Aston Martin marks its return to domestic competition in North America by entering the first round of the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) at the Daytona International Speedway this weekend. This is where Aston Martin starts its Grand-Am campaign. Aston Martin Racing has partnered with Toronto-based Multimatic Motorsports to enter two Vantage GT4s in the Grand American Road Racing series.
The lead car will be driven by former race-winners Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster while the second car will be driven by actor Patrick Dempsey. Aston Martin’s Chief Engineer Chris Porritt, who is also a talented Vantage GT4 driver, will compete alongside Dempsey in a rare guest appearance. The first round of the 2012 CTSCC will be in support of the 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona, which will last 2.5 hours with a mandatory driver change.
This team will be competing in the Grand Sport category with six- and eight-cylinder production-derived sports cars. The opening round of this race comes after a very successful three-day test session earlier this month.
The recently delivered Vantage GT4’s lap times had impressed the Multimatic team, which had won the championship three times (2002, 2005 and 2008) since the inauguration of the series in 2000. On the other hand, the Vantage GT4 has multiple 24 Hour class victories to its credit. It also got the 2010 European GT4 Cup title and two consecutive championship wins in the Nürburgring-based VLN series in 2010 and 2011.