SEVEN Aston martin racing Vantage GT4s (so far) enter official test before opening round of the Michelin Pilot Challenge

Thursday, January 12, 2023


A very sizeable seven strong Aston Martin Racing powered Vantage GT4 entry graces the provisional entry list ahead of the opening official test (Roar before the 24) which lies ahead of the first round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Series that starts at Daytona International Raceway at the end of January.

Presumably building upon the successes of last years Championship winning Volt Racing crew of Alan Brynjolfsson and Trent Hindman sees the return of some familiar faces for this season as well as a number of new teams make the transmission to the Vantage chassis for what might be for them, a dual IMSA and SRO undertaking in 2023. 

In numerical order, the #09 Automatic Racing entry is now taken up by the racing crew of Tom Long (returning AMR driver) with Jim Jonsin and Brett Sandberg as they will share that car as the more established line up of Rob Ecklin and Ramin Abdolvahabi move across to the #99 throughout the year but excluding the Roar test.

Next comes the new #19 Van Der Steur Racing AMR of Rory Van der Steur, Austin McCusker and Wyatt Brichacek as has been previously announced, a trio that has only recently taken delivery of their new car for testing ahead of next weekend’s Roar before the 24-official test at the circuit. 

The #29 TR3 Racing supported car sees Paul Kiebler and Jon Branam return to the platform and series after they completed the opening rounds of the series last year with an Aston Martin before electing to swap across to the Mercedes AMG GT4 platform and then other series as the year progressed. This duo has been out testing several times already over the winter in preparation for this new season.

Moisey Uretsky and Justin Piscitell (with Michael Cooper) for this four-hour opening round complete the #44 Baby Bull Racing AMR entry after they sampled the IMSA series at the tail end of last year and will again run another IMSA/SRO split season this year. 

Next comes the two Team TGM Aston Martins of bothers Hugh and Matt Plumb within the #46 machine with team boss Ted Giovanis and Owen Trinkler aboard the #64 machine as they campaign a very busy schedule at Daytona with a GTD entry within the Rolex 24 race itself over the same weekend before resorting back to the Michelin Pilot Challenge Series for the remainder of the year.

Finally but by no means least, the #88 Archangel supported Todd Coleman and Conrad Grunewald swap over to the Aston Martin for the first time having ran (Coleman) a Toyota Supra GT4 within the GT4 America series last year as they too run a split season again this year as again has been previously announced. 

These seven cars help to make up a healthy forty-three car entry with GS again being the larger field with thirty-one entries and with the balance being made up with the twelve TCR class entries.

Photo credits - Teams
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