Four Astons at the penultimate IMSA round from VIR this weekend

Tuesday, August 23, 2022


It’s also back to the USA this weekend for the penultimate rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship and Michelin Pilot Challenge Series as all three Aston Martin Racing Vantage cars entered has a chance at the overall titles.

Racing this weekend at the picturesque Virginia International Raceway with only a GT grid to contend with has both the Heart of Racing AMR Vantage GTD’s of course back in action with regular drivers Alex Riberas and Ross Gunn due to be aboard their #23 GTD Pro entry with Roman De Angelis and Maxime Martin aboard their #27 GTD entry.

In a change to staged preferences, we also see the return of the #44 Magnus Racing AMR Vantage GTD of John Potter and Andy Lally for this two-hour forty-minute sprint as opposed to their preferred endurance rounds within the Championship.

After a disappointing race last time out at Road America, the #23 crew still lies P4 within the GTD Pro class, just 317 pts back from the leader whilst De Angelis sits third within his GTD class, this time just 44 points down with two races to go here at VIR and finally at Sebring.

Again, competing in support of the main IMSA event is the Michelin Pilot Challenge with this time just a sole Aston Martin from the Volt Racing team attending.

With the Stoner Car Care livered AMR Vantage GT4 again not available due to prior engagements for their driver crew and the demise of the Corsa Horizon AMR team mid season as well, it will just be the GS Championship leading crew of Alan Brynjolfsson and Trent Hindman to cheer for as they enter this round with a 220-point lead from their nearest advisories after their P2 finish last time out at Lime Rock Park.

The Michelin Pilot Challenge Series will race their usual two-hour time slot on Saturday afternoon (local) whilst the GTD runners will battle it out on Sunday.

Photo credits – Teams / Jamie Price Photo




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