Three Aston Martin GTDs to compete in IMSAs six hours of the Glen

Sunday, June 16, 2024


There is certainly no peace for the wicked in global GT and prototype racing as many of those actively involved in last weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans sees themselves flying back stateside for another elongated round of the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship and/or its supporting series.

This time around, the IMSA circus will be travelling to the Watkins Glen International Circuit in upstate New York where the entire GTP, LMP2, GTD Pro and GTD classes will be mixed it together again this time around for a six-hour encounter.

That means that the Heart of Racing Aston Martin Racing powered team will be back in action with all except one driver having been on Le Mans 24 duties last weekend with one team or another. Only Ross Gunn had a couple of weekends off from his team commitments last time out at Detroit just over two weeks ago as Alex Riberas again partners the Englishman as he did so in Detroit from where they scored their first podium finish of the season in P3.

Then there is the #27 GTD entry of Roman De Angelis, fresh from his LMP2 debut at Le Mans alongside that of Ian James and Zacharie Robichon who both competed within the LMGT3 class in France. We also see the return of the #44 Magnus Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTD of John Potter, Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly for the first time since the last endurance round at Sebring.

Thanks to their Detroit result, Gunn has seen his Champiosnhip position elevate to third overall but as both Riberas and Mario Farnbacher have been covering that cars second driver slot since Sebring, they are both down in P11/12 respectively.

It’s a similar story in GTD with Roman De Angelis who has also seen a mixed co-driver line up alongside him for the season far which sees him languishing down in an uncharacteristic P10 at this half-way stage of the season.

So far this season, the #44 Magnus crew have only competed within the season openers at both Daytona and Sebring and with three rounds of the season since then, there will be no time for any ‘rustiness’ going into this weekend’s six-hour encounter considering the fifty-six strong entry list.

Track action begins this Friday for the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship grid with the first of two Free Practice sessions before Qualifying on Saturday and race start at 11:10Hrs local on Sunday.

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