GT4 cham­pion Gunn joins Beechdean for 2017 ELMS ti­tle de­fence

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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.”

Gunn: ELMS mover

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