Aston Martin is adding some cheese to the top of the racing ladder system in Europe, starting a four-part support program for racing teams running the Vantage N24-based GT4 racecar. Those successful in current programs in Europe, including Aston's recently announced single-make racing series, will receive recognition from the automaker and the opportunity to test race cars higher up on the food chain.
The first part, which was announced last month, is the Aston Martin British GT4 Challenge consists of six races on renowned British racetracks like Silverstone and Brands Hatch, and one outing to the legendary Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. The program is open to Vantage GT4 owners and is supported by Aston Martin Racing.
Aston Martin will also award a Nürburgring Trophy in a German enduring racing series called VLN, which consists of ten, four-hour long races on the legendary "Green Hell." The highest scoring Aston Martin entrant in the VLN points system wins a free entry to the 2011 Nürburgring 24 hour race and a test session of the V12 Vantage racecar. Speaking of, winning Vantage GT4 competitors in the four big 24-hour endurance races in Europe (Dubai, Nürburgring, Spa, and Silverstone) will receive a similar trophy and a test drive opportunity.
Lastly, winning entrants championing Aston Martin's within the FIA GT4 cup -- the first step on the European GT racing ladder -- will be awarded the Aston Martin GT4 Cup and the chance to test GT2 or GT3 racers.
Source: Aston Martin