Aston Martin GT4 Challenge 2012 – Silverstone

Described by Aston head Dave Richards as “Gentleman’s Racing at it’s best”, the GT4 challenge is proving to be very popular. In the first season, the Challenge comprised six events including classic race circuits such as Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Donington with the highlight an opportunity to race at arguably the greatest race circuit of them all, Spa Francorchamps. The inaugural challenge in 2010 was won by the father and son team of Chris and Ant Scragg, their prize was a test drive in the stunning Aston Martin GT2 car for both drivers. In 2011 the series went down to wire with the winner Karsten Le Blanc being crowned at the last round at Dijon.

It’s proving to be a winning series, with an interesting calendar for 2012 as follwos:

28 April – Silverstone (National Circuit)
12 May – Oulton Park (International Circuit)
4 – 5 June – Brands Hatch (Indy Circuit)
14 – 16 June – Le Mans 24hr Support Race *
13 – 14 July – Brands Hatch (GP Circuit)
29 July – Donington Park (National Circuit)
14 – 15 September – Spa Francorchamps
29 September – Snetterton (300 Circuit)

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The races are between 60 and 180 minutes in length with practice, qualifying and the race all usually in the same day, with a prime early afternoon race start time. Hospitality is provided throughout the weekend by Aston Martin.The winning driver(s) will get the opportunity to test drive either the Aston Martin GT2 or GT3 car and will be recognised at a post-season awards evening.

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Author: Neill Watson

If you love the sound of the Cosworth V8 as much as the V12 Merlin, the smell of Jet A1 as much as Castrol R and admire the late Ray Hanna as much as Sir Stirling, you’ll find you’re both on the same page. Neill's love of art deco buildings means that his ideal home would be a brilliant white, 1930′s control tower in Southern France, with crisply mown grass, biplane parked on the driveway and a Ferrari 288GTO in the garage. This is something that those around him tolerate, though it does concern them from time to time.

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