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Aston Martin Vantage GT4 Gets First North American Victory

By   August 30, 2013

Aston Martin Vantage GT4

Aston Martin Vantage GT4

The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 race car had a very good race in Sonoma, California last weekend. The V12 powered racing machine managed a victory in the Pirelli World Challenge Series. The win was the first one for the car in North America. Fittingly, the British car was piloted by and American driver, Brandon Davis.

The TRG-AMR North America #27 Vantage GT4 managed the victory in the GTS class thanks to some great driving by Mr. Davis. He had to take a few chances, the biggest one was on lap 19 when he made a move that put him in the lead. He had started the race in second place, so he was already in good position for getting to the front of the pack.

The win was a big one for the team and helps show that Aston Martin has created a very good race car.

Let us know what you think of the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 in the comments.

Press Release

Aston Martin’s Vantage GT4 competition car, run by TRG-AMR North America, claimed its first North American race win last weekend at Sonoma Raceway, California, while the team’s V12 Vantage GT made an encouraging debut.

American driver Brandon Davis guided the #27 Vantage GT4 to victory in round 13 of the Pirelli World Challenge after starting from second on the grid. Having made a bold move for the lead on lap 19, Davis maintained his advantage to the chequered flag to secure victory in the GTS category and become part of Aston Martin Racing’s history in North America.

“I’m proud to be the first driver to win in the Vantage GT4 in America,” commented Davis. “The car was great all day and I hope we can keep winning with it!”

John Gaw, Team Principal at Aston Martin Racing, adds: “Huge congratulations to TRG-AMR. The Vantage GT4 has been incredibly successful in championships around the world and now it can add a North American win to its list of accomplishments. We believe there is an exciting future in America for the Vantage GT4, which is incredibly comfortable to drive, while the feedback is that it is matching and surpassing the performance of its rivals.”

Meanwhile, in the leading GT category, TRG-AMR North America’s newly delivered V12 Vantage GT – a derivative of the multiple race-winning V12 Vantage GT3 – made an encouraging debut.
Buckler put the car’s competitive race pace to good use and, despite starting the race from the pit lane, went on to finish a strong sixth overall, setting the second fastest lap of the race in the process.

“This was a great day for TRG-AMR North America,” comments Buckler. “Our brand new V12 Vantage GT was competing in its first North American race and I was able to put together a strong run. The car felt fantastic to drive and had real pace throughout the race. We’ve worked closely with the team at Aston Martin Racing to develop the car so that it meets with Grand Am specifications and we’ve created a very competitive race car that is set to make waves in North America next year.”

In 2014, the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series will merge with the American Le Mans Series to make the United SportsCar Championship and the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT will be a strong contender in the GT class.

John Gaw Team Principal explains: “The Vantage GT car is adapted from the standard Vantage GT3 to meet the requirements of the Grand-Am series in America this year and the United SportsCar Championship next year. We have modified the design of the standard roll cage, designed a new 20-US gallon fuel cell, redesigned the front splitter and fitted the series specification rear wing and Bosch engine management as per Grand Am regulations.

“The Vantage GT3 has been hugely successful in major championships and 24-hour around the world so it’s American counterpart has the potential to be incredibly competitive.”

All of Aston Martin’s racing cars are based on the Vantage, the sportiest car in the British marque’s range. The V12 Vantage GT is a V12 Vantage GT3-based car designed for the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car series; the championship takes in 13 races across the USA and the car is now available for customers to buy and race.

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.”