Beechdean Aston Martin Racing (AMR) endured a difficult final round of the 2016 British GT season, but managed to successfully secure second in the GT4 drivers’ standings.
Driver Jack Bartholomew, a GT rookie, also took the Silver Cup Championship. Overall the team have had a decent season and Bartholomew certainly delivered more than expected in his first year.
Beechdean AMR driver Bartholomew started the 2 hour “Donington Decider” race with a genuine chance of taking the 2016 British GT, GT4 title. Bartholomew and outgoing British GT4 champion Ross Gunn, took a comfortable pole position for the Sunday two hour race. Unfortunately, the pairing dropped off the pace in the final stages of the race due to a rare technical problem to the Beechdean Aston Martin Vantage V8 GT4 #407 car.
Bartholomew commented, “Everyone in the team did a great job this weekend. It just wasn’t meant to be. But it is my debut season in British GT and I am only seventeen – so getting second and being Silver Cup Champion is still amazing. I’ve really enjoyed my first season in GT racing and have learnt a lot. I will be back.”
“Sunday was certainly tough to swallow”, said Aston Martin Racing factory driver Ross Gunn. “After qualifying on pole, Jack and I had reason to believe that it might be possible to take the title. Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out that way, but I have enjoyed 2016 and hope to be back next year.”
In the sister GT4 car, celebrity baker Paul Hollywood and BRDC Rising Star Jamie Chadwick finished their end of season with a 11th place finish, just outside the points scoring positions. Hollywood drove over the course of the first hour and was able to produce consistent lap times. Chadwick then proved known capabilities once more by making up places amongst the GT4 ranks and closing in on the cars ahead.
“I had a great race”, said a satisfied Hollywood. “Donington has always been a circuit I wanted to race – I finished which is a major tick. I can’t wait to race again soon. Big thanks to Beechdean for giving me the opportunity to race.”
Chadwick stated, “It was great to be back in the Beechdean AMR team again at Donington – I was pleased with my stint and Paul did a great job for his first visit to the circuit. Hopefully we will race together again soon!”
Although British GT has reached the end of its season, it is certainly not the end of Beechdean AMR’s season. The team still have two more races remaining in The European Le Mans Series. Beechdean AMR are currently second in the title race and will face a fierce battle in Spa Francorchamps. With the race only two weeks away, the team are solely focused on preparing for the upcoming Belgium round.
If you didn’t manage to make it down to the Beechdean Track Shop on Sunday, don’t worry. You can still get all of the merchandise online. Beechdean AMR are also still offering fans 45% off all Ellesse products, to celebrate the end of the season. Use BDFAN45 at checkout.