Aston Martin Racing Does The Double With Beechdean AMR
The Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3 of Beechdean AMR has won the 2015 British GT Championship drivers’ trophy at the final race of the season at Donington Park, to add to its V8 Vantage GT4 class victory secured in the penultimate round last month.
Long-term racing partners Jonny Adam (GB) and Andrew Howard (GB) went into the finale, dubbed the Donington Decider, in second place overall, with four teams able to clinch the championship. After an action-packed two-hour race, Adam and Howard crossed the line in fifth and, with all but one of the title-rivals retiring, it was enough to become national champions.
The pair proved once again that consistency is key when it comes to winning the British GT Championship. Including wins at the season opener at Oulton Park, Spa-Francorchamps and Snetterton last month, Beechdean AMR finished all but one of the series’ nine races, taking top-seven spots in each.
“It feels fantastic to win the British GT Championship,” commented Adam, who will now travel to the Circuit of the Americas to join Darren Turner (GB) in the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. “Once again, the V12 Vantage GT3 has been perfect all year. It really is a championship-winning car – reliable and quick and able to get the most out of the tyres. The team at Beechdean AMR are incredible and this win is for all of them.”
This is the second time the V12 Vantage GT3 has won the British GT Championship since it was launched four years ago. In 2013, Beechdean AMR took the drivers’ championship win with Howard.
“Winning in 2013 was great but there was a lot of pressure that year, we went into the finale as leaders and it was ours to lose,” commented Howard. “Going in as the hunter takes the pressure off and that enables you to focus better and enjoy it more. It also feels so much better winning alongside Jonny, he deserves the British GT Championship title more than anyone.”
Beechdean AMR ends the 2015 season as double champions after Aston Martin Racing Evolution Academy drivers Jamie Chadwick (GB) and Ross Gunn (GB) clinched the GT4 title at Snetterton in August.
“Winning both the GT3 and GT4 drivers’ titles is what we set out to do and I couldn’t be more proud of the drivers and team who have all been incredible all season,” concluded Howard.
The championship finale was also reason to celebrate for Aston Martin Racing customer TF Sport. The team took the overall race win with Aston Martin Racing Evolution Academy driver Matt Bell (GB) and team-mate Derek Johnson (GB) with second place going to the sister-car of fellow Evolution Academy driver Jody Fannin (GB) and team-mate Andrew Jarmin (GB). New-for-2015 customer team Academy Motorsport finished first and third in GT4.15th September 2015