Another busy few days within #TeamAMR

Friday, December 15, 2023


It’s been another intriguing week within the realms of #TeamAMR as most prepare themselves ready for a quick getaway in 2024 whilst others prepare for their own finale to this season.

Starting with the latter first, the Viper Niza Racing are indeed competing with their Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 this weekend at the final race weekend of their national Thailand Super Series from the Chang International Circuit near Buriram.

Competing again within their #65 car with drivers Douglas Khoo and Dominic Ang, both have been busy today setting up their car during Free Practice ahead of the weekend’s fifth and final round of the season before they divert their back to the Asian Le Mans Series in the New Year with their LMP3 entry.

After that, the news has all been about preparing for next season as some confirmed that chosen specification of GT car moving whilst others confirmed at least some of their new driver line ups.

Over in the USA, it was great news from the Flying Lizard Motorsport team as they confirmed a progressive up the GT ladder for their existing gentleman driver client base as both Jason Bell and Elias Sabo confirmed a progression up to GT3 next season.

Unlike Ross Chouest who appears to have chosen the Mercedes AMG GT3 brand, both Sabo and Bell will remain with Aston Martin Racing for next season albeit that’s where the similarities end. GT America GT4 Drivers Champion Bell quickly affirmed his intentions and order for a new 2024 EVO version of the Vantage GT3 upon securing his second GT America crown at the final round of the season this year that he will compete within the solo driver formatted GT America Series.

Sabo meanwhile will progress up to the GT World Challenge America Series with his new EVO AMR Vantage GT3 that he will again share with Andy Lee whilst the team’s third gentleman driver in Todd Parriott will stay within his AMR Vantage GT4 that he will again race solo in GT America and with Tom Dyer in the sister GT4 America Series.

Then today we had new recruit Walkenhorst Motorsport confirm their first of two AME Vantage GT3 driver line ups that they will be entering into the GT World Challenge Europe Series next season. Converting from the impressively strong BMW M4 GT3, the team have signed Tim Creswick, Mex Jansen and Ben Green for their Endurance Cup entry within the available bronze class. We still await news of their full Pro entry.

Elsewhere and without either AMR team scheduled to take part within the SRO ratified series saw a surprise testing entry from the TF Sport team for this weeks GT Winter Series from Portimao. With both the Prosport Racing and Forsetti Motorsort teams both signed up to the Iberian based series, it was to be the #33 TF Sport Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE from 2022 in attendance that Henrique Chaves (in attendance) shared with Ben Keating and Marco Sorenson in their WEC Am Drivers Championship winning season.

Then there are obviously driver moves afoot for the Japanese based D’Station Racing team ahead as Team Manager has been in Paris this week to meet and sign up an as yet unidentified driver for an as yet unidentified racing commitment although two seats for their 2024 WEC campaign remain unconfirmed.

Finally, there was confirmation that the former R-Motorsport Vantage DTM cars live on (or least just one of them) as Aston Martin F1 racer Fernando Alonso conducted a hot laps invitational for many of his A14 Driver Management clients around Motorland Aragon. Sadly, our over enthusiasm this morning misidentified the car as a new Evo Vantage GT3 before quickly being corrected but it was a great thought whilst it lasted.

It may be the off-season – but it’s still rather pleasantly busy!!

Photo credits – TSS / Teams / Alonso
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