Following a huge accident at Brands Hatch during the season opener for the 2016 British GT Championship, Motorbase Performance has worked hard to ensure that its #8 Aston Martin V12 Vantage will be on the grid for the second round at Rockingham on May 1.
Phil Dryburgh, who partners Ross Wylie, in the #8 car, was involved in a massive shunt at Pilgrim’s Drop that saw the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 pitched in the barriers. Thankfully injuries no worse than bruising were sustained by the driver.
“It’s certainly been a busy couple of weeks for Motorbase,” said Team Principal David Bartrum. “Obviously after the disappointment of round one with the car being so heavily damaged, as has been so well documented on TV and social media, it was very important that we rose to the challenge of getting Ross and Phil out at Rockingham.”
“After a lot of hard work from everyone behind the scenes I’m very glad to say that the car will be on track this weekend and we can hopefully get our British GT season off to a more positive start”.
Both Wylie and Dryburgh are excited at the prospect of kick-starting the team’s 2016 British GT season.
“Brands Hatch was a bitter pill for us all to swallow at the season’s opener,” said Wylie. “The team had put together a great race car over the winter which was sadly written off in race one of the season. We were all relieved to see Phil step out of the car with minor injuries and it’s a real testament to Aston Martin Racing and Motorbase Performance for providing us with a safe race car.”
“After the disappointment of Brands I’m looking forward to Rockingham this weekend and getting our 2016 season off the ground,” said Dryburgh. “Even though on paper the Aston isn’t best suited to the circuit, Motorbase took a double podium here last year so we know that it has the pace to perform well if we can stay out of trouble.”
Round two of the British GT Championship, a two-hour race, takes place at Rockingham Motor Speedway on May 1, starting at 13:00.