The Racers Group round off a thrilling return to AMR powered GT3 racing at IMS

Sunday, October 08, 2023


The final and extended round of the GT World Challenge America Series finished under the cover of darkness yesterday as The Racers Group Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 of Derek DeBoer, Valentin Hasse-Clot, and the guesting Ben Tuck, brought their #007 car home for a rewarding conclusion to their 2023 season.

Not the Pro-Am Class winning performance that the statistics placed possible going into the eight hours around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but a coveted third place finish within the GT3 Pro-Am Class for DeBoer for his first full season within the higher GT category.

With just twenty-two cars from both the GT World Challenge America and Intercontinental GT Championship circulating around the 2.4 mile infield circuit of the ancestral home to American motorsport, there were times when the track looked pretty barren in places and that must have been with a similar though from within the cockpit should your car not have quite the same number of ponies underneath the bonnet as some of those around you!

In order to elevate himself up his domestic series leader board, DeBoer needed to beat Samantha Tan and George Kurtz on track with neither securing any championship points by the end of this eight hours but unfortunately for all, both finished above DeBoer on track for the apparently ever smiling DeBoer to remain third in class.

This race also represented Hasse-Clot’s one hundredth race for Aston Martin Racing since becoming a factory driver as well as Tuck’s first endeavours around the iconic circuit so the experienced gained by the crew over the course of the weekend will favour them for any future visits to the Brickyard.

Whilst the race result may not have been quite what was hoped for by those in and out of the team, the best news has come from The Racers Group confirmation of their intention to run the new 2024 iteration of the Vantage GT3 next season. We still wait to see just what that car looks like and how it may perform in comparison with the model it will replace.

Eventually finishing P13 overall having started from one place back in P14, and P7 within their own GTWCAm Series to round off an otherwise great return to AMR powered GT3 racing.

Roll on 2024

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