Aston Martin GT4 Challenge 2011 Season Details Announced

The successful Aston Martin GT4 Challenge, which is based on the V8 Vantage road car, will return in 2011. The new racing season will see an increased number of races and an expanded grid. The series was first launched in 2010 and quickly grew in popularity. For the next season, there will be a total of nine races, including two rounds in mainland Europe at Spa Francorchamps and Dijon, as well as two longer, three hour races. As more teams join the series in 2011, the grid size is expected to grow to 20 cars in total.

The GT4 Challenge is open to Aston Martin Vantage N24 and GT4 cars, including the new enhanced Vantage GT4 for 2011. Announced in December 2010, the car features a new aero package inspired by the V12 Vantage and further enhancements to the engine and ABS / traction control system. To ensure competitive racing, there will be mandatory pit stops and teams can have one, two or three drivers.

A father and son partnership of Chris and Ant Scragg team took home the gold this year, winning every round of the six-race series. Despite adding three races to the calendar, the entry fee is still the same as in 2010: £12,950 (€15,236) per car. The package also includes: Aston Martin Racing overalls; hospitality; on-event technical support; and a fitness appraisal with Aston Martin Racing Driver Performance.

“This year showed what demand there was from Aston Martin owners for their own one-make series and it is because of their positive feedback and their suggestions that we are expanding the series next year and including longer races. I was fortunate to have competed at the Silverstone round this year and I fully intend to get behind the wheel again in 2011; this time in the new Vantage GT4,” said Aston Martin Chairman, David Richards.

Provisional 2011 calendar:
  • 30 April Silverstone (90 min)
  • 14 May Snetterton (180 min)
  • 25 June Donington Park (180 min)
  • 26 June Donington Park (90 min)
  • 8-9 July Spa Francorchamps (2 x 60 min)
  • 6 August Oulton Park (90 min)
  • 27 August Brands Hatch (90 min)
  • 10-11 September Dijon Prenois (80 min)
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