Holloway, Johnson and Ellis claim a class second at the end of the Gulf 12Hr

Sunday, January 09, 2022

Many congratulations to the Century Motorsport team and drivers David Holloway, Piers Johnson and Bradley Ellis for ‘bringing home’ the first silverware of the year from the opening race of the 2022 season at the Gulf 12hrs last night.

Having already Qualified the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 onto the from row of the GT4 class at the start of the opening six hours of racing at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi early yesterday morning, the #15 crew did what they could and what was needed of them to ultimately finish the six plus six-hour event second in class.

With Covid having done its best again to stifle the attendance in the weeks leading up to the event, fifteen cars ultimately took part with three cars within the GT4 Class.

Despite the low numbers in class but like any race, anywhere in the world – at first you must finish to have any chance of the spoils and that was a cruel fate that eventually took its toll on their sister #42 Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 entry and ultimately left the remainder of the race as a two-car fight between the #15 Aston Martin and the #23 Greystone McLaren 570s.

In hindsight, the deciding move came way back on the very first lap of the race as the #23 car took the class lead from the Aston Martin, a position that they would only be temporally relinquished during the longer, mandatory timed stops but also with a gap between them further exacerbated by an untimely puncture for Ellis just after the halfway mark of the opening six-hour race.

As the race continued, the gap between the McLaren and the Aston proved to be too much and the #15 lost a lap to the more dominating Greystone package as the Aston eventually came home twelfth overall and second in class.

Congratulations to them all and we look forward to seeing them again in what appears to have a hinted confirmation of an entry into the British GT Championship this season?

Next stop is a short trip across the border to Dubai and the 24H Series annual 24hr event there with four Aston Martins involved this time – two Vantage GT3’s from both TF Sport and PROsport Racing with a further two AMR Vantage GT4’s from both PROsport Racing and the Heart of Racing teams.

Photo credits – Gulf 12hr / Teams

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