Racar Motorsport claim the GT4 silverware as the Ultimate Cup Series starts at Paul Ricard

Monday, March 18, 2024


A somewhat successful debut within the Ultimate Cup Series for the Portuguese based Racar Motorsport Aston Martin Racing powered team as their two Vantage GT4 crews secured five out of a possible eight class podiums at last weekend’s season opener.

Having got themselves race ready with a few rounds within the now concluded GT4 Winter Series, the team entered both of their available 17A versions of the Vantage GT4 for the series opener from Circuit Paul Ricard in France for drivers Antonio Lopes/Matthieu Martins aboard the #09 car and Ruben Vaquinhas and Roberto Faria aboard the #777 car.

Racing within the GT Sprint races as well as within the new for 2024 AMR Trophy class (although they were the sole Aston Martins entered), that give each driver two twenty-five-minute races (approximately eleven laps for a GT4) around the long mistral circuit.

In Friday’s first races, the #09 car of Martins claimed a class win whilst the sister #777 car of Vaquinhas claimed third in class for a decent season opener. The second race saw the #777 car of Faria move up the order by also claiming a class win whilst the #09 car of Lopes finished fourth in class.

Saturday wasn’t quite as successful however for the #777 as Vaquinhas suffered early issues of his second race to retire the car on only the third lap whilst Martins went on to claim his double with another class win – as did Faria in his final race of the weekend with Lopes again coming home in fourth.

The series now gets onto home turf for the Racar Motorsport team as the next round will be at Portimao at the end of May.

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