Nine Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4s feature in Michelin Pilot Challenge series visit to the Glen

Sunday, June 16, 2024


If there’s an increased number of Aston Martin Racing powered entries within the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship – then there’s a bigger increase in AMR numbers within the supporting Michelin Pilot Challenge Series as nine such beasts will take to the track of Watkins Glen this weekend.

Having seen a healthy seven strong AMR take the last round of the IMSA series from Mid-Ohio – a race that also saw the #88 Archangel crew of Todd Coleman and Aaron Telitz take their first Michelin Pilot Challenge overall race win together, a fresh two car entry from the Florida Automatic Racing team sees that numbers swell to nine for this weekend’s two-hour encounter.

With both Team TGM AMR’s of Matt Plumb/Paul Holton aboard the #46 and Ted Giovanis/Hugh Plumb aboard the #64 alongside that of the #88 Archangel crew and the #71 Rebel Rock AMR of Robin Liddell and Frank DePew and the #16 Skip Barber Racing AMR of Ken Fukuda and Will Lambros all remain the same from the Mid-Ohio four-hour event two weeks ago, the following teams have made changes.

AMR factory driver Valentin Hasse-Clot returns to the #19 Van Der Steur AMR alongside Rory Van Der Steur having sat out Mid-Ohio because of his Le Mans 24Hr and Le Mans Cup obligations in France last weekend whilst the #82 Van der Steur Racing with Ruckus Racing still only show Scott Blind listed against his bright yellow entry – so there still is more news to come there after Blind and JP Southern did so well in Mid-Ohio.

The two Automatic Racing entries are however new and will feature team regular Rob Ecklin alongside Magnus Racing’s John Potter in the #09 car (presumably the blue and black Stoner Car Care liveried entry) whilst Tom Long returns to the team alongside Brandon Kidd within the (presumably) yellow and blue #9 entry.

Even at this midway point to the season, the Rebel Rock team remain the sole AMR powered crew featuring the new 2024 version of the AMR Vantage GT4, which is not necessarily a problem considering just how competitive the older 17A chassis remains in the USA theatre.

Their track action begins on Thursday with the first of two Free Practice sessions before Qualifying on Friday evening with a race start of 12:55hrs local on Saturday.

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