Heart of Racing and D'Station Racing secure podiums in IMSA and Super Taikyu Rounds this weekend

Sunday, June 05, 2022

Double podium delight for two Aston Martin Racing Partner teams last night and early this morning as both the Heart of Racing and D’Station Racing crews brought back the silverware in their respective rounds of the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship and Super Taikyu Series.

Reunited for this event only, had the #27 Heart of Racing AMR Vantage GTD being driven for the final time around the Belle Isle circuit in Detroit by car regular Roman de Angelis and his last year’s Sprint Cup co-champion, Ross Gunn.

With the young Canadian Qualifying the car in second place within the grid of just ten GTD cars and six DPi’s, a quick start from De Angelis saw him take an early class lead from the #17 Lexus which he would hold until he pitted just before the halfway.

Two super quick in-laps from the #17 car however, saw them leapfrog Gunn out of pit lane to the tune of about 3.5 seconds but Gunn being Gunn, he was having none of it and chased the #17 car down to be onto its rear with just twenty odd minutes to go.

Sadly for the crew of the #27, the was to be no opportunity for Gunn to Challenge for the lead as the passing DPi leaders thwarted the remaining possibility with track position but this was still after all, the #27 cars first podium finish of the year so not all bad.

In a similar vein but over at the Fuji International Speedway in Japan had the #47 D’Station Racing team competing in the second round of their domestic Super Taikyu Series, this time with their annual 24-hour race at the circuit.

Sporting this year an Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT8R in lieu of their GT4, the team had already had podium success in their first outing in the car at Suzuka where they secured a race debut P3 in class.

This time featuring a 24-hour specific extended driver line up of Max Orido, Tsubasa Kondo, Kenji Hama, Kosuke Matsuura and Australian Jake Parsons, the #47 Qualified second within their SP1 class and extended that run of form throughout the race to finish it in fifth overall, second in class and just two laps behind the class winning KTM.

The next round of the series will be at Sugo in early July where the teams AMR Vantage GT3 crew will again sadly be absent due to their WEC commitments that weekend at Monza.

Photo credits – AMR / D’Station

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