Re­turn for Beechdean

MO­TOR RAC­ING

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

BUCKS-based Beechdean As­ton Martin Rac­ing will re­turn to the As­ton Martin Mo­tor­sport Fes­ti­val at this week­end’s Le Mans 24-hour with GTE, GT3 and GT4 Van­tage race cars.

The As­ton Martin-ex­clu­sive race will take place be­fore the main en­durance event, with prac­tice and qual­i­fy­ing ses­sions in the pre­ced­ing days at the Cir­cuit de la Sarthe.

An­drew Howard, Beechdean AMR owner and 2013 Bri­tish GT Cham­pion, is rac­ing in his As­ton Martin GTE V8 Van­tage for the first time, along­side tour­ing car cham­pion Liam Grif­fin.

The pres­ti­gious event will also see the GT3 car driven by Bri­tish GT rac­ing duo Phil Dry­burgh and John Gaw, while Great Bri­tish Bake off star Paul Hol­ly­wood will take the wheel of the GT4 along­side David Richards.

Howard, who is also the Wy­combe Wan­der­ers chair­man, said: “By adding a GTE car into the team we are ex­pand­ing for the fu­ture and we have a step­ping stone from a na­tional to a world cham­pi­onship. The fes­ti­val race is a great ex­hi­bi­tion of As­ton Martin Rac­ing’s his­tory, but also gives us an early sight­ing for next year.”

This fol­lows a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Avon Tyres Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship win for Beechdean AMR young­sters Ross Gunn and Jamie Chad­wick at the Sil­ver­stone 500 last week.

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