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TRG-AMR Signs Two Drivers To Race Their Aston Martins

By   July 31, 2013

TRG-AMR Signs Two Drivers to Race their Aston Martins in the Pirelli World Challenge

TRG-AMR North America has announced the addition of two new drivers to drive their Aston Martin GT4s in the Pirelli World Challenge. The new drivers Mark Klenin and Drew Regitz will be on the team for the remainder of the season. Both drivers had been racing in BMWs, but with the move the will now be competing in the English race car.

Mr. Klenin was so excited about the new car that for the last Saturday’s race at Lime Rock he decided to drive the Aston Martin. This was without having driven the GT4 before and with only having driven four laps of the Lime Rock track. Even with those things going against him, he managed a good showing in the new car.

The team is hoping for some top 10 finishes from the new drivers as the season continues. The next race will be this weekend at Mid-Ohio.

Let us know what you think of the new driver additions in the comments below.

Press Release

It was a good week for TRG-AMR North America. The California-based sports car team signed two new drivers for the Pirelli World Challenge and sold two Aston Martin Vantage GT4 race cars in the process. PWC drivers Mark Klenin and Drew Regitz join the team for the remainder of the PWC season in a pair of TRG-AMR GT4’s.

The pair had been running BMWs this season, but made the move to Aston Martin full-time moving forward.

Despite having never driven the Vantage GT4 and registering only four prior laps at Lime Rock Park, Klenin decided to jump in with both feet and start the Saturday race of the Lime Rock Grand Prix in the new Aston. The car ran flawlessly and Klenin picked his way through the field and managed to stay on a strong pace and have a hugely impressive day for the team. For the remaining three races, both Klenin and Regitz will receive full team support from TRG-AMR and facilitate a full season effort in 2014.

Klenin, a Colorado resident, came right out of the National Auto Sport Association and ran in Pirelli World Challenge last year. After a top 10 at Detroit, and numerous other finishes close to that last year, he’ll look to be in the top 10 at every race in the Aston. That success can start as early as this weekend at Mid-Ohio. At NASA Nationals, he briefly set the track record there before finishing third.

Drew Regitz, also of Colorado, will join Klenin at Mid-Ohio in his own Vantage GT4. Regitz has been competing in World Challenge this year, having run races at St. Petersburg and Lime Rock in a BMW. This will be his first race at Mid-Ohio, and the first in an Aston Martin after having a great test with the team earlier in the month.

Both drivers will make their debut this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The 2.5-mile, 15-turn track will play host to the seventh round of the Pirelli World Challenge. TRG participated in two of the race weekends in the 2013 season, and had top ten finishes in both. The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 is showing to be incredibly strong in the GTS class, and the team is excited to get two experienced full-time drivers behind the wheel.

TRG has one of the strongest records of any team in professional sports car racing at the Mid-Ohio circuit with six wins and eight podiums and will provide full support to Regitz and Klenin.

Kevin Buckler on welcoming Mark and Drew to the program:  “I couldn’t be more thrilled having Drew and Mark jump on board with us with our new Aston Martin GT4’s and our new, full-time Pirelli World Challenge program. There is so much potential with this new program in all categories and it is one of the reasons that they decided to join us.

The cars are fast and super reliable. This brand definitely has advantages when it comes to attracting partners, sponsors and drivers. Everyone at PWC has been extremely professional and really encouraging about our involvement so it is going to be a pleasure to race with them moving forward. Adding these drop-dead gorgeous Aston Martin race cars to the grid doesn’t hurt either, and we look forward to really delivering with Drew and Mark and continuing to have them develop as professional drivers.”

Drew Regitz on switching manufacturers and coming to Aston Martin: “Mark and I have been researching lots of various options to run in World Challenge, after being frustrated with our current manufacturer. The car we were most impressed by was the Aston Martin for its potential, the reliability, and the fact that it’s a factory-built race car.”

Regitz on driving for TRG-AMR North America:  “Racing is a lot more than just the car and the driver. It’s about the team. With what TRG-AMR brings to the table, it’s pretty phenomenal and unparalleled in terms of qualifications, experience, and achievements.”

