Beechdean AMR announce two-car assault on GT World Challenge Europe
Endurance Cup entry confirmed with Aston Martin Vantage GT3
Two-car line-up for multi-title-winning British GT team
Team Principal Andrew Howard first confirmed driver
Beechdean AMR are delighted to announce an expansion into the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS with a pair of Aston Martin Vantage GT3s.
The team from High Wycombe, England, will embark on their first international race programme since 2019 in the five events that make up the Endurance Cup as they seek to add to their long list of motorsport successes.
One of the UK’s most successful GT racing teams of the past decade, Beechdean AMR claimed the British GT Championship’s overall GT3 crown in 2013 and 2015 and added GT4 titles in 2014, ‘15 and ‘19; all with the Aston Martin Vantage.
A European Le Mans Series GTE title was added in 2016 while the team has also taken an LMP1 victory in the same series, podium finishes in the Le Mans Cup and pole position at the legendary 24 Hours of Spa.
Team Principal Andrew Howard, who won both of the team’s British GT titles and the ELMS GTE crown behind the wheel, is the first announced driver for the programme.
Beechdean AMR are this week taking part in the GT World Challenge pre-season Prologue at Circuit Paul Ricard, France, with a single Vantage GT3.
Valentin Hasse-Clot - who made two British GT appearances for Beechdean AMR in 2019 - and fellow Frenchman Theo Nouet - who shared the 2020 GT4 European Series’ Silver Cup title with Valentin aboard an Aston Martin - are participating in the Prologue with the team.
The GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup; the centrepiece of which is the 24 Hours of Spa, Belgium, in July, begins at Imola, Italy, on April 1-3.
Further details regarding the programme - including the full driver line-up - will be announced in the coming weeks.
Andrew Howard, Driver/Team Principal, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to announce our return to international motorsport in the GT World Challenge Europe. It’s the first time we’ll have run a pair of GT3 cars internationally and we’re certainly aiming to be competitive from the get-go. We’ve been front-runners in every series we’ve ever raced in and we’re serious about success. When we announce full details of the programme later this month, it will be very clear how serious we are about achieving it.”
Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Calendar 2022
1-3/04: Imola (Italy)
3-5/06: Paul Ricard (France)
28-31/07: Spa 24 Hours (Belgium)
2-4/09: Hockenheim (Germany)
30/09 - 2/10: Barcelona (Spain)
About Beechdean Motorsport
Beechdean Motorsport are one of the UK’s most successful GT racing teams of the past decade. Founded by Andrew Howard in 2005 and debuting the following season, the High Wycombe-based outfit wasted little time becoming race winners in the British GT Championship and were series runners-up in the GTC category in 2007 with a Ferrari. Beechdean became an Aston Martin Racing customer team in 2008 and have remained loyal to the iconic British marque in GT competition ever since. Since making the switch, the team has won six British GT crowns across GT3 and GT4 categories, the European Le Mans Series GTE title and taken an outright pole position at the 24 Hours of Spa. A season in LMP1 prototype racing also resulted in a race win in the ELMS and a first start at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Notable drivers include Formula 1 World Champion Nigel Mansell, Le Mans winners Darren Turner and Jonny Adam and celebrity baker Paul Hollywood. In 2022, Beechdean AMR contest the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS with a pair of Aston Martin Vantage GT3s.