AMOC Action at Brands Hatch

22nd August 2011

Five races will provide some exciting sportscar action as the Aston Martin Owners Club visits Brands Hatch this coming Saturday, August 27th, the Kent circuit always providing close and dramatic racing. Once more the races will see a broad spectrum of cars take to the track, from the Pre-War Team Challenge runners, with cars dating back to the 1920s, to the latest GT4 Vantages out in the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain.

With practice sessions all morning, first race will be for the combined AMOC pre 60 and Pre 66 fields, a 40-minute race with compulsory pitstop scheduled for 13.30. A host of Aston Martins will be on the grid, ranging from the DB2 of Anne and David Reed to the DB4 of Robert Rawe and the DB4 GT of rapid duo Peter Thornton and David Garrett. Taking the challenge to the Astons are entries such as the Sunbeam Alpine of Graham Barker and Angela Sadler, and the Elva Courier of Angus Dent and Peter Barnard, which should suit the tight Brands circuit.

Longest race of the day is the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain, a 90-minute event for the rapid V8s. The racing has been close all season, with the Vantage Racing pairing of Tom Black and Alan Bonner taking their first win at Oulton Park earlier this month after a consistent run of podium finishes. Rapid cars to watch for should include the Generation AMR duo of Mark Poole and Richard Abra, winners of the opening round back in April, and Karsten le Blanc and Dan de Zille in the Nicholas Mee Racing GT4, winners of three races so far this season.

The AMOC Intermarque series has provided the highlight of several meetings so far this year, with the varied entry providing some exciting racing. The Sunbeam Tigers have been a dominant force, and Tristan Bradfield and Zoe North have their examples entered, while Wayne Marrs has been chasing podium finishes in his Ferrari F355, and Mike Johnson has had his 911 SC on the podium – a car he often drives to and from the circuit! Upholding Aston Martin’s reputation in the 40-minute race should be the N24 of Steven Byrne and Spencer Marsh, Robert and Sean Brown’s DB4 Lightweight, and the similar car of Conor O’Brien, to pick just a few from a strong entry.

The 15-minute Pre-War Team Challenge sees a grid of cars from the 1920s and 30s, a reminder of how racing used to be and the strong Aston Martin presence highlighting the sporting heritage of the marque. From the diminutive Austin 7 Specials with their 747cc engines – supercharged in the cars of Christian Pederson’s example – to the mighty four litre plus Lagondas, and the Bentley of Clive Morley, the venerable racers are hustled round the track with an élan, gusto, and a willingness to slide, that will delight any racing enthusiast.

Rounding out the day’s action is the 30-minute AMOC Enduro event, which brings together an intriguing mix of cars. Geoff Finlay’s Ferrari F458 Challenge represents the very latest in sportscar technology, but is up against quality machinery such as Wayne Marrs’ ex-Le Mans Ferrari F360 GT2, and the Porsche 935s of Richard Chamberlain and Mark Ticehurst. Steven Byrne and Spencer Marsh are out once more in their Aston Martin N24, with Anthony Worthington and Nicholas King sharing their DB4 Lightweight.

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