Mark Klenin on joining TRG-AMR North America: “I chose TRG-AMR for its reputation. They’ve always been professionally operated, and I’m excited to have a car that’s setup so it’s competitive. I’m thrilled to be working with Kevin [Buckler] and the team, Drew and I are glad we found a great organization to run with together!”

Klenin on driving the Vantage GT4 at Mid-Ohio this weekend: “The car is really strong and the brakes are amazing. I feel like we’re going to do really well, and my goal is to finish in the top 10 this weekend.”

First Woman To Race An Aston Martin Will Drive At Spa 24 Hours

By   July 26, 2013

Sarah Bovy Will be the First Woman to Race an Aston Martin

Sarah Bovy Will be the First Woman to Race an Aston Martin

This weekend is the Spa 24 Hours and Sarah Bovy will be the first woman to race an Aston Martin when she drives a Vantage GT3. While this is the first time she will be racing in the Vantage GT3, she is no stranger to the 24 hour endurance race as this is her third time running in the race. She will race with her teammates Michael Scmhetz, Pierre Grivegnée and Bert Redant.

The car is one of two entered by Aston Martin Brussels and is run by the Belgian Pino Sperlinga’s team GPR. The race will have a pretty full field with over 70 cars entered for the endurance race. Sarah will be driving in the number 89 Aston Martin and will compete in the PROAM class.

We will be watching to see how Sarah and the team does in the race. Let us know what you think of her racing for Aston Martin in the comments below.

Press Release

Sarah Bovy will be the first woman to race the Vantage GT3 when she takes part in the Spa 24 Hours this weekend.

Bovy will be diving one of two Vantage GT3s entered by Aston Martin Brussels and run by the Belgian Pino Sperlinga’s team GPR in a field of more than 70 cars. It will be the third time she has competed in the 24 hour race and this time she will drive alongside Michael Schmetz, Pierre Grivegnée and Bert Redant in the number 89 car in the PROAM class.

Aston Martin Racing is entering the Bilstein-supported Vantage GT3 in the PRO category with drivers Bertrand Baguette, Darren Turner and Jamie Campbell-Walter.

“Of course, I’m proud to wear Aston Martin colours and to achieve something that no other woman has done before,” said Bovey. “I think I can learn a lot from the most experienced drivers in the team and at the same time I know I will find my place and will have the opportunity to prove myself behind the wheel.”

Aston Martin To Celebrate 100 Years At Pebble Beach With World Debut

By   July 16, 2013

Aston Martin To Celebrate 100 Years At Pebble Beach

Aston Martin Will Celebrate 100 Years at Pebble Beach

This year is the 100th anniversary of Aston Martin and they have some good things planned for the Pebble Beach Automotive Week. As part of the celebration they will have the world debut of the 2014 Vanquish Volante. Pebble Beach has become one of the biggest automotive events of the year, so it should come as no surprise that the car will debut there.

Beyond the world debut they will have the U.S. debuts of the 2015 V12 Vantage S and the CC100 Speedster Concept. Both of these are great cars. The V12 Vantage S is the fastest car to ever be produced by the company (with the exception of the One-77) and the CC100 Speedster was built for the companies 100th anniversary.

Throughout the week there will be special events put on by the English car maker. Many of them are for the media or invite only, but they will also be at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This will give the general public a chance to see these wonderful cars (providing you pay the price of admission).

Stay tuned as we will be at Pebble Beach this year covering all the events and the cars.

Press Release

Aston Martin’s new Vanquish Volante and V12 Vantage S are set for premieres at the 2013 Pebble Beach® Automotive Week alongside the CC100 Speedster Concept, capping a stunning trio of unveilings in the British brand’s centenary year.

As the company continues its centennial celebrations around the world, the 2014 Vanquish Volante makes a global debut while the 2015 V12 Vantage S and CC100 Speedster Concept make their first appearances in the United States.

Aston Martin’s new Vanquish Volante and V12 Vantage S sports cars will be shown at a series of celebratory events around the globally renowned Pebble Beach Automotive Week in California, from 14-18 August. Concurrently, the CC100 concept will make its debut on North American soil at the climax of the week’s festivities, capping the brand’s presence at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® where Aston Martin is a featured marque for the 2013 event on Sunday 18 August.

