After a turbulent spring to say the least due to containment, Aston Martin Racing’s competition-customer department has resumed operations. Between GT3 and GT4, the Vantage are on the track. Two Vantage GT4s are racing this weekend in the GT4 European Series at Zandvoort with AGS Events and a GT8R lined up by Garage 59 is competing in the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring.
Since the start of the season, the Aston Martin Vantage has been there, both in GT3 and GT4. However, teams have put sports programs on hiatus: Beechdean AMR, R-Motorsport, Street Art.
On the side of Ben Bourdaire, which manages customer competition at AMR, satisfaction is essential: “The Vantage now have a season behind them. The teams understand it better and better and the BOP is getting closer to the truth. It’s always a little more complicated the first year. ”
Moving from Porsche to Aston Martin, we thought it would take time for AGS Events to top the table in a competitive GT4 class, but the results came quickly, which makes Ben Bourdaire happy: “We knew that AGS Events would do things the best they could. With Théo (Nouet) and Valentin (Haase-Clot), we know that the steering wheel is there. Nicolas (Gomar) and Gilles (Vannelet) form a good pair in Am. Regarding the FFSA GT, we know Mike's (Parisy) level. All of this together makes it work. ”
The current situation means that travel remains complicated. "The concern is that we do not yet have any visibility into the future", underlines the person in charge of the competition-customer. “We must salute the work of SRO so that the meetings can take place. Aston Martin has a few cars in British GT and FFSA GT. It's pretty late in the year and early in the season. "
The American market is also booming: “I won't be surprised to see a GT3 in GT World Challenge America. Seeing more GT3s in the United States is a will. For the European side, it's harder to predict even if there are new potential customers. "
TF Sport has already confirmed an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 for the Asian Le Mans Series and seeing more Vantage is not to be ruled out. Dstation Racing could participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a Vantage GTE, but the logistics were complicated to set up from Japan.
Aston Martin Racing continues to build cars anyway: “Business has slowed down and the lockdown has been bad. We should end up with a decent year anyway because the prospects are convinced of the potential of the car. "
An Aston Martin Vantage GT3 made its debut not long ago in New Zealand. The country also has three GT8Rs. This GT8R has 100 more horsepower than the GT4 version for 40 kg less. A presence in the Nürburgring Endurance Series, Creventic, Super Taikyu, 12 Hours of Abu Dhabi and GT Cup is possible. It is possible to convert the car from GT4 to GT8R in half a day.
While waiting for a normal resumption of activities, Aston Martin engineers are working remotely from England.