As the GT3's struggled - the GT4's rejoiced with multiple podium success around the world

Monday, February 13, 2023


Whilst their GT3 cousins were struggling it out in Dubai, the Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 powered teams were again lording it up in both Spain and North America securing multiple class podiums in their chosen pre-season race formats.

Over at the Homestead circuit in Florida had the three new AMR Vantage GT4 crews from the TLM Racing stable take on the opening round of the FARA USA Series as they make the switch from both Porsche and BMW powered machinery to the full GT4 specification Vantage that they are all scheduled to race later within the World Racing League Series.

Featuring to brand new and a former Bsport Racing chassis, the brightly coloured #888 car of father/son line up of Brian and Zang O’Shaughnessy, the #453 car of Jaiden Beckman and Scott Blind as well as the #72 car of Jim Hamman dominate the MP-2a class within the meetings three half hour sprint races as well as Sunday hour long feature race.

A class win, P2 and P4 on Saturday was continued with another P1/P2P4 and P1/P2/DNF over Sunday morning before rounding off their AMR racing debut with another P1/P2 and P4 finish within the final Miami 500 event.

These results should hold all in good stead as they move ahead to the WRL with an expected arrival at Barber in early March.

That success was somewhat matched in southern Europe too as the German based Prosport Racing team finally ventured into what was the third round of the GT Winter Series from Jerez in Spain at the weekend.

Featuring three AMR Vantage GT4’s and some new drivers it was reigning ADAC GT4 Germany Champion Mike David Ortmann who opening the podium haul with a class win in race 1 followed by a debut Aston podium for Irishman Alex Denning in second and a P4 placement for Gabriel Jilkova.

Not quite the same success for race 2 as fellow AMR debutant Charles Clark claimed another P2 podium within the #250 that he shared with Denning before both made it a clean sweep of P2 class finishes in the final endurance race of the weekend.

Yevgen Sokolovskiy aboard the #48 car with Ortmann and Celia Martin aboard the #310 car with Jilkova and Thilo Goos running as a solo driver within the Mucke Motorsport #700 AMR competed the Vantage GT4 crews competing amongst the multi class discipline.

Next round of the series is this coming weekend from Valencia.

Photo credits – GT Winter Series / Social Media


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