Aston Martin’s Regional Director for The Americas, Julian Jenkins commented: “The Pebble Beach week is now well established as a global celebration of the automobile and we are delighted to be a featured marque for 2013, celebrating our first 100 years, while also looking forward to the future.”

He added: “Along with our partners, we look forward to welcoming current owners, new customers and automotive enthusiasts to share in our celebratory events at The Aston Martin Estate throughout the weekend.”

Aston Martin will commence the festivities with an exclusive media preview at Pebble Beach on the morning of Wednesday 14 August. Later that same day at McCall’s Motorworks Revival, the Vanquish Volante and V12 Vantage S will be shown for the first time.

As well as attendance at Quail: A Motorsports Gathering (16 August) – an event which will celebrate 100 years of Aston Martin with a special collection of cars – and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® (18 August), the company will host guests at The Aston Martin Estate during the course of the weekend. This exquisite private venue, situated high above Carmel with panoramic views across the Monterey Bay, offers the perfect backdrop for showcasing Aston Martin’s latest sports cars to customers and friends of the brand for the first time.

Aston Martin Celebrates 100 Years At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed

By   July 10, 2013

Aston Martin Celebrates 100 Years At Goodwood with the CC100 Speedster Concept

Aston Martin Celebrates 100 Years At Goodwood

This year Aston Martin celebrates 100 years and they have a celebration planned at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The British auto maker will have quite a display at this year’s event. The first among the cars exhibited will be the CC100 Speedster Concept that was built to celebrate the brands centennial. The concept ties in design elements of Aston Martin’s early racing cars as well as modern materials and a large powerful 6.0-liter V12 engine.

Other cars that will be at the event will include the new V12 Vantage S. The luxury sports car car rocket its driver from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and keep going all the way to 205 mph. The car is the fastest car by the company, with the exception of the limited edition One-77.

Of course there will be plenty of cars from the brand in the various racing events that will happen at Goodwood. This will include the famed hill climb that happens each year at the event.

It is only fitting that the British car company is celebrated at one of the top British car events. After all there is perhaps no other sports car that symbolizes a country than the Aston Martin.

Let us know what you think of the cars that will be on display and what you are most looking forward to at Goodwood in the comments below.

Press Release

Aston Martin’s centenary celebrations thunder into Goodwood on Friday as the luxury British sports car maker brings thrilling road and race cars to the world-famous Festival of Speed.

Leading the brand’s exciting display at the Festival of Speed, 11-14 July, will be the CC100 Speedster Concept, a stunning celebration of the great British firm’s 100 years of sports car excellence and a brave pointer to its potential future design direction.

The 6.0-litre V12-powered concept car – created to celebrate Aston Martin’s first century in business – makes its UK dynamic debut in West Sussex as the Festival of Speed, staged for the 20th year in succession, celebrates its own milestone anniversary.

Designed and constructed in fewer than six months at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, the style of the two-seater CC100 – nicknamed DBR100 by CEO Dr Ulrich Bez – is the work of Design Director Marek Reichman who will be driving the car in its demonstration runs up the famous Goodwood Hill at the weekend.

Marek said: “I’m really excited to be driving CC100, such an important car for Aston Martin, in the thrilling surroundings of Goodwood on Saturday and Sunday.

“It was created as a truly fitting tribute to 100 years of the Aston Martin brand and demonstrates the creativity and talent that makes this such an exceptional luxury sports car maker. I’m sure it will turn heads at the Festival!”

CC100 will be joined in the grounds of Goodwood House by Aston Martin’s most potent road car to date – limited edition One-77 hypercar excepted – in the shape of the forthcoming V12 Vantage S.

The powerful two-seater, capable of 205 mph and 0-60 mph in only 3.7 seconds, will also complete a number of demonstration runs ahead of its global showroom debut before the year’s end.

Equipped with the new 573 PS AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine the V12 Vantage S has 620 Nm of torque available at 5,750 rpm. Low rev torque – measured at just 1,000 rpm – stands at 510 Nm and, driving the rear wheels through the new Sportshift™ III AMT (automated manual transmission) ensures the car boasts true sporting driveability.

