For the first time since 2006, Beechdean Aston Martin Racing will not appear on the British GT grid.
The team has made the decision to take a sabbatical for the 2017 season as their attention is fully focused on the European Le Mans Series participation and their second appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They also have several SRO events lined up this year.
The team announced a few weeks ago that last year’s GT3 driver Ross Gunn would be joining the team in ELMS for this season, which now becomes clear was in preparation for this announcement. Team Boss Andrew Howard had tasked Gunn with finding a GT3 teammate for this season if he wanted to race in the series, but it appears he was offered a chance to step up into the ELMS team instead.
Beechdean has been a prominent front running team in British GT, with Jack Bartholomew missing out on claiming the GT4 title last year but a handful of points. In their British GT career, the team managed to secure 20 class victories and 4 drivers championships in ten years. It is this success they will be hoping to take to the ELMS paddock.
On the announcement, Howard commented: “British GT is one of the best Pro-Am championships in Europe, and we look forward to returning in the near future.”
As it stands, it appears the team may be only taking one year off. But their success in ELMS with evidently play a contributing factor to when they return to the British GT paddock.
(quote and image: www.beechdeanmotorsport.co.uk)