Confidence builder as Bullitt Racing secure race silverware at GT Winter Series finale

Monday, March 14, 2022


So it was a surprise entry (for us at least) for the Bullitt Racing Aston Martin Racing team into the final round of the GT Winter Series from the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona at the weekend.

Since taking delivery of their AMR Vantage GT3 straight after last year’s ADAC Nurburgring 24hr event, it has been a steady flow of test sessions for the team for what was originally intended to be a multi-series – multi-car 2022 season for the Stephen Pattrick owned team.

Only recently have we learned of a close in relationship between the team and previously listed professional driver Romain Monti and the arrival of AMR young driver Valentin Hasse-Clot then testing with them.

Without pre-empting the announcement to be made later this week regarding the final entry list for their 2022 Michelin Le Mans Cup Series, we understand that this outing was a final ‘live racing’ test scenario for the team ahead of the LMC season that starts at Paul Ricard in France in just over a month’s time.

Such was the weather at the weekend’s event that this would have been great practice for Gentleman driver Pattrick with the circuit changing on Sunday between almost flooded to bone dry conditions (and everything else in-between) during the course of the two – twenty-five minute races that they competed in.

Considering the track conditions during race 1, Hasse-Clot’s delivery of P3 overall (P1 in class) to overall race win was textbook for the Frenchman – getting past two faster LMP3 cars before the first corner and making full use of his traction control eventually gave him a seven second winning margin after the Safety Car punctuated race.

Pattrick was up next for the days second sprint race and having Qualified in P12 had more work to do with the Porsche Cup and GT4 cars that surrounded him on the now dry track. Obviously short on race seat time over the winter months, Pattrick wasn’t able to move along too far and would eventually finish P10 overall and P3 in class by the close.

There should have then been a forty-five minute, pit stop and driver change punctuated race to close the day but with personal reasons being cited by the team the #33 car was a non-starter.

Now we just need to wait for the official LMC announcement tomorrow for confirmation of their 2022 plans.

Photo credits – Frozenspeed / Team / GT Winter Series
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