Aston Martin Vantage N24s

22nd January 2008

Aston Martin Vantage N24s

The N24 is certainly proving to be a popular GT4 car: four of them, already seen at Goodwood before Christmas, have been out testing in Spain, while Michael Mallock is now confirmed to race an RS Williams entered example, in the European GT4 Cup (an FIA-sanctioned series, but not an official FIA Championship).

Unbeaten in the Marsh Plant Aston Martin DB4 in 2005 and 2006, and with impressive results from the fabulous 1984 Aston Martin Nimrod, Michael Mallock was a natural choice as driver for the RS Williams N24.

“Our relationship with the Mallock family goes back a long time,” explains Richard Williams, Managing Director. “Having worked with Ray (Mallock) over the course of many years, it is a delight to think we will be working with his son Michael, as we embark upon this exciting new project.”

Richard Williams, and the company he founded, will always be associated with some of the most glorious days in Aston Martin’s motor racing history, and after a number of years away from direct involvement in the sport, the arrival of the GT4 Aston Martin N24 represented an opportunity that was simply too good to miss.

“Motor racing is a bit of an addiction,” suggests Williams. “It gets deep into your blood, and sometimes it’s hard to shake it off. I’m just very pleased to be back, and I know it’s going to be great fun. That should be the whole goal in motorsport – enjoying yourself – that and winning of course!”

“This will be my first full season of racing since 2001,” said an enthusiastic Michael Mallock. “I can’t wait – it’s brilliant! It’s been a long period of picking up one-off drives here and there, so it’s fantastic to be given this opportunity to race a full season again, and with such a fantastic team. They certainly know their Astons! I think we’re in for a good year. The GT4 Cup is very competitive but we’ve had such excellent results in testing that I’d be very surprised if we’re not winning races and fighting hard for the title.”

He’ll be racing against the likes of David Scott, David Brooker-Carey and Tom Black this year, these three looked after by Hugh Chamberlain and Steve Hay. The two Davids raced their cars last year, and will be joined by Tom Black’s in 2008.

Seen in a line-up at Guadix in Spain recently are the three mentioned above, plus the car owned by Steven Byrne. Peter Snowdon has been coaching this relative novice, and points out that the silver car is road registered and that “Steven has driven it to work, along the Aston Express Way naturally, just to prove the point!”

The silver one has yet to be fitted with an upgrade kit (hence the back to back testing with the other three, which have) and will run in “either the European series or in British GTs. Steven is looking for someone to race it for most of the year: he might well race it towards the end of the season.”

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