Five Aston Martin GT4s around the new street circuit of Detroit this weekend

Tuesday, May 30, 2023


And there we were thinking that it was IMSA’s return to the Detroit Grand Prix this weekend when in reality it’s just for part of the Michelin Pilot Challenge runners all along as the Weathertech Sportscar Championship runners get a break from racing duties.

That leaves the GS class of the Michelin Pilot Challenge Series the opportunity to run their first street circuit layout for the first time since 2010 in their place as twenty-two similar powered and crewed cars have signed up to dop so this weekend within what will also be a slightly shortened race event to what their normally used to.

Featuring as the fourth round of their 2023 season so far after rounds at Daytona, Sebring and most recently at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca just over two weeks ago, teams will also be limited to just two sixty-minute Free Practice sessions over this Friday to get themselves and their cars dialled into the bespoke characteristics of this 1.7 mile temporary street circuit before Qualifying later in the afternoon and a green flag at 16:10hrs on Saturday for their 100min race.

Despite the demands that any street circuit places upon the unwary, five Aston Martin Racing powered teams will be part of that 22-car line up with the #19 Van Der Steur AMR Vantage GT4 of Rory Van Der Steur and Austin McCusker, the #44 Accelerating Performance AMR of Moisey Uretsky and Michael Cooper, the #46 Team TGM of Hugh and Matt Plumb, #64 Team TGM of Ted Giovanis and Owen Trinkler and the #64 Archangel AMR of Todd Coleman and Patrick Lindsay all returning to the series after what was for them, a disappointing trip across to California last time out.

Prior results to many of the German powered crews have seen the top Aston Martin position slump to P8 with High and Matt Plumb now 170 points in arrears.

Photo credit – Team / Series
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