Since its inception in 2010, the series has steadily grown in popularity and now grids of up to 15 cars regularly compete on some the most iconic race circuits in the UK and Europe, including Silverstone, Spa Francorchamps, Brands Hatch and Donington.
2013 is a particularly special year for Aston Martin, as it is the centenary of the company’s formation, 100 years of manufacturing some of the most iconic sports cars in the world. To celebrate, there will be a special centenary event at Brands Hatch, open to all owners of Aston Martin Racing cars across the world, including GT4, GT3, GT2, GT1 and GTE. The weekend will also see two rounds of the 2013 GT4 Challenge of Great Britain.
While the GT4 Challenge is primarily about competitive racing in FIA level GT4 cars, there is also great camaraderie among its participants and the rivalry on the track soon turns to a friendly social atmosphere in the Aston Martin race centre hospitality unit, which accompanies every round. In 2013, there are plans to introduce more social events away from the track.
The Challenge is also a great gateway into GT4 racing. In 2012 Aston Martin Racing helped several complete novices realise their dreams of gaining their race licences and competing in the Vantage GT4. The team’s race driver training programme took them through a formal course over a number of days, including time in a simulator, as well as professional one-on-one tuition in an Aston Martin road car and Vantage GT4. All the participants gained their national B race licence enabling them to compete in the GT4 Challenge, as well as many other official race series and track days.
These competitors in the GT4 Challenge did not even need to own their cars. There are several teams in the series, in addition to Aston Martin Racing, who will provide a car, technical support and pit crew for each event, allowing the competitor to focus on driving.
- 6 April Silverstone
- 11 May Oulton Park
- 1 June Donington Park
- 6 July Centenary Festival (Brands Hatch Indy)
- 7 July Centenary Festival (Brands Hatch GP)
- 26/27 July Spa Francorchamps
- 28 Sept Snetterton 300
For more information on taking part in the GT4 Challenge go to www.astonmartin.com/gt4challenge or contact:
Challenge Series Administrator
T 01676 536111
M 07794 072291
For information on the driver training programme contact:
Senior Sales Manager
T 01295 273355
M 07788 567396
Competing in an Aston Martin Racing car is not only about driving one of the most highly engineered sports cars in the world, but is as much about being part of a global iconic brand with a motor racing heritage which stretches back for 90 years.
Aston Martin’s international racing debut was at the 1923 French Grand Prix, but it was not until David Brown acquired the company in 1947, that a new era of racing was ushered in, with a series of high-powered DB-badged sports and racing cars. As well as winning the 1957 Belgian Grand Prix and 1958 Goodwood Tourist Trophy, the team clinched the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1959 with Roy Salvadori andCarroll Shelby. Following that famous victory, there was no factory Aston Martin presence for more than 40 years, when in 2004 Aston Martin and Prodrive formed Aston Martin Racing to lead the marque in a successful return to sports car racing.
In 2007, Aston Martin Racing took a class win at Le Mans with the DBR9, just over two years after the car’s winning debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2005. The team followed this up in 2008 with a second successive GT1 class win, this time in the iconic colours of Gulf Oil. In 2013 Aston Martin celebrates it centenary; 100 years of creating some of the world's most loved and cherished cars.