Reigning British GT champion Beechdean AMR will not field its Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 for the series’ double-header at Snetterton on Aug. 6-7, following damage sustained last time out at Spa-Francorchamps.
The No. 1 Aston Martin was heavily damaged in the opening lap of the Belgian round earlier this month, in a collision with a European GT4 Series entry.
The front-right wheel was ripped from the chassis in the impact and even with a month between races, the team is unable to repair the car in time.
Andrew Howard and Ross Gunn were not in the title fight this year, following poor luck in the first half of the season, and so have decided to skip the Norfolk rounds of the championship.
This marks the end of Beechdean AMR and Howard’s unbroken streak of 40 British GT GT3 starts, dating from the Donington Park round in 2010.
“I am hugely disappointed that the car will be unable to take part in the upcoming race at Snetterton,” said Howard. “We always knew that this was going to be a development year for us, and sometimes you have to take the rough with the smooth.
“British GT is an important series to us and we will continue to take part in the championship, despite this setback. I hope the championship continues to be the proving ground for the amateur driver.”
There will still be a pair of Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4s for the team, entered in the GT4 category. These will be raced by Jack Bartholomew and Jordan Albert, and Jamie Chadwick and Paul Hollywood.