7 October 2014
GT: Beechdean Aston heads for Blancpain Sprints
Aston Martin Racing will make its Blancpain Sprint Series debut later this month, taking in two events in conjucntion with with partner team Beechdean AMR.
Aston Martin Racing will make its Blancpain Sprint Series debut later this month when it contests the final two rounds of the 2014 season with partner team Beechdean AMR in the V12 Vantage GT3.
The new-for-2014 Blancpain Sprint Series has been a great success, with promoters SRO offering teams a series of one-hour long GT races. Such has been the prosperity of the series, Aston Martin Racing has seen fit to endter the final rounds, on 19 October at Zolder and two weeks later on the streets of Baku in Azerbaijan.
On both occasions, the Beechdean V12 Vantage GT3 will be AMR's representative, with works pilot Jonny Adam and ex-F1 test driver Andy Soucek at the wheel.
Despite being better known for his single-seater career, Soucek is no stranger to sportscar racing, having raced in the Blancpain Endurance Series in 2012 and 2013, but Zolder will mark his debut in the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.
“It's a great opportunity to drive with such a great team with good results and alongside a factory driver,” the Spaniard commented, “It's a big challenge but I'm confident I can do a good job. I know Zolder very well as I've driven there a lot - I actually did my first GT test there. So, I know the track, I just need to use the practice sessions to learn the Vantage GT3.”
The V12 Vantage GT3 has had success around the world with numerous Aston Martin Racing teams and drivers, but none more so than with Beechdean AMR's driving duo of Adam and Andrew Howard, who recorded the car's first race win just weeks after its launch in 2012 and claimed its first national championship in 2013.
“At Aston Martin Racing, we work very closely with our partner teams, like Beechdean AMR, and this enables us to embark on joint ventures like this,” team principal John Gaw explained, “We were very keen to have a works team entry in the Blancpain Sprint Series and SRO have been extremely co-operative and supportive in enabling us to get this entry together. We are also grateful to Beechdean AMR for its continued commitment to racing at the highest level.
“Hopefully this is the start of more Aston Martin Racing works entries in both the Blancpain Sprint and GT Series.”
“Having been involved with the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 from the beginning, it is very exciting for us to see the car racing at the highest level of GT3 racing," Beechdean AMR team owner Howard added, "It's a good test for the team for future projects.”
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