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Aston Martin Ramps Up Factory GT3 Program

Aston Martin Racing to enter factory Vantage GT3 car for N24, Spa 24H…

Photo: Drew Gibson/AMR

Photo: Drew Gibson/AMR

Aston Martin Racing will take part in this year’s Nurburgring 24 and Spa 24 Hours with a factory Vantage V12 GT3 car, the British manufacturer confirmed Friday.

Longstanding works drivers Darren Turner and Stefan Muecke will be joined by five-time N24 winner Pedro Lamy for the twice-around-the-clock German endurance classic, with the lineup for the Spa and additional Blancpain Endurance Series round at Silverstone to be confirmed at a later date.

The N24 effort will mark the third year of a five-year plan to win the race outright. The team’s Bilstein-liveried Vantage GT3 led for 13 hours of the race last year.

“Our GT3 has been extremely successful,” said AMR team principal John Gaw. “We launched it back in early 2012 as a well-developed machine and this allowed customer teams to win races from the off-set and meant that they were spared costly upgrades at the end of the year.

“Last year, the GT3’s performance in the Asian Le Mans Series granted Craft Racing a 24 Hours of Le Mans entry and it won the British GT Championship with Beechdean AMR. It also led N24 for 13 hours and set pole at Spa 24 Hours. We hope to build on this success in 2014.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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