Beechdean AMR clinched a dramatic class 3 win and overall race win on its return to the Britcar 24-Hour race at Silverstone. The final winning margin of over four laps did not do justice to the constant lead change during a weather affected night session.
The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 car ran faultlessly with an experienced line-up of the Beechdean GT3 drivers, Howard and Adam, and the youngsters from Beechdean’s GT4 car, Chadwick and Gunn, joining the regular Beechdean drivers was experienced GT4 driver, Whale. Aston Martin Evolutionary Academy drivers Jamie Chadwick and Ross Gunn, in their first 24-Hour race, proved their skill and determination to dominate the track. Chadwick taking the claim as the youngest ever driver and first female to win this prestigious race.
Being the third time Beechdean Motorsport have competed in this 24-Hour endurance race, the team proved their capability with their P1 finish, after qualifying first in their class and eleventh overall. 529 laps, 3,100km and 24 hours later, Beechdean dominated Dunlop 24-Hour at Silverstone.
The winning team’s success was a result of the reliability of the GT4 car, which performed highly with no problems, as well as the drivers speed and sensible strategy during their stints. Beechdean AMR made very good pit stops and the team played a clever strategy throughout the safety car periods, re-fuelling at regular intervals.
Despite a spell of torrential rain in the night, Beechdean AMR’s skill and teamwork, with great effort by the engineers and mechanics, protected their top position. Aston Martin Racing account manager, Harry Whale, maintained good control of the car with his GT4 experience, and where other drivers struggled with control of their cars in the weather conditions, the Aston Martin GT4 drove impeccably well.