Silverstone Start for AMOC 2011 Race Season!

24th March 2011

Silverstone Start for AMOC 2011 Race Season!

The AMOC race season kicks off at Silverstone with six races on Saturday April 30th, with hopes high for another exciting season of quality racing. In addition to the club’s own well-supported series and the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge endurance opening round, once again there will be two Ferrari races, promising what should be a raceday aiming to please any sportscar enthusiast.

Opening the race action, with a start time currently scheduled for 1.00pm, will be the first round of the 2011 Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain, a 90-minute endurance race featuring driver changes for the potent V8 Vantage race cars. Having provided close racing in its inaugural season in 2010, the burgeoning series has developed into a popular and competitive arena for established drivers as well as up-and-coming newcomers.

Returning from 2010 are names such as Chris Scragg, now sharing with Alan Hudd in a Saudade Motorsport GT4, as well as Alan Bonner and Tom Black, and Bernard Santal and Angelos Metaxa, the latter pairing showing their pace with a podium finish in the final round of last season. Of interest will be the two ‘works’ entries, with racer Owen Mildenhall paired up with Aston Martin designer Marek Reichman, and Formula One boss, and former single-seater racer, Christian Horner sharing with Aston Martin Chairman David Richards.

The 40-minute Pre 66 Series incorporating AMOC Classic race features some AMOC stalwarts out in a variety of machinery, Chris Scragg entered in an E-Type Jaguar, and Pete Foster in a Triumph TR4. Aston Martin honour will be upheld by the Project 214 recreation of Martin Brewer.

Heading the entries for the AMOC Pre 60 Series incorporating AMOC Historic is the always competitive DB2 of David and Anne Reed, and they will be challenged by a host of classic sportscars such as the Sunbeam Alpines of Keith Hampson and the duo of Graham Barker and Angela Sadler.

Final race of the day is the ever-popular AMOC Intermarque Championship, with includes several classes of the AMOC Classic series. With a bumper entry already heading towards 30-cars, the 40-minutes of race action should be a highlight of the day, with an eclectic mix of machinery ranging from the latest Vantage GT4, via various Ferrari and Porsche models, to classic DB4 lightweights from the late fifties and early sixties.

First of the two Ferrari races is the Pirelli Ferrari Formula Classic event, while the later Pirelli Ferrari Open features not only examples of the very latest F458 cars, but an F430 GT2 – a car still eligible for the Le Mans 24-Hours race.

Qualifying starts at 09.00am on Saturday morning, with the six race programme due to commence at 1.00pm. In addition to the racing, the AMOC shop will be present for members – and non-members – to browse and purchase form the extensive range of products.

Paul Jurd

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