Three Aston Martin's in joint GTWCA and IGTC race finale from Indianapolis this weekend

Tuesday, October 12, 2021


It’s another strange final round to the SRO America GT World Challenge America Series this weekend as it again interlinks in/around the entry list for the corresponding round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge Series that shall be raced at the same time around the infamous Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit.

For the GTWCA Series, the Ian Lacey Racing prepared Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT3 for drivers Frank Gannett and Drew Stavely continues with its season long sole AMR representation within the series, a series that the Pro-Am driver line up has had to learn the hard way since stepping up to the GT3 from their usual Ford Mustang GT4 at the end of last year.

Twelve one hour forty-minute races later, and the #12 car presently sits mid table amongst a list of drivers with more GT3 experience than them so even if the season stopped here – they could already be proud (although sometimes self-critical of parts maybe) of their performances so far as the season ends with a three-hour event raced in amongst that of the eight-hour IGTC race on Sunday.

Confusion with the entry list arises when the GTWCA entry list states just two drivers (Gannett and Stavely) for that three-hour race but they also appear on the entry list for the 8hr IGTC event and with a third driver – Ian Lacey.

Having checked with those Stateside, we are not aware of team boss Lacey ever driving the AMR GT3 on track yet alone in a race like the eight hour and the sudden appearance of one Valentin Hasse-Clot on the entry list for the final two one-hour races of the Sprint X Series seems just a little to co-incidental!!

We maybe wrong – probably are wrong but ……………..!!

Whatever happens with these guys, in the 8hr IGTC race we will also be seeing two Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4’s – one from the #2 GMG Racing team for drivers Jason Bell, Andrew Davis and Trent Hindman and the #09 Automatic Racing AMR for drivers Paul Kiebler, Mikel Miller and Jon Branon. Whilst the #2 crew will complete their GT America and GT4 America racing duties leading up to Sunday’s race, the Automatic crew have elected not to and to concentrate on their biggest race so far this season in their AMR.

Forty-one cars are listed as competing within the IGTC race, with 16 of those being from the GTWCA Series – all cars permitted to continue within the 8hr race is they want to as their chequered flag to their season will fall not quite at the halfway mark to the IGTC race.

Let’s see what happens here!!

Photo credits – GTWCA / CSJ Motorsport / F Lagunas / GT America
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