The first Aston Martin Vantage GT3 has arrived at the TRG-AMR team's North American base in California, and is expected to make its debut at Road America in the Rolex Grand-Am Series next month. Completely homologated now with installation of the Bosch electrical system, it will be the first of what the team hopes to be a strong contingent of GT3s running at the top level of sports car racing throughout North America.
"We are incredibly excited to get this fabulous Aston Martin under our roof," said team owner Kevin Buckler. "We have been building the North American Aston Martin program one block at a time, and the GT3 is the next block. These are incredible racecars, and we look forward to getting it on the track and into competition."
The team started testing almost immediately at its hometown track, Sonoma Raceway. An Aston Martin engineering team from the UK is assisting at the inaugural test.
Aston Martin has been dominant in Europe this year, and TRG-AMR aims to continue that trend in U.S. racing. The car comes equipped with a lightweight 6.0-liter V12, combined with a 6-speed sequential transmission. Its sister car, the Aston Martin Vantage GTE, is scheduled to debut in 2014.
After its maiden run with the Rolex Series at Road America, Aug. 10, the GT3 will also compete at Laguna Seca (Sept. 8) and Lime Rock Park (Sept. 28). The GT3 will make its Pirelli World Challenge GT class debut starting with the Sonoma event Aug. 25.
In 2014, with the unification of the sports car world into the United SportsCar Racing series as a result of the Grand-Am/ALMS merger, the Vantage GT3 will compete in the new GT Daytona class.
In addition to the GT3, TRG-AMR also competes with the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 in Grand-Am's Continental Tire Challenge and the Pirelli World Challenge's GS class. In 2014, TGR-AMR is schedule to roll out the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge Series of North America with the paddle-shift version of the GT4 for sportsman drivers.
"We're thrilled to have TRG-AMR receive its first Vantage GT3," said Andrew Williamson, Customer Program Manager for Aston Martin Racing. It's a fantastic race car and has been highly competitive in the European championships. It's great to see on American soil and we hope to see a few more in the future!"