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Race to graduate Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy is back on

May 20, 2021 by Aston Martin

Race to graduate Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy is back on
    15 fresh Aston Martin GT racers sign-up to the 2021 AMR Driver Academy
    Judges include two-times Le Mans winner Jonny Adam and Ross Gunn
    Winner receives works support and assistance tailored to 2022 season

The Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy returns for 2021 as the British luxury sportscar manufacturer renews its search to uncover the next generation of GT endurance superstars.

The initiative, designed to fast-track talent within Aston Martin Racing's thriving customer team network has already uncovered three rising stars in Ross Gunn (GB), Tom Canning (GB) and 2020 graduate Valentin Hasse-Clot (FR). This year another 15 candidates have signed up to participate from a range of championships around the world.

An unrivalled platform for learning and development with an established manufacturer, this essential initiative is continuously fine-tuned and improved to effectively coach drivers in the early stages of their careers. Drivers aged between 17 and 26 with Vantage GT3 and GT4 race programmes in recognised championships are eligible. The prize on offer for the successful graduate includes financial support towards their 2022 race programme, as well as assistance and guidance from the factory, tailored to their season plans.

Race to graduate Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy is back on

As always, the contestants are judged on a wide range of criteria including pace, consistency and technical feedback. The judging panel, which includes AMR President David King, Managing Director John Gaw, two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jonny Adam (GB), works star Ross Gunn (GB), and Hasse-Clot, will also evaluate each drivers' ability to manage the strategic, teamwork, commercial and public relations aspects of their role. Finally, the outstanding candidate will demonstrate the most potential to develop their talent for the future.

The reigning GT4 European Series Silver Cup champion and GT World Challenge Europe Silver Cup race-winner Hasse-Clot emerged top of the class in the 2020 AMR Driver Academy. The 25-year-old, from Paris, who follows in in the recent footsteps of British GT4 champions Gunn and Canning, is contesting the GTWC Europe Endurance Cup for Garage 59 as well as the FFSA GT Silver Cup with AGS Events where he leads the points standings after two rounds.

Aston Martin Racing President David King added: 'The Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy has proven itself a key indicator of talent in recent years, and we see it as a vital development tool. As Ross, Tom and now Valentin are proving, this initiative holds great value both to us and to the drivers who participate, as we seek to build on the talent that exists inside our network of customer teams. We intend to continue this tradition as we look to support our partners across the GT racing spectrum in every way that we can.'

2021 ASTON MARTIN RACING DRIVER ACADEMY CANDIDATES

Driver

Team

Series

Car

Hugo Conde (FR)

AGS Events

GT4 European Series

Vantage GT4

Roman De Angelis (CA)

Heart of Racing

IMSA GTD

Vantage GT3

Ruben Del Sarte (NL)

Mirage

GT4 European Series

Vantage GT4

Phil Dörr (DE)

Dörr Racing

ADAC GT4

Vantage GT4

César Gazeau (FR)

AGS Events

GT4 European Series

Vantage GT4

Tim Heinemann (DE)

PROsport

DTM Trophy

Vantage GT4

Nicolai Kjærgaard (DN)

Garage 59

GTWC Europe

Vantage GT3

Kenton Koch (US)

BSport Racing

GT4 America

Vantage GT4

Konstantin Lachenauer (CH)

AGS Events

GT4 European Series

Vantage GT4

Antonio Ledesma (MX)

Virage

Ultimate Cup Series

Vantage GT4

Romain Leroux (FR)

AGS Events

FFSA GT4

Vantage GT4

Matthew Lewis (GB)

Deranged

GT Cup

Vantage GT4

Akhil Rabindra (IN)

AGS Events

GT4 European Series

Vantage GT4

Paul Theysgens (BE)

Street Art

GT4 European Series

Vantage GT4

Tuomas Tujula (FI)

Garage 59

GTWC Europe

Vantage GT3

Photo credit: Aston Martin
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Race to graduate Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy is back on
 
Race to graduate Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy is back on
 
Race to graduate Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy is back on
 
Race to graduate Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy is back on
 
Race to graduate Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy is back on
 
Race to graduate Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy is back on
 
Race to graduate Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy is back on
 
Race to graduate Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy is back on
 
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