Aston Martin GT4 race car to compete in the US

Aston Martin’s hugely successful Vantage GT4 racer is hitting the North American season for the first time, Sell my Aston Martin has learned.

Multimatic Motorsports has been appointed by Aston Martin Racing as its official partner for two cars in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) for 2012.

Based in Toronto, the outfit has already won the series three times and the lead car will be driven by race-winners Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster. Movie star Patrick Dempsey will drive the second car, partnered in the opening round by Aston Martin chief engineer and experienced racer Chris Porritt.

The move is the result of a long-held dream for the GT4 to race in North America.

“In Multimatic we have a partner we know well who clearly knows how to win races and can help us spread the message that Aston
Martins are competitive and exceptionally reliable as well as beautiful to look at,” David King, Aston Martin’s head of motorsport, told Sell my Aston Martin.

Larry Holt, vice president of Multimatic Engineering, added: “It may take us a little while to get the car developed to front-running pace, but for sure we will get there and make a strong challenge for the title.”

The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 was developed from the almost standard V8 Vantage that took part in the 2006 Nurburgring 24 Hour. Closely based on that road car, it has the same 4.7-litre V8 engine, manual transmission and suspension design.

Sell my Aston Martin has been told that the Vantage GT4 race cars used for the CTSCC have been modified in key areas to comply with Grand-Am regulations and hone the chassis specifically for the series.

The season opener takes place in Daytona later this month, with a further nine rounds taking in circuits such as the infamous Laguna Seca and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the finale at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut in September.

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