the #59 WR Racing Aston of Paul Terry and (of late) Owen Trinkler have proven that they can contend for these podiums so long as they can keep the car on the road. Like any series, consistency is the key and one too many good racing positions have again been thrown away for a move that wasn’t always there to be had. After a good first half of the season, their championship aspirations soon faltered and the car has since dropped down from where they should otherwise be but again, they have been fun to watch and support.

A debut season with drivers and car for the #062 Dexter Racing team as the family squad entered Ryan and Warren into the Silver Cup class for the first time with a car sourced from a Spanish team. A race win and a P2 in their first race weekend at Sonoma was an excellent start but that was hampered with technical issues with their car later on which meant for a double no score – something that can’t happen and still be successful in any current Silver ranked class anywhere.

The 3R Povoledo Racing Aston of Aaron Povoledo and Ross Chouest is, like the GT America entry list, absent from the final race weekend – presumably as a consequence of their accident at Sebring last time out which is a great shame if so for all concerned but we do look forward to seeing them again next season.

Again, there will be no #09 Automatic Racing entry for Paul Kiebler / Mikel Miller in this series due to their IGTC commitments in that eight-hour race.

The final member of the #TeamAMR family is the #888 Zelus Motorsport run AMR GT4 of Sean Whalen and Tigh Issac. First and last seen at the Watkins Glen round, the team sourced this car from the Rearden Racing team just in time for that round and it will be interesting to find out where (and with whom) these guys will be racing next season!

The final two races will be ran out over both Thursday and Friday!

Update - Having written all this out in preparation to this weekend events, we read a casually dropped in comment from the 2021 FFSA GT4 Silver Cup Champion that he (Valentin Hasse-Clot) will now be racing with WR Racing's Paul Terry aboard their #59 AMR Vantage GT4 in this weekends Sprint X series finale in lieu of the previously stated Owen Trinkler. 

We would imagine that there's more behind that than meets the eye!!

Photo credits – GT4 America / CSJ Motorsport / F Lagunas / Team
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