A busy week for Aston Martin Racing is southern Europe

Thursday, November 23, 2023


Whilst their Customer and Partner teams find themselves very much within the winter off season in terms of track action, it has been far from the case again for the factory Aston Martin Racing team as they pounded the miles in over in Spain this week.

Towards the southern tip of Spain had the latest Goodyear tyre test take place around the private Circuito Monteblanco where the yet to be homologated Vantage GT3 ‘Evo’ joined many of the World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series runners taking part within this twenty-four-hour continuous running session.

Home to AMR for many a pre-season #TeamAMR family get together, news from this final tyre test of the year at Monteblanco proved itself to be not so generous with news as the latest iteration of GT3 machinery still awaits its formal homologation certification which can only come after the release of its road going equivalent from Aston Martin Lagonda.

A few hundred miles north also saw the (as yet to homologated AMR Vantage GT4) also pound in the laps, this time around the Circuit De Catalunya near Barcelona as many current and prospective drivers and teams got to see next year’s GT4 for the first time over that two-day test.

Whilst some of those attendees have already committed to the AMR for the first-time next season, many were 17A version runners so were more familiar with the cars fundamentals.

To end of the week, some of those attending GT4 drivers have made their way over to the Paul Ricard circuit at Le Castellet for what appears to be the final Aston Martin Racing Drivers Academy shootout within the Spirit of Leman AMR Vantage GT3 which is there ahead of this weekend’s Ultimate Cup finale.

With Bullitt Racing hosting that event albeit exactly one year ago today at Barcelona, we will have to wait just a few more days to learn to takes over the crown from last year’s winner Roman Leroux. Whilst the initial nomination list at the start of the year was twenty-four drivers, many have fallen by the wayside along the season and a similar half a dozen shootout squad is again expected this time around.

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