BEECHDEAN ASTON GT3 OUT OF SNETTERTON IN BRITISH GT
Beechdean's Aston missing from the GT3 field in British GT is a rare occurance – Photo: Jakob Ebrey
Beechdean AMR had a difficult weekend at Spa Francorchamps on the 8th and 9th of July, with the GT3 retiring after a collision with a European GT4 car in the early stages of the race. The crash which took place during the first lap caused significant damage to the car.
The consequences of the collision mean that the Beechdean Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 car will not be taking part in the race at Snetterton. Beechdean AMR who are the current champions, have a long history in British GT and have not missed a race in the last five years. The decision to miss Snetterton has not been taken lightly and is devastating for a team who have been committed to British GT for many years.
“I am hugely disappointed that the car will be unable to take part in the upcoming race at Snetterton”, commented a frustrated Andrew Howard. “We always knew that this was going to be a development year for us, and sometime you have to take the rough with the smooth. British GT is an important series to us and we will continue to take part in the championship, despite this set back. I hope the championship continues to be the proving ground for the amateur driver.”
The current champions have made it clear from the start of the season that this year was a development year for the team, which saw Gunn stepping up to from GT4 to GT3. Gunn, who is also clearly disappointed by the news stated “It is a devastating blow for the team and I am disappointed that we will have to sit out Snetterton but it is all part of the risk when racing, crashes happen. The team have always done a great job and focused on the most important programs.”
The team plan to have the GT3 repaired and ready for the final race of the season at Donington. However, the race at Snetterton will still see two Beechdean AMR cars on the track, with Jamie Chadwick and Paul Hollywood competing in what will be their second race of the season together, at the penultimate meeting of the British GT championship.