￼Aston Martin GT4 takes British GT Championship win
Aston Martin Racing customer team Complete Racing won the British GT Championship GT4 class at Rockingham yesterday (6 May) despite some challenges and tough competition from its rivals.
The team arrived at Rockingham with hopes pinned on a successful weekend following a disappointing first round at Oulton Park. Despite putting its Vantage GT4 on pole, the weekend ended with a DNF in both races because of a collision in race one.
With the car rebuilt but not tested, drivers Steve Chaplin and Tom Wilson and their team headed to Rockingham and used the two warm up sessions to get the car set up for the race. Tom completed qualifying and started the car from fifth on the grid.
“We knew we had it all to do in the race,” comments Steve Chaplin. “But the Aston Martin GT4 is such a great car that we were confident we could achieve a good finish.
“Tom started very well and did well to avoid all of the incidents out on track. After an hour, he handed the car over to me in second place. He’d been closing the gap on the leader at more than a second a lap so I had to just continue in the same way. When the leader pitted he came out behind us and we took the win.”
￼Complete Racing bought the car in 2012 and completed two rounds of the championship at Silverstone and Snetterton. This year they are making a full-scale attack on winning the championship and Steve is confident they have the car to do it with.
“The Vantage GT4 is the car I always wanted to race,” he continues. “For me, it’s a proper GT car, the only GT car to have for an endurance race in the market place today. It sets the benchmark for where GT4 cars should be.”
The British GT Championship continues at Silverstone on 25 May.
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About Aston Martin Racing
Aston Martin Racing is the motorsport arm of Aston Martin. In 2013, it will contest the FIA World Endurance Championship with its Vantage GTE. It also has customer teams competing in major championships around the world in its Vantage GTE, GT3 and GT4 cars, which all share a bonded aluminium chassis and fundamental engine design with Aston Martin’s road-going V8 Vantage.
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Oulton park race report
After a great start to the weekend, with Steve Chaplin placing the Aston on pole for the first race, and Tom Wilson in P2 for the second race, the good fortune ran out for the team.
Steve’s race started well, and after avoiding an incident on the first corner was in P2 set for a strong finish. Unfortunately the Ginnetta he was following was lossing oil ( retired not long after). A loss of traction on a high speed corner caused the Aston to spin off the track and in to the crash barrier, even though Steve was able to get back to the pits, it was race over.
A frantic 3 hour rebuild got the car and Tom back on the track for race two, but a hidden mechanical failure caused by the crash saw the second retirement of the day.
The Complete Racing team has shown true grit and passion with a strong start to the season, and are now in preparation for a great race at rockingham in 4 weeks time.
Founded in 2010, Complete Racing, won the Volkswagen Racing Championship and again in 2011, with the well developed and superbly presented “Herbie” beetle.
2012 saw Complete racing again mount a strong reliable two car challenge in the vw cup, along with setting itself up for its entry into the world of British GTs with the V8 Vantage. To get a feel completes entered two rounds in of the british GTs and showed plenty of promise with two third in class and a mobil award for snetterton, followed by a fifth in class in the three hour at Silverstone.