GT4 champion Gunn joins Beechdean for 2017 ELMS title defence
Reigning European Le Mans Series GTE champion team Beechdean AMR will add factory Aston Martin driver Ross Gunn to its line-up to defend its title this season.
The team claimed the GTE division crown last season with two victories in the six-round series, overturning a 20-point deficit at the final round to clinch the title.
Team owner Andrew Howard and Darren Turner were part of the outfit’s three-man crew last year and will race again in 2016, with Gunn replacing former British Touring Car Championship driver Alex Macdowall in its line-up. The 20-year-old – who won the British GT4 title in 2015 alongside Jamie Chadwick – will contest his third campaign with Beechdean, although the 2017 season will be his first in the ELMS. Gunn will make his debut in the Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE at Silverstone in April, and is also hoping to race at Le Mans this season.
“Last year I went to all of the ELMS races apart from Austria and learned an awful lot,” he said. “The step to GT3 was very successful, and the natural step was to progress up to ELMS with Andrew and Darren this year.
“I’ve never driven alongside Darren so that in itself will be a really invaluable experience. He’s incredibly sociable – he’s a great person, bright and a good team leader as well. That’s the sort of thing as a young driver that I need to learn – to become similar to what he is now.”