Various more Aston Martin Racing teams hitting the tracks ahead of their 2022 seasons

Wednesday, February 16, 2022


Picking up on a few ‘leftovers’ from the weekend and a few more from this week, we have seen a steady stream of news flow from various new, existing and indeed returning Aston Martin Racing Customer and Partner teams.

So in no particular order - last weekend had the German based Racing One team continue with their winter preparations ahead of their expected multiple European and German based GT4 programmes down at Jerez in Portugal where another visit to the GT Winter Series at the circuit saw off a progressive week of testing for their two available AMR Vantage GT4’s.

The two shorter sprint races proved useful for their AMR convertee Moritz Gisy with two P2 finishes in class with a further P3 in class after the longer endurance rounds. That success went alongside class pole position for Markus Lungstrass in the first sprint race before handing the #18 back to Henrick Lyngbye-Pederson for race 2 and then with both in race 3 where they finished P2 in class.

Neither anything to shout home about considering the multi-class opposition but good early race mileage non the less.

Yesterday we saw a further confirmation from the Belgium based Street Art Racing team of their AMR Vantage GT3 entry into the 2022 International GT Open Series alongside that of their previously announced AMR entry into the parallel GT Open Cup Series.

Where the release featured mainly around the return of their ‘Art’ cars for their new GT3 entry, it failed to identify the driver line up for the series that Estoril at the beginning of May.

Also down in southern Europe this week was the Bullitt Racing team again with their new AMR Vantage GT3 that looks set to be running within the ACO rules Le Mans Cup Series this year.

This time at Portimao, the Spanish based team enjoyed the knowledge and guidance of Valentin Hasse-Clot who led drivers Stephen Pattrick and Romain Monti around the Portuguese circuit for what should have been a full two day test before some untimely rain and a certainly unwanted off for one, prematurely ended that test.

Next weekend sees the opening round of the GT America Series around the street circuit of St Petersburg, and it was certainly timely news this week to learn of the return to the AMR family of the Flying Lizard team as their new drivers Andy Lee an Elias Sabo will feature in both the single bronze driver GT America Series and the dual driver GT4 America Series that starts later next month.

Whilst we still await the official entry list for the two forty-minute races around St Pete’s for the GT America Series, we do expect the AMR line up to have grown from the two cars of GMG Racing for the 2021 GT America Drivers Champion Jason Bell and the Heart of Racing for Gray Newell last season to as many as six Vantage GT4’s.

Finally, having ended their inaugural season with an AMR Vantage GT3 in the GT World Challenge America Series with a hefty off, the Frank Gannett/Drew Staveley driven Ian Lacey Racing prepared car is presently under a state of full rebuild for what is hoped to be a second season for the team and crew in the series.

Having taken delivery of a new tub from Prodrive in the UK, that leaves them the ‘small job’ of rebuilding the car back up from scratch in time for some pre-season testing and the first round of the GTWCA Series from Sonoma in mid-April.

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