Aston Martin GT4 Challenge heads to Dijon posted on 09 September 2011
The Aston Martin GT4 Challenge will journey to Dijon, France for the final round of the one-make challenge this weekend.
In a year that has shown this one-make challenge to be one of the most action-packed, exciting and atmospheric in the racing calendar; the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge has featured more races this year than ever before and has visited such iconic venues as: Silverstone, Snetterton, Donington, Spa Francorchamps, Oulton Park and Brands Hatch. Almost every race has featured close driving, unexpected results and fantastic sportsmanship among the like-minded competitors.
The GT4 Challenge has inspired several individuals to take their first venture into GT4 racing including the BBC’s Chris Partridge who hosted a four part series of features on becoming a GT4 racing driver that focused on the Aston Martin one-make Challenge.
Commencing at Silverstone in April the series of races saw the Generation AMR car of Mark Poole and Richard Abra take the inaugural first place victory after a hard-won battle against Aston Martin guest driver; Red Bull Team Principal, Christian Horner. The series then travelled to Snetterton and, after an incident packed session the race was re-started with the Nicholas Mee Racing entry crossing the line to take first place at the hands of Karsten le Blanc and Dan De Zille.
A tense battle at Donington resulted in the first win for Chris Kemp, Stuart Hall and Tiffany Chittenden of Stratton Motorsport which led on to rounds five and six in Spa Francorchamps where Karsten le Blanc and Dan de Zille of Nicholas Mee Racing took two further victories. Oulton Park saw Tom Black and Alan Bonner in the Vantage Racing car take their first win of the series while last month, Brands Hatch offered up further excitement with Dan de Zille taking another win.
Earning further endorsement as a thoroughbred sports car, the V8 Vantage in both N24 and GT4 guise, has spent another year demonstrating its on-track capability and reliability. The series has continued to offer an exciting first step onto the GT4 ladder.
Practice and qualifying at Dijon begin at 09:10 (CET) and are due to conclude at 9:40 (CET) with the 80 minute race beginning at 13:00 (CET) on Sunday 11 September.