Aston Martin, specifically, Aston Martin Racing, the official motorsport division of the British sports car manufacturer, recently made its return
to racing in the U.S., debuting at the Laguna Seca leg of the 2011 American Le Mans Series--a race which it won
Since then, we’ve also seen Aston Martin Racing play a part
at this year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona, with a pair of V8 Vantage GT4s
being raced together with Multimatic Motorsports.
Now, Aston Martin Racing has confirmed that its other race cars (Vantage GTE
and V12 Vantage GT3
) will also be seen in local competition from 2013 onwards thanks to a new deal with The Racers Group.
Under the deal, a new entity will be created, TRG-AMR, which will focus on bringing all Aston Martin race cars to motorsport events in the U.S. TRG-AMR will initially have 10 new race cars available for the new motorsport season.
The partnership's new Vantage GTE will be unveiled at the Sebring winter test session in early February, ahead of the Twelve Hours of Sebring in March. Examples of the V8 Vantage GT4 will be available from January.
Meanwhile, the partnership’s Vantage GT3 is undergoing final homologation with a view to being available for competition in The Grand American Rolex Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Series.
TRG-AMR is also assembling an infrastructure and management team capable of assisting any customer team that wants to race an Aston Martin in the U.S., so expect more announcements soon.
Aston Martin’s portfolio of race cars has proven quite successful over the years. The Vantage GTE was entered in the 12 Hours of Sebring as part of Aston Martin Racing's World Endurance Championship program earlier this year, scoring a podium finish. It also scored a third in class position at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year and finished second overall in the World Endurance Championship.
The V8 Vantage GT4, meanwhile, scored 11 race victories in its debut season.
And with a partnership with the The Racers Group, we can expect many more wins. Based in California, the firm has a legacy of motorsport success that dates back to the 1990s, with wins and championships that include the Rolex 24 at Daytona (four times, once overall), the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Petit Le Mans and two Grand-Am championships amongst a host of podium finishes.
In a statement, Julian Jenkins, the head of Aston Martin’s U.S. division, said, “There has long been a strong appetite from owners, enthusiasts and race fans alike to see Aston Martin in regular motorsport competition in North America, so this partnership is an excellent opportunity to further realize that ambition as we approach our centenary year.”