Another tough one for two Aston Martin runners at BECs visit to Snetterton

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Yesterday’s third round of the British Endurance Championship from Snetterton proved itself to be something of a ‘character building’ affair for two Aston Martin teams, although one would still come out on top by the end of that three-hour race.

Going into this weekend at the head of Championship table, the #68 Team Brit crew of Andy Tucker and Luke Pound had high hopes after their consistency in results from the previous rounds at both Oulton Park and Silverstone.

Having qualified towards the rear of both the combined grid and their respective class for yesterday’s race, the older normally aspirated generation of the AMR Vantage GT4 unfortunately didn’t make it beyond the forty-minute mark as Tucker was forced to stop the car on the infield with engine smoke billowing from under the bonnet.

Just prior to that incident, the #6 Aston Martin Vulcan of Stephen Tomkins had also been off track and possibly into the barrier as the car was seen to return to pit lane with tyre smoke billowing from the rear quarter.

Despite dropping track position for those repairs, the #6 car was able to recover some of those places lost before the team was adjudged to have refuelled the car under the Safety Car (something that is not allowed) and was awarded a one-minute stop and hold penalty.

Unfortunately for them and Matt George who was at the wheel at the time, a gear box issue forced the car to pit again and eventually retire from the day’s proceedings. Maybe the earlier contact had had an effect on the cars gearbox for George to lose forth gear?

That left the #50 T7 Motorsport AMR Vantage GT4 of Peter Montague and a deputising Dan Brown for the Monaco Historic Grand Prix busy Stuart Hall.

Having this time not qualified on class pole (P3 this time) it was again Gentleman driver Montague who started the race off with his turbo charged variant of the Vantage GT4 where he and former British GT racer Brown worked their way up to eventually claim P2 in class by the end of the race.

The next round of the Championship is again back at Silverstone, this time in mid-June.

Photo credits - BEC / S Jackman
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