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Aston Martin Vantage GT Makes Grand-Am Debut

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The TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT made its debut in a thrilling Grand-Am Rolex series race, piloted by Aston Martin works driver Darren Turner and TRG regular Brandon Davis.

The duo began the race from tenth in the new Vantage GT, which is based on the highly successful Vantage GT3 but designed to Grand-Am specifications, making it eligible for next year’s inaugural United Sports Car Racing championship.

“We used this race as a test session; we needed to gather loads of data so that we can carry on improving it,” explained Turner, who helped guide the car to a tenth place finish. “Throughout the race the pace was getting better and the guys did a great job to help it develop lap-after-lap, as well as nailing every pit stop.

“Grand-Am is incredibly competitive and the teams here have been doing it for many years. We’d never expect to walk in with a new car and be competitive straight away but to finish, and to make such great progress, points to a positive future for the Vantage GT.”

In the Grand-Am support race, the Continental Tyre Sports Car Challenge, two of the three TRG-AMR Vantage GT4s were in prime position for a strong finish. However, as a late race caution bunched the field up, both cars were involved in a final lap accident, dropping down to be classed as 10th and 11th in the GS class.

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