AS­TON MARTIN CUP EX­PANDS

One-make se­ries opens to other brands to be­come Bri­tish GT feeder

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The As­ton Martin GT4 Cup will be opened up to other mar­ques this year as se­ries bosses aim to make it a feeder for Bri­tish GT.

The se­ries will re­turn to the Bri­tish GT sup­port bill this year, ap­pear­ing along­side it at the Brands Hatch, Oul­ton Park and Sil­ver­stone rounds. It will now op­er­ate for any model of ho­molo­gated GT4 car, not just the AMR Van­tage GT4 and N24 mod­els.

“We are look­ing to in­crease the grid of the GT4 Cup as at the mo­ment we are short on cars,” said ACR race di­rec­tor Roger Bennington. “The only way of do­ing this is to open it to other cars. We would like it to be­come a step­ping stone to Bri­tish GT as it is on the sup­port bill and would be less ex­pen­sive to con­test.”

The club’s In­ter­mar­que se­ries will also join the un­der­card at three rounds.

“The plan is to amal­ga­mate the As­ton Martin GT4 Cup and In­ter­mar­que grids for three of the Bri­tish GT rounds,” added Bennington. “They will have two sep­a­rate races – we would let one grid go 15 sec­onds be­fore the other and they would have sep­a­rate podi­ums. This makes it eco­nom­i­cal.”

There will also be three stand­alone events for all of the As­ton Martin Own­ers Club cat­e­gories. Th­ese will take place in the se­cond half of the sea­son at Brands Hatch (Indy), Snet­ter­ton and Sil­ver­stone.

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