Aston Martin will be competing in their second 24-hour race on the back of last weekend’s 24-hour race at Le Mans, with four Aston Martin Vantage GT4s competing in this weekend’s 2019 ADAC TOTAL 24 Hours at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in what many deem to be the world’s toughest long-distance race.
There is a two-car entry from the works AMR Performance Centre in the SP8T class for close-to-production cars, with a top driver line-up of three-time Le Mans class winner Darren Turner and Aston Martin High Performance test driver Chris Goodwin, who will join Christian Gebhardt in the #36 car.
AMR Junior driver and W-Series championship leader Jamie Chadwick and former ELMS champion Alex Brundle team-up with N24 veteran Peter Cate in the #37 Vantage GT4.
There will also be two more Vantage GT4s competing, run by the Nürburgring-based Aston Martin Racing partner team PROsport Performance in the SP10 class. Christoph Breuer, Kay van Berlo, Alexander Mies and Mike David Ortmann will drive the #68 car, while Jörg Viebahn, Nicolaj Moller-Madsen and Jonas Lappaleinen will be in the fourth #76 Vantage GT4.
“I love racing in the N24.” Says Darren Turner. “It’s the toughest circuit on the planet and one of the most challenging events of the year, no matter what class you are racing in. Last year we finished fourth in the final race for the V12 Vantage GT3; ‘The Old Lady’, in the top SP9 class. This time around we have the privilege of giving the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 it’s N24 debut. The SP8T class is well balanced, and because of the way the rules work, we have access to more power than would normally be available in a GT4 so it’s really fun to drive it hard. During the recent VLN qualifier, the car performed exceptionally well so I have high hopes of another strong result.”
Aston Martin Racing President, David King added: “Two 24-hour races in two weekends featuring significant four-car Aston Martin entries, underlines the strength in depth of our current contingent. With more than 60 Vantage GT3 and GT4 cars now in active service and competition around the world, there is no place on Earth more appropriate than the Nürburgring for the GT4 to make its international 24-hour race debut. The car performed exceptionally well in both its VLN debut and the recent six-hour Qualifier race on the Nordschleife, so our sights are trained firmly on earning a podium finish for both cars in the SP8T class.”
The race gets under way at 15:30 CET tomorrow afternoon, but is preceded by an Aston Martin Festival parade lap, which will feature a procession of roadgoing examples of this iconic British sportscar. For more information on the race please visit www.nuerburgring.de
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of Aston Martin Racing