If we tell you that the best result of an Aston Martin in a GT3 version at the Total 24 Hours of Spa was still 8th place in 2011 in the time of the DBRS9 aligned by Hexis Racing, you could tell us that it sends us back to another time. This does not mean that the British brand has put aside the Belgian classic. As proof, Garage 59 had all the ingredients to win the Silver Cup and Pro-Am.
Valentin Haase-Clot, Roman De Angelis, James Pull and Andrew Watson were partners in Silver, Chris Goodwin, Alex West, Jonny Adam and Maxime Martin in Pro-Am. The first crew retired after going off the track and the second took 3rd place in Pro-Am.
Despite a current period which remains complicated, Aston Martin Racing remains very active in GT3 and GT4 around the world. “It's a tough time, but on Aston Martin Racing side we can't complain too much”, told Ben Bourdaire, responsible for customer-competition, at Endurance-Info. “We have to thank the teams who trust us.”
Aston Martin Racing sold 63 Vantage GT4 and 27 Vantage GT3. The success of the new GT8R is also felt with a GT4 which can be transformed into a GT8R in just two hours. The GT8R is lighter and more powerful than a GT4.
To see the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in Pro at the Total 24 Hours of Spa, you will have to wait a little longer: “In a Pro scheme, you have to find the budgets to match, which is not easy.”
If Aston Martin Racing thought for a moment to go to GT2, the project was put aside. For the GTE part, AMR has a double success in GTE-Pro and GTE-Am at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Several Aston Martin Vantage GTEs are expected next season in WEC in GTE-Pro and GTE-Am. Garage 59 and D’station Racing are among the teams approached to join the GTE-Am championship. A presence in the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup is also in the pipeline, knowing that at least one Vantage GT3 has already been confirmed in the Asian Le Mans Series.
Regarding a possible arrival of future GT3s in WEC and Le Mans, Aston Martin's policy is to continue with what we have today, namely GTE on the one hand, GT3 on the other. “Mixing the most expensive with the cheapest does not always become cheaper”, underlines Ben Bourdaire. "This sentence is not mine but Stéphane Ratel's and I cannot fault him."