With Mitsubishi pulling the plug on the Evolution, maybe it is safe to say that motorsports is not really what they have on priority anymore. Aston Martin on the other hand is not only showing great support in keeping motorsports alive, their own CEO is also an avid racer who once in a while participates in some of the most challenging races there is.
And the next race that Andy Palmer will be participating is not just a simple sprint race, but he will be battling both the circuit and himself as he will be participating in the Dunlop Britcar 24 Hour endurance race in a V8 Vantage GT4. Set to take place at Silverstone Circuit on the weekend of April 24-26, he will be sharing the car with Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, British motoring journalist Andrew Frankel and 22-year-old racer Alice Powell.
“I’ve done some GT4 racing in the past but this will be my first attempt at a 24-hour event. I don’t underestimate the challenge, but the Vantage GT4 has a superb record in long distance racing and I know I’ve got a great team alongside me,” said Palmer.
To prepare himself for the race, Palmer has been training with Aston Martin Racing driver Darren Turner at the Base Performance Simulators facility in Banbury, and getting a couple of hands-in lessons in the Vantage GT4 on the track. The GT4 N430 shared by Palmer, Reichman, Frankel and Powell will sport the livery of Aston Martin’s technology partners, Castrol and Immun’age.