Another sizeable AMR customer grid as GT3 and GT4 cars alike make their way to Paul Ricard

Monday, May 30, 2022

This weekend will see another busy weekend of action for the Aston Martin Racing powered teams entered into the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup Series or the GT4 European Series as both conduct their second round of their seasons down at the Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France.

Having raced first time out at Imola at the beginning of March, only a few have managed to keep their hand in at other race meetings and events, but the adrenalin left within those who competed at last weekend’s ADAC Total 24H Rennen from the Nurburgring Nordschleife may just find that once more of pace going into this weekend of racing in France.

Not in Germany in team but certainly there in driver line up sees the Beechdean AMR team return to the Endurance Cup with three Pro drivers very much disappointed with circumstance after their early exit from the N24 from a then overall race leading position. Drivers Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorenson and Maxime Martin were all part of that TF Sport effort there but swap overalls to the red, white and blue of Andrew Howards team for this 1000km race from Paul Ricard this weekend.

Joining them in the race but in their #97 Gold Cup entered car will be Howard as well as his new French duo of Valentin Hasse-Clot and Theo Nouet.

At the earlier round of Imola, the #97 car failed to finish thanks to a technical issue within the car’s gearbox halfway through Nouet’s stint whereas a mixed communication with the #95 Pro car during a Safety Car period saw them having to pit for a late ‘splash and dash’ and that saw them lose out upon a promising P2 race position at the time.

Joining them in France will again be the supporting runners and riders from the GT4 European Series and whilst no official entry list has been published, we believe there to be no reason why the eleven full season AMR Vantage GT4 teams should not be in attendance as before with maybe an exception of the #6 Racing One car.

Four crews from the Racing One team, three from the AGS Events Racing team, two from the Racing Spirit of Lemans and two from the Prosport Racing teams make up that contingent across the available Pro-Am, Silver and Am classes.

Last time out in Italy, the #10 Racing Spirit of Lemans car of Gus Bowers and Konstantin Lachenauer grabbed the headlines with an almost clean sweep of P1 Qualifying to P1 race finishing positions there with further class accolades from the #89 AGS Events Racing car of Julien Lambert and Wilfried Cazalbon in the Am class with a P3 and P1 of their own. The sister #19 Racing Spirit of Lemans car of Tom Canning and Akhil Rabindra also claimed a P2 finish at the end of Sundays second race to make for a 1-2 finish for the Series debuting Swiss team.

Last time out the #6 Racing One car of Christian Gisy and Ralf Kelleners was listed but didn’t run with Father Christian moving across to his son’s Vincent’s number #9 car instead – a car that was co-incidentally not scheduled to race at Imola!

Let’s wait to see what the entry list brings us with that!

For the remainder of the AMR powered grid, we welcome back Kenton Koch/Thijmen Nabuurs, Henrik Lyngbye Pederson/Marcus Lungstrass, Hugo Conde/Noah Andy, Tom Verdier/Ruben Del Sarte, Rodrique Gillion/Nico Verdonck, and Mike David Ortmann with Hugo Sasse – many of whom were confirmed last week as being within this year’s AMR Drivers Academy.

UPDATE - Todays entry list confirms an eleven car Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 entry as per the original full season entry announcement from the teams listed above.

Photo credits – Series / Teams








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