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Podium for Stratton Motorsport Team at AMR 2018 Festival Race, Le Mans

This weekend saw Stratton Motorsport/AMR TGR driver, Jeff Huber, take 3rd in the GT4 Class of the AMR Festival Race at Le Mans.

The Aston Martin Racing Festival Race is always a crowd pleaser, and this one was no exception with no less than 37 of Aston Martin's finest taking to the circuit. 

 

With three Aston Martin Vulcan's, including the overall race winner driven by Dumbreck and Harris from Aston Martin Performance Centre, an Aston Martin GTE, four Aston Martin GT3's, one Aston Martin GT2, one Aston Martin DBR9 and no less than 23 Aston Martin GT4's there was some stiff competition for Stratton Motorsport's three car team of drivers,  David Tinn, Robin Marriott and, from AMR KRG, Jeff Huber.

After qualifying on Thursday  David, Jeff and Robin found themselves in the middle of the pack in 20th, 21st and 24th positions on the grid for the start of the  50 minute race.

 

With one or two early incidents resulting in the safety car being brought out for a significant first part of the race our boys fought it out with Jeff going home to the USA with the silverware for 3rd in class.  David Tinn battled hard to come home in 5th  place with Robin managing a very respectable 18th.

Click on the photo to see the race in full

2018 Aston Martin GT Challenge - Oulton Park

Stratton Motorsport entered 4 Aston Martin GT4's into the Aston Martin GT Challenge at Oulton Park, one of many races held through the day by AMOC Racing.

Qualification went well with David Tinn/Robert Tinn, Tom Black Robin Marriott and John Dickson/Paul Eales qualifying in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th in class respectively.

After an unfortunate incident involving a Ginetta David & Robert Tinn were forced to retire from the race the rest of the team all moved up a notch with the final result; Tom Black 2nd, Robin Marriott 3rd and John Dickson/Paul Eales coming a respectable 4th in class.

The overall race winner was Tony Jones in his Ferrari 430 Challenge with a well deserved win in the GT4 class by McKinlay & Hill and the guys from Team Brit.

British GT / F3 Media Day - Donington

Six BRDC British F3 teams were in action at Donington Park yesterday (6 March) as pre-season preparations ramped up ahead of the official media day today.

A total of 15 drivers took to the track today, with leading times reported in the 1m24.8s bracket. The day started with damp conditions but the track dried quickly, with drivers able to push harder in the afternoon.

We love this shot of Stratton Motorsports Formula 3 car front and centre today as we gently put it through it's paces.

Keith Luk - Track Day at Bedford Autodrome

Our customer Keith Luk, had a great day at Bedford Autodrome today in one of our Lotus Evora Track Day cars.

He and the car were supported throughout the day by two of our team members, Justin Gathercole and Dan Sadler.

With the whole track to himself, and with expert one to one instruction provided by Garry Findlay, he made quick progress.

Garry suggested they split the 3 hours into 2 sessions, which Keith agrees was the right decision.  

The weather was not great for the first part of the session with Garry explaining the track and demonstrating a few laps before handing the controls over to Keith.   But the rain soon stopped and the rest of the day was dry.

Keith told us it is a fast track with some good high speed corners, and the Evora had enough power to dice round it.

Using the first session to learn the track and familiarise himself with the car, and after a spot of revision during the coffee break, Keith was able to put Garry's advise to good use and was happy to report improved lap times in the second session.

Keith just had time to send us a quick thank you email before rushing off to meet his wife at Heathrow, but is hoping to come back with some friends and we're very much looking forward to seeing him again for a similar day later in the year.  

Stratton Motorsport joins BRDC British F3 from 2018

Stratton Motorsport will expand to compete in the BRDC British F3 Championship in 2018, with the ability to run a three car entry. 

The Norwich-based squad, owned by Roger Bennington, has a motorsport history dating over 40 years and have enjoyed championship-winning success in both GT racing and historic motorsport in the past decade. 

The team achieved championship success in British GT in 2006 and 2008 and, most recently, successfully campaigned a Lotus Evora GT4 in the series driven by Stuart Hall and Gavan Kershaw. Stratton also run a fleet of Aston Martin Vantage V8s in a variety of categories including the Aston Martin Owner’s Club Championship, GT4 Challenge and several 24 hour races, winning the GT4 Challenge series for four years running. 

The move to BRDC British F3 Championship marks their first foray into single seater racing, and the team have linked up with Roly Vincini’s P1 Sport operation as well as recruiting former GP2 mechanics to assist with the operation of the cars alongside Stratton’s existing staff. Vincini, now Stratton’s ‘Head of Technical,’ has vast experience with single seater racing on an international level, and will actively recruit drivers for the new team. 

As well as a successful racing team, the parent operation, Stratton Motor Company, is well known worldwide for both historic and modern Aston Martin and Lotus motor cars.   

The team has confirmed it will have one of its brand new, freshly-liveried Tatuus Cosworth cars on display on the Sunoco stand at this week’s Autosport International Show, with staff representatives available for any enquiries.

Team Motor Sport Manager David Kershaw commented: “We’re very excited to be expanding our operation to race in the BRDC British F3 Championship. This is a new venture for us and we’re very confident that we’ll be able to run competitively right away. 

“We have recruited staff with top-line single seater experience and have three of the latest specification F3 championship cars. We believe we are a very attractive proposition for aspiring drivers. We have won everything we have turned our hand to and are confident we will be able to do the same in British F3”.

Our War Horse Returns

And so we bring our war horse back in one piece. After a brutal non stop stint on a race track, running flat out for 24 hours in a hot country. We had only a few minor obstacles to overcome but nothing that couldn't be sorted with our teams wealth of experience and maybe some gaffer tape and cable ties.

All 4 of our drivers have done so well, to maintain that level of concentration for that period of time in itself is a brilliant victory.

Less than a month ago we had boxes upon boxes of new parts and upgrades for our Aston Martin but nothing that resembled a finished car ready to take part in such a demanding race. Our race technicians have done an incredible job and once again have demonstrated what Stratton Motorsport is so very capable of achieving.

The final result, we finished 19th from a grid of 40 cars and a P4 in Class. Well done to everyone involved and a safe trip back.

Photos by Ed Williamson-Brown.

P2 Qualification - 24H Barcelona

Qualifying with 6 minutes to go....... finished in P2. Bring on race day!!

Final Preparation

Final prep for qualifying and night practice at Barcelona 24H

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