VUL­CAN TO GET UK RAC­ING DE­BUT

Hyper­car to com­pete at an As­ton Martin Own­ers Club meet­ing

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish

The As­ton Martin Vul­can is set to make its race de­but at the As­ton Martin Own­ers Club’s Snet­ter­ton meet­ing next month.

There will be a spe­cial 90-minute AMR As­ton Martin Chal­lenge race at the July 23 meet­ing which will be open to any of the mar­que’s cars, with at least one Vul­can ex­pected to be on the grid.

The track-fo­cused Vul­can was first launched in 2015 but has yet to race com­pet­i­tively. It fea­tures a seven-litre en­gine that de­liv­ers 800bhp. No driv­ers have been an­nounced yet, but it is ex­pected that one of AMR’S ac­tive ros­ter of fac­tory driv­ers will likely han­dle the car. Nur­bur­gring spe­cial­ist Peter Dum­breck has also con­ducted demo laps in the Vul­can reg­u­larly.

As­ton Club Rac­ing di­rec­tor Roger Ben­ning­ton said: “The plan is to run one or two Vul­cans for their first race. It’s quite ex­cit­ing and will hope­fully get a bit of a crowd in.”

Ben­ning­ton added that en­tries were go­ing to be di­verse, and that there was a plan to also run the Lola-as­ton Martin B09/60 LMP1 car, which raced at Le Mans in 2009 and 2010, and also ap­peared dur­ing the As­ton Martin Fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tion event at La Sarthe last year.

“We are also work­ing to have an LMP1 car, GT2S and quite a few GT3S – en­tries are start­ing to come in now,” said Ben­ning­ton. “As long as it has got an As­ton badge on it, it can en­ter and there will be lots of dif­fer­ent classes. There will also be un­re­stricted noise lim­its for the race and three hours of ex­clu­sive test­ing on the Fri­day.”

Be­sides the 90-minute en­duro, there will also be a full pro­gramme of the club’s cat­e­gories.

“There will also be a Pre-war Team Chal­lenge race and races for In­ter­mar­que, Mul­ti­mar­que, Equipe GTS, Innes Ire­land Cup and 50s Sports Cars so it will be quite a full-on day,” added Ben­ning­ton. “We are re­ally try­ing to push the Mul­ti­mar­que se­ries and we would like to get some other cars like Fer­raris and Porsches in it. There are a lot of older GT cars that don’t re­ally fit into other se­ries.”

Pho­tos: Gary Hawkins, Richard Styles, Steve Jones

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