Aston Martin Vantage GT3 takes second Sebring podium

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The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 gets its second Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring international podium finish as Aston Martin Racing (AMR) partner team Heart of Racing finishes third place in the event. This also marks the Seattle-based team’s second time in a row finishing on the podium at the Florida race.

“This was an awesome result and the team thoroughly deserved it,” said Ross Gunn. “We looked strong at Daytona back in January, and we’ve performed well all day again today, so the Aston Martin Vantage was good for this result. The more we race it over here in the US, the faster it seems to get, so let’s hope it can land a victory soon,” he added.

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Driven by team principal Ian James, Roman De Angelis, and Gunn (AMR works driver), the #23 Heart of Racing Vantage raced near the front of the GTD class for the majority of the race by quickly working their way up from P9 right from the get-go. With a good start, the AMR driver breezed through the race gaining the lead when he climbed aboard the GT3 after a strong showing from both his teammates. That said, Gunn dropped to third as the pit stops cycled through.

However, the incident-packed event, with a Full Course Yellow in under 30 minutes, gave AMR’s Ross Gunn a great amount of pressure in the final stages. Nevertheless, a rival Porsche was then served with a penalty in the remaining laps giving the Englishman his first IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship podium.

“Great day here at Sebring to get consecutive 12 Hour podiums for the Heart of Racing Aston Martin. I’m super proud of all the team. Roman and Ross drove really well and everyone executed all race long. This puts us in a good points position heading into the next race and leaves us excited for the rest of the season,” said Ian James, befittingly.

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According to AMR president, David King, “The Sebring 12 Hours is a gruelling event and tough for drivers, cars and teams, as it proved again this year, so to finish on the podium is an excellent performance from our partners Heart of Racing. It’s also another demonstration of the Aston Martin Vantage GT3’s growing competitiveness as a customer-based GT car in the USA and fully justifies our commitment to customer racing around the world in 2021.”

Aston Martin will be participating in a series of events with the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship to be held on 14-16 May at Mid-Ohio. Just a few weeks back, the British luxury sports car manufacturer boasted a strong presence of Vantage G4s with a record-breaking number of entries in the same seven-round series 2021 US GT World Challenge event that commenced in the Sonoma Raceway.

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