Three-stage adaptive damping means the driver can more precisely tailor the car’s dynamic character and exploit its clear performance potential. ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes provide a broad swathe of dynamic capability, while the system also governs the level of power steering assistance offered.

Working alongside the extended adaptive damping system is a ‘Sport’ mode, controlled via a button on the centre console, which alters throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, and exhaust note to, once again, tune the character of the car to the driver’s requirements.

Completing the luxury British brand’s participation at Goodwood will be demonstration runs of Aston Martin Racing’s World Endurance Championship car – the Vantage GTE – driven on Saturday and Sunday by WEC racers Darren Turner and ex-F1 star Bruno Senna.

Meanwhile, away from Goodwood, Aston Martin’s year of global centenary festivities continues from 10.00am on Sunday 21 July with a unique free-to-enter celebration in the historic setting of Kensington Gardens, London.

Jointly organised by the Aston Martin Owners Club, Aston Martin Heritage Trust and Aston Martin, and held in partnership with The Royal Parks and The Royal Household, the centenary celebration will see an unprecedented gathering of the rarest, most significant, most beautiful and most famous Aston Martins ever made.

ARED Aston Martin Finishes Third In CLass At The Adenauer ADAC Simfy Trophy

By   June 26, 2013

ARED Aston Martin

ARED Aston Martin

The VLN Endurance Champion 44. Adenauer ADAC Simfy Trophy had a packed field of cars this year including the ARED Aston Martin. The race which is after the 24 Hours of Nurburgring and happens the same weekend as the 24 Hours of Le Mans usually has only a few entrants. This year, however there were 189 cars registered to start the race making for a lot of competition.

The race is a 4 hour endurance race and the Aston Martin driven by Andy Sammers and Ronny Tobler competed in the GT4/SP10 class. They were competing against 8 other cars in their class. The race saw quite a few incidents which were partly due to the number of cars in the event coupled with rain.

The team drove very well, but as they were about to make a driver and tire change from slick tires to more rain ready tires they saw a red flag wave. Sadly the race that happened the same weekend of the 24 Hours of Le Mans had a tragic incident just as the more famous race.

The team was able to drive through the crowded field for a very good third in class finish and 33 overall in the race.

Press Release

On Saturday June 22nd 2013 ARed Motorsport started at the 44. Adenauer ADAC Simfy Trophy within the VLN Endurance championship. Traditionally the race after the 24 hours race at the Nürburgring is a quiet one, with less participants than usual, as many teams are still rebuilding their cars. Not so this time: With 189 cars registered it was a well filled starter field. In the GT4/SP10 class there were 8 cars participating. For the race service ARed Motorsport used the backup crew of Mathol Racing. ARed Motorsport regular drivers Andy Sammers and Ronny Tobler took on the 4 hour long challenge.

The weather gods meant well for qualifying on Saturday morning. The sun was shining which meant ideal conditions for ARed Motorsport’s two drivers. Andy set a new personal best for the ARed Motorsport team with a 9:21 and qualified #177 on position 69 for the race.

Andy drove the start for the first time and could improve position lap by lap. “The time that we put into the setup and testing of the car was well invested”, said Andy Sammers after his stint.” “The car now gives me the trust necessary to drive closer to the limit.” After a good first stint Andy handed the car over to Ronny Tobler. Ronny’s stint was accompanied by constantly changing conditions. At the beginning there was just a bit of drizzling rain on different parts of the track. There was enough grip for the slick tires but caution was advised. This was also the beginning of many yellow and double yellow situations because of accidents that took place. “Based on what I observed I’d say that a few accidents happened because of circulation problems because of the high temperature in the cars.” said Ronny after his stint. In Ronny’s second to last lap the rain intensified and the track was wet from the GP track up to kilometre mark 14 on the track. At this point the slick tires were a risk and it was difficult to keep the car on track. Ronny gave the signal for Andy to prepare one lap earlier as planned for the driver change.

But the driver change was not meant to happen as the marshals waived red flags due to a tragic incident on track.

Andy and Ronny drove their best race yet on their ARED Aston Martin and reached overall position 33 and third place in class.