Season

British GT Academy Motorsport Driver

VLN Endurance Series

2021 will see Tom compete in the VLN Endurance Series with Walkenhorst PurpleDot Motorsport.

The Nürburgring Endurance Series is an organisation of motorsport clubs of which each hosts one event of a nine-race series held on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

VLN Endurance Racing Championship Nürburgring (VLN from 2020 changed its name to "Nürburgring Langstrecken-Serie", but same same) is a race series that consists of a total of 9 – 10 races every year, held on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. VLN was founded in 1977 and has a long standing racing history. Each race takes 4 hours, except for a one of the races that is a 6h race.

Participants of VLN races range from amateurs in small (almost) road legal cars with rollcages and harnesses to professional factory teams racing Group GT3 cars. The VLN series is closely associated with the 24 H Nürburgring, as it has similar rules (mostly), and mainly the same participants. The 24h race is not part of the VLN championship, though.

Each VLN race is held as a "one-day event" on Saturdays only, in order to limit costs. The mandatory drivers briefing is usually at 7:45 (sometimes it also takes place Friday evening), practice is from 8:30 to 10:00, and the race starts at 12:00.

Usually around 140-180 cars participate in a VLN race, around the World's most iconic circuit.

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The Car

The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 is the most popular GT4 car in the world. More than 100 cars have been made and are competing in race series across the globe. 
This latest spec of car has a new aerodynamic package. An adjustable carbon fibre rear wing works in conjunction with a larger front splitter to increase downforce for greater dynamic performance.
The 2019 is a brand new model for this season, evolving from the extremely successful previous generation Vantage.

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400
BHP
170
Mph
4.0
0-60 (secs)
1170
Weight (KG)
12
Races
6
Circuits

GT4 Specifiction

GT4 Specs

  • Engine:

    Aston Martin Racing 4.7 litre V8 engine
    Weight-reduced rear silencer
    FIA approved Fuel Tank
    Lightweight Flywheel
    Twin plate Ceramic Clutch
    Straight-through tailpipes

  • Chassis:

    FIA-approved rollcage
    Integral air jacks
    Reduced weight wiring harness
    Lightweight battery
    Quick release bonnet and tailgate
    Front spliiter + carnards
    Polycarbonate side + rear windows
    Ballast plate

  • Aerodynamics:

    Adjustable carbon fibre rear wing
    Increased protrusion front splitter
    Carbon fibre front dive planes

  • Suspension:

    Double wishbone suspension adjustable
    2-way adjustable dampers + Anti-roll bars.

  • Brakes:

    Race spec 6 piston monobloc calipers
    Race developed ABS + Traction Control

  • Transmission:

    Six-speed Manual transmission
    Endurance Driveshafts

Calendar

Academy Motorsport

Academy Motorsport will enter two Aston Martin Vantage GT4‘s in to the 2019 British GT Championship, bringing the GT4 class to seven full-season manufacturers.

The Pershore-based squad won the category’s teams’ title in 2015 but only contested one round last season. Now Academy are back with a dual programme that sees its Aston Martin racing in British GT and the GT4 European Series Northern Cup.

Tom has joined the team following his successful 2017 Ginetta Junior Championship campaign.

He will be teamed with Jan Jonck, who will share driving duties for Academy Motorsport as he switches teams.The 19-year-old comes with prior knowledge of the car though having taken the win at Brands Hatch last year.

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