The folks at Aston Martin are rejoicing as Beechdean AMR has emerged triumphant and the British ulta-luxury automaker, itself, has finished fifth in the 2015 MSA Dunlop Britcar 24hr race at Silverstone. We earlier reported you that Dr. Andy Palmer, CEO, Aston Martin, would also make his debut as a race driver with this race, alongside Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, experienced British motoring journalist Andrew Frankel and 22-year-old racer Alice Powell.
Both the V8 Vantage GT4 of Beechdean AMR and Speedworks Motorsport entries enjoyed a trouble-free 24-hour race. With a line-up completed by Aston Martin Evolution Academy racers Jamie Chadwick (GB) and Ross Gunn (GB), the former circulated the 5.9km Northamptonshire-circuit a total of 529 laps to take overall victory with the latter finishing 4th overall and second in class. Aston Martin’s factory entry also enjoyed the taste of success. The race marked CEO Dr. Andy Palmer’s first competitive outing as an Aston Martin race driver and saw the team battle changeable conditions as wet weather played a key part in determining the team’s strategy throughout the late evening.
David King, Director of Special Projects commented: “This is a remarkable achievement for the team that specialises not in racing but in designing and building Aston Martin road and track cars. They brought with them years of experience in producing world-class sportscars and leave with invaluable data and knowledge for future development. The V8 Vantage GT4, invloved in the race, was equipped with the model’s hallmark 4.7L engine and an identical chassis to its road-going sibling." Dr. Andy Palmer added: “It was a fabulous weekend. My main aim was to understand how a race team works as it’s so intrinsic to our brand. It was of unbelievable proportions with every season imaginable. However, the main thing for me was that the team pulled together and really looked after each other throughout the race.”
Aston Martin’s engineering team will next race at the famously challenging Nürburgring 24-hours, which takes place on 16-17 May.