A tale of two halves for the Aston Martin runners in WRLs visit to Road America

Monday, May 15, 2023

All the effort but none of the reward appears to have also been the theme for the four Aston Martin Racing powered teams within last weekend’s World Racing League’s visit to Road America and their demanding nine and seven-hour double headers.

With TLM Racing providing two of the newer, turbo-charged generation of Vantage GT4 with their #172 and #453 Ruckus Racing entries and two of the older, normally aspirated versions of the race car from both the Prosport Competition and Automatic Racing crews, things ended up with a more diverse combination of results as you could ever ask for from their efforts.

The best result of the weekend came from the #909 Automatic crew in Saturday’s longer nine-hour marathon with their older spec car coming home second overall in their GTO class whilst the worst set of results sadly came from the Automatic crew again with a DNF in race two on Sunday but also with a DNS for the #43 car – again in Sundays second race.

There a brakes issue saw their colourful new liveried car hit the barriers hard with only two laps to go – driver fortunately OK but the car not being repairable in time for Sunday so their P15 finish (minus 47 laps down still) was the best that they could shout about.

For the TLM Racing squad, it became a weekend of two halves after both cars suffered from tyre degradation/puncture issues to return home in P13 (#172) and P16 (#453) but equally many laps down to their class leaders.

That in turn saw a turnaround in Sundays race where these results were massively improved upon to see the #172 car come home in fifth and the #453 in eighth to round off the weekend on something of a high!!

Photo credits – social media / S Elkins
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