Aston Martin’s design director receives custom Vantage GT4

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Marek Reichman, Aston Martin's Design Director, will take part in Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain, driving a Vantage GT4 race car. Reichman, a known motorsport enthusiast, is a regular competitor in historic club racing.

Sharing driving duties with Reichman at the race is Chris Porritt, Aston Martin’s Engineering Manager. Porritt is an experienced GT4 driver on the 90-minute category of the race. The Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain -- a one-make series created for owners of the Vantage GT4 and the Vantage N24 – takes place at the Oulton Park Circuit in Cheshire, England on August 21.

It gives owners of Aston Martin racing cars an opportunity to compete on a level playing field with the full support of the factory. The races are between 90 and 150 minutes in length, and drivers have to deal with practice, qualifying and the race in the same day.

As for their car, the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 is a production-based race car that is eligible to take part in FIA GT4 competitions and in other series around the world. To date, Vantage GT4 boasts of class victories in the Dubai, Nürburgring and Spa 24 Hours, the Nürburgring VLN endurance series and four wins – out of six races -- in the FIA GT4 European Cup.

According to Reichman, Aston Martin’s design team has been involved in the design of the carmaker’s race cars, including the works LMP1 prototype and the Vantage GT4. He noted that by taking part in the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge, he has now become more deeply involved, this time as a driver.

Porritt noted that while most of his GT4 experience with Aston Martin has been at the Nürburgring in Germany, he considers Oulton Park as his home track, having raced his own cars at the circuit several times, although none of them were in an Aston Martin.

He quipped that so far, the standard of racing in the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain has been extremely high, which means that he and Reichmann need to do more to keep up with the front runners. David King, Aston Martin's Head of Motorsport, remarked that the Vantage N24/GT4 has been an outstanding performer in GT4 and other classes since 2006.

He added that no matter the type of race is, the Aston Martin Vantage N24/GT4 has been able to deliver class wins and podiums thanks to its performance, reliability and ease of handling.

King quipped that the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain aims to serve as a focal point for customers to enter the world of GT4 racing by holding events on challenging race circuits as backed by Aston Martin Racing.

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ASTON MARTIN DESIGN DIRECTOR TO MAKE VANTAGE GT4 RACING DEBUT

Aston Martin's Design Director, Marek Reichman is to embark on his maiden race in a Vantage GT4 competing in the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain at Oulton Park on Saturday 21 August.
Marek, who is a keen motorsport enthusiast and regular competitor in historic club racing, will share driving duties with Aston Martin Engineering Manager, Chris Porritt; himself an experienced GT4 racer for the 90-minute race on the notoriously challenging Cheshire circuit later this month.

Speaking ahead of the race, Marek said: "The design team has been closely involved in the design of all our race cars, from the works LMP1 prototype to the Vantage GT4, but I've always longed to get even more closely involved and the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge provides the perfect introduction to GT4 racing for me."

The Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain is a one make series exclusively for owners of the Vantage GT4 and the Vantage N24. The races are between 90 and 150 minutes in length with practice, qualifying and the race all in the same day. The series is the perfect opportunity for owners of Aston Martin racing cars to compete on a level playing field on some of the very best racing circuits with the full support of the factory.

Marek's co-driver, Chris Porritt, added: "Most of my GT4 experience with Aston Martin has been at the Nürburgring, but Oulton Park is my home track and while I've raced my own cars there many times, I've never had the opportunity in an Aston Martin. The standard of racing in the series so far has been extremely high so Marek and I will have our work cut out to keep up with the front runners."

The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 is a production-based race car eligible for all FIA GT4 races as well as other race series around the world. 2010 successes to date include class wins in the Dubai, Nürburgring and Spa 24 Hours, numerous class wins in the Nürburgring VLN endurance series and four wins out of six in the FIA GT4 European Cup.

Aston Martin's Head of Motorsport, David King commented: "The Aston Martin Vantage N24/GT4 has been the outstanding performer in GT4 and other classes around the world since 2006. Whether in 24 hour races or short sprints, its performance, reliability and ease of handling deliver class wins and podiums time after time.

"The Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain, in its first year, is providing a focal point for our customers to make a first step into GT4 racing with high quality events on challenging circuits with comprehensive organisation and technical support from Aston Martin Racing."

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