Aston Martin’s increasing commitment to historic motorsport has been cemented with the creation of Aston Martin Heritage Racing – an over-arching brand that unites the company’s assorted historic motorsport activities under one banner.
The pinnacle of AMHR’s activities is the new Festival Series. Open to owners of eligible Aston Martin GTs, Le Mans prototypes and ‘track specials’, Festival Series offers the unique thrill and camaraderie of racing at iconic European circuits during prestigious historic racing weekends.
In the first of several major new initiatives, Aston Martin has joined forces with Masters Historic Racing – one of the world’s leading historic race event organisers and promotors – to become its official automotive partner. The partnership places Aston Martin and its customers at the heart of the action, through a number of core activities.
“With high profile Festival races confirmed at this year’s Spa Six Hours historic meeting in September, and three race weekends planned in 2020 and 2021, we can look forward to grids of the finest Aston Martin competition cars of the more recent past racing on some of Europe’s best circuits.”
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO.
The most visible of these are the supply of Aston Martin road cars as Official Safety Cars and Course Cars for Masters Historic Racing. This sees Aston Martin’s most driver-focused sports car – the Vantage – head each of the grids as Safety Car at selected MHR race weekends, leading the field around at speed before releasing the cars for the rolling start. Course Car duties will be performed by the four-door Rapide AMR, ensuring circuit officials are transported around the circuit with pace and panache.
In the same vein we are also working to secure a home for the recent DB4 GT and DB4 GT Zagato Continuation cars built by Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell; an objective that will further expand Aston Martin’s presence in the historic racing scene.