Nicholas Mee Racing's third season of GT4 racing will include a second car in this year's Aston Martin GT4 Challenge.

The team's regular drivers Karsten Le Blanc and Christiaen Van Lanschot will return for another season in an updated 2011 specification car and new additions Mark Poole and Richard Abra took the keys to their new Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 at Aston's Banbury headquarters last week.

“Along with a number of other new entrants we welcome Mark and Andrew to the series, and I'm pleased that Nicholas Mee Racing – winner of the inaugural, 2009 AM Challenge – will be competing for the title again this year,” said Aston Martin Racing MD John Gaw. “Our growing series is certainly shaping up to provide another season of close and exciting competition”.

Team principal Nicholas Mee said; “We have a great driver line-up for 2011, and having sadly lost our Chief Engineer Craig Dawson to cancer earlier this year the whole team is especially motivated to compete strongly for the Challenge. With the addition of a second car we certainly have our work cut out, but I can't wait for the opening round at Silverstone on April 30”.

The nine round series, which is open to N24 and GT4 cars, also visits Donington Park and the historic tracks at Spa-Francorchamps and Dijon. Races are between 90 and 180 minutes in length.

As well as successful campaigns in the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge – winning the 2009 title – Nicholas Mee Racing also has a podium finish at last year's Dubai 24 Hours and a finish in last October's Britcar 24 Hours.