Beechdean AMR ease their way back into the GT World Challenge Europe Series with some private testing at Imola today

Wednesday, March 30, 2022


Taking centre stage at this weekend’s GT racing events at Imola is of course the SRO GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup, this time featuring a grid of over fifty GT3 cars including two again from the Aston Martin Racing stable.

The long winter has of course seen the loss of the Garage 59 team to another marque after many seasons of competitive and sometimes Championship winning success with their AMR Vantage GT3’s in the series as Andrew Howard’s Beechdean AMR team now takes up the mantel for 2022 and hopefully beyond.

With a driver line up only confirmed by the team/series last week, we see a move from the Silver Cup and Pro-Am classes that Garage 59 ran to a new for 2022 Gold Cup and full Pro entry for the High Wycombe team.

Howard welcomes back young Frenchman Valentin Hasse-Clot to his team after a brief racing relationship together in British GT and he brings his talented countryman Theo Nouet to their #97 Gold Cup entered car for his first GT3 racing experience. Despite some with a younger age to another – their combined racing achievements already include multiple SRO Championship titles between them in British GT, GT4 European and FFSA GT4 Series!!

The #95 car is a full Pro line up which needs little/no introduction as Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorenson and Maxime Martin lead the pseudo factory charge for the outright Championship win this year.

For a combined deal late in the making, the drivers haven’t had much testing time between them with only the crew of the #97 car attending the Official Test at Paul Ricard a few weeks ago with the three Pro drivers otherwise busy in the World Endurance Championship’s visit to Sebring that week.

Like the GT4 European Series, they also enjoy a private testing session at the Imola circuit today before a bronze driver test on Friday, Free Practice and Pre-Qualifying on Saturday before the season opening three-hour race on Sunday.

Photo credits – Steve Jackman / Team / GTWCE
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