CTRL-ALT-DEL; Generation AMR Macmillan Racing resets for Rockingham
A bruising debut in the 2016 British GT Championship opener at Brands Hatch left Generation AMR Macmillan Racing down but not out, the team’s damaged Aston Martin Vantage GT4 undergoing a full rebuild around a new shell at Aston Martin Racing, in order to compete at Rockingham.
British GT Championship, Round 2 - 2 hours, Sunday 25 April
A huge effort by the crew from Generation AMR and Aston Martin Racing transformed the badly-damaged no. 42 machine into a pristine new racer over the course of just six days, ready to hit the track at Rockingham Motor Speedway, complete with new engine and a new chassis – a brand new car.
Disaster struck in the first half of the team’s first-ever race at Brands Hatch, when starting driver Matty Graham was battling for second place in the hotly-contested GT4 class. While chasing fellow Aston racer Jack Bartholomew, Matty was tagged by the GT3 class Aston Martin of Phil Dryburgh, who was recovering after an earlier incident.
In the spectacular crash that followed, the no. 42 Aston acted as both take-off ramp and crash-landing zone for the GT3 car, which was destroyed in a series of violent rolls, while the Generation AMR Macmillan Racing entry suffered heavy damage to the roof and front end.
Despite the dramatic nature of the crash, both drivers walked away unharmed, testimony to the strength of the Aston Martin’s structure.
Bouyed-up by the pace shown by both Matty and team-mate Jack Mitchell, the team is raring to go, as the Rockingham weekend comes into focus.
Team Principal David Macmillan is philosophical about the setback. “These things happen in motor-racing. It’s just really unfortunate that it happened on our very first weekend. Looking at the positives, I suppose you could say that the season can only look up from here!”
“Both Matty and Jack showed great pace and maturity for two young drivers in their first GT race,” he continued, “especially given how intense the competition is in the GT4 class this year. It may have ended a little prematurely but we have all been enormously enthused by the performance of the team and drivers. Bring on Rockingham.”