Beechdean Aston Martin Racing (AMR) is set to take part in the 85th running of the world’s most famous race on June 17th/18th, the 24 hours of Le Mans, and have today announced its 2017 driver line up.
The Aston Martin Racing Factory run team will field the #99 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE car for Andrew Howard, Beechdean AMR’s team owner and driver, Le Mans rookie Ross Gunn and experienced GT race driver Olly Bryant.
Reigning European Le Mans Series Champion Andrew Howard commented on his return to the Le Mans, stating “To be taking part in the ultimate endurance race for the second time is amazing. Last year we stuck to our race plan and achieved the finish, this year we hope to be more competitive. I’m excited to get to work with Olly and continuing with my ELMS team-mate Ross.”
Beechdean AMR’s European Le Mans Series GTE youngster, Ross Gunn, will take to Circuit de la Sarthe for the first time in June. Having shown promise in the first round of the ELMS at Silverstone, Gunn is aware of the task ahead of him commenting, “Every driver on the planet dreams of racing at this event, and to be here so early in my career is very special. I have learnt a lot about the car and GTE racing over the past few months and I know we have a big task ahead. Thank you to the team and Andrew for this incredible opportunity”.
Multiple British GT race winner Bryant will join the team at Circuit de la Sarthe for the first time a year after making his debut at the prestigious event. With a GT career stretching back to 2002, Bryant will bring valuable experience to the team: “I am delighted to be making a return to Le Mans. Finishing 9th last year gave me a taste for the incredible event. I am excited to be joining Andrew, Ross and Beechdean AMR in such a competitive car. Our goal is the podium, and I’d like to thank my sponsors for making this possible”.