A very busy weekend next time around for nearly thirty AMR runners

Friday, April 08, 2022

Next weekend will probably be one of the busiest for Aston Martin Racing Customer and Partner teams that we can recall for a very long time.

With race series kicking off in both the UK and in mainland Europe as well as over in the USA, we expect to see something in the region of nearly THIRTY Aston Martin Vantage GTE or GT3 and/or GT4 cars on track at just five racing events.

What we do know is that the European Le Mans Series hold their annual Prologue test at Le Castellet in southern France early next week before their opening round of their 2022 season on the following weekend and that TWO AMR Vantage GTEs are entered from the TF Sport team for drivers John Hartshorne/Jonny Adam/Henrique Chaves and Ahmad Al Harthy/Sam De Haan/Marco Sorenson.

Racing in support of that series will again be the Michelin Le Mans Cup Series where we know that the ONE Bullitt Racing AMR Vantage GT3 of Stephen Pattrick and (for this round) Theo Nouet will compete for the first time as a complete new package. They also have their opening round of the season from the circuit next weekend.

Then, there is of course the opening races of the British GT Championship from Oulton Park next weekend where we recently learned of just TWO AMR Vantage GT4 entries into the full season this time around from both Newbridge Motorsport and R-Racing.

After that we get into the realms of best guesses for both the opening rounds of the FFSA GT4 Series from Nogaro in France and the GT4 America, GT America and GT World Challenge America Series as Sonoma again welcomes the three SRO America series for their opening rounds.

For the FFSA GT4 Series, we expect about NINE AMR Vantage GT4s to be entered – FOUR from the AGS Events Racing team, TWO from the Racing Spirit of Leman team, possibly TWO from the Mirage Racing team and ONE from the GPS Racing team.

Back over to Sonoma again and we hope to see ONE fully reshelled and ready for racing Ian Lacey prepared AMR Vanatge GT3 Series for both Drew Staveley and Frank Gannett in the GT World Challenge America although that is yet to be confirmed on all points.

Also with the two GT4 series, we have calculated about SEVEN AMR GT4s entered into the single driver GT America Series (second round of the season for them) as well as a further SIX AMR GT4s entered into the two driver GT4 America Series – again all unconfirmed.

Over the winter, we of course had the untimely loss of Paul Terry from our midst as well as the loss of the Dexter team to Toyota, Automatic Racing competing now within the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Seriesa and Notlad Racing still not back after the accidents of last year.

Whilst we still await the entry lists from both the FFSA GT4 Series and those from SRO America, we are sure that even with those already confirmed that there is enough of them to keep us entertained and busy!!

Photo credits - Teams / Social Media / Rob Yates

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