Success for both Aston Martin runners at BEC opener at Silverstone yesterday

Sunday, March 26, 2023


Saturday turned out to be a good day for the two Aston Martin’s that competed in the opening round of the 2023 British Endurance Championship from Silverstone.

Making use of a private testing day around the Northamptonshire circuit, the #6 Venture Innovations Aston Martin Vulcan of Gleb Stepanov and Stephen Tomkins and the #50 MKH Racing Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 of Peter Montague and Stuart Hall both came of the blocks quickly over the course of Saturday’s quick fire Free Practice, Qualifying and then three-hour race.

Despite its speed, the #6 car strangely qualifying down in P13 overall (P3 in its allotted A Class) thanks to the circuit being between slicks and wets whilst last year’s D Class champions weren’t too far behind in P18 (P4 in class) by the end of the morning Free Practice and straight into Qualifying sessions.

Starting under warm for the end of March but importantly dry conditions, Stepanov quickly fell back behind the Mercedes and Audi GT3 specification cars ahead as Montague also looked to make up places in class.

As the race progressed, three of the twenty starters were lost to technical issues but what also became apparent were the deteriorating weather condition towards the Stowe end of the circuit but towards the end of the race, it would be both technical and track limits that would threaten the success of the two Astons.

Having just made their final stop, the #6 Vulcan was soon back in pit lane with oil pressure issues where the delay would threaten their overall and class podium position whereas the #50 MKH Racing Vantage GT4 would get pinged for exceeding track limits and therefore earning themselves a drive through penalty.

Fortunately for all, the rains never materialised and delays served in pit lane were not enough for the #6 Vulcan to claim their overall and class third place whilst the #50 MKH crew were to come home sixth overall and at the top of the D Class podium.

The next round of the Championship will be around the Indy loop of the Brands Hatch circuit in just over three weeks time.

Photo credits – Teams / Jacob Ebrey / Stephen Jackman
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