Record entry for 2024 AMR Driver Academy as the search begins again to uncover GT racing's most promising talent

Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Record entry for 2024 AMR Driver Academy as the search begins again to uncover GT racing's most promising talent

A record number of aspiring young GT drivers have registered for the 2024 Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy as the British ultra-luxury sportscar manufacturer begins a new search to endorse an eighth graduate from the successful and prestigious initiative.

A huge variety of racers, 32 in total, from 13 countries spanning five continents, will collectively compete for at least 14 different Aston Martin partner teams in 2024 including those new to the brand this season; Comtoyou Racing, Walkenhorst Motorsport, Forsetti Racing and EastSide Motorsport. This international intake ensures AMR Academy’s reach covers nearly every significant international endurance series in 2024, including the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Fanatec GT World Challenge, the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and key national series such as those based in Britain, Germany and France.

Turner and Adam

Adam Carter, Aston Martin Head of Endurance, said: “The Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy is now a proven and established method for us to assess emerging talent from within our partner network. It allows the brand to contribute back into the sport in a constructive and supportive manner that benefits all concerned. You only have to read back through the alumni to understand the impact the initiative has for GT-focussed drivers, of which there are a growing number of exciting prospects with every passing season.”

The initiative, which has grown exponentially in popularity and significance since it began in 2014, is designed to fast-track talent from within Aston Martin Racing’s thriving partner team network and is a way for AMR to contribute back to motorsport by investing in and honing future talent. The scheme has a high success rate and is proud to have furthered the careers of several rising GT stars including IMSA Sprint Cup champion Ross Gunn (GBR), British GT4 champion Tom Canning (GBR), reigning Le Mans Cup champion Valentin Hasse-Clot (FRA), IMSA GTD champion and Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona winner Roman De Angelis (CDN), and most recent winners Romain Leroux (FRA) and Mike David Ortmann (DEU).

Indeed, Ortmann steps up to Germany’s prestigious ADAC GT Masters series in a new Vantage GT3 with Walkenhorst Motorsport in 2024, having reigned supreme in ADAC GT4 Germany category with a PROsport Racing Vantage over the past two seasons.

An unrivalled platform for learning and development with an established manufacturer, this essential initiative is fine-tuned every year and improved to effectively coach drivers in the early stages of their careers. Competitors aged between 16 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 2025 race programme, as well as assistance and guidance from the factory, tailored to their season plans.

AMR Academy Judge Jonny Adam

Last week, the candidates benefited from a three-day seminar that included a tour of the Aston Martin Aramco Formula One® Team Technology Campus, media training with FIA World Endurance Championship commentator Louise Beckett, simulator training at Base Performance, a comprehensive fitness assessment, including a bespoke training programme and nutrition plan, Aston Martin Racing in-house commercial training and a factory-based engineering workshop to further their understanding of how to competitively set-up Vantage. The participants will now be comprehensively assessed through the season as the judging panel receives feedback from team and AMR engineers at events.

The judging panel, which includes three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner and 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona GTD class champion Darren Turner (GBR), four-times British GT champion and two-times 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jonny Adam (GBR), former Academy winner and works driver Hasse Clot, Head of AMR Academy Rachel Adam, AMR Head of Performance Gus Beteli and Head of AMR Partner Racing Huw Tasker. They will evaluate each drivers’ ability to manage the strategic, teamwork, commercial and public relations aspects of their role. Finally, the outstanding candidate will have demonstrated the most potential to develop their talent for the future at the end of the season.

Former AMR Academy winner Valentin Hasse Clot

 

   2024 Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy candidates

Driver

Team

Series

Car

Nicolas Baert (BEL)

Comtoyou Racing 

GTWC Europe

GT3

Erwan Bastard (FRA)

D’station Racing

FIA WEC

GT3

Denis Bulatov (DEU)

Walkenhorst Motorsport

ADAC GT Masters

GT3

Charles Clark (GBR)

Comtoyou Racing

GTWC Europe

GT3

Jamie Day (GBR)

Forsetti Motorsport

British GT

GT4

Baudouin Detout (FRA)

GPA Racing

GT4 European Series

GT4

Roberto Faria (BRA)

Racar Motorsport

Supercars Endurance

GT4

Philipp Gogollok (DEU)

EastSide Motorsport

ADAC GT4 Germany

GT4

Lorcan Hanafin (GBR)

TF Sport

European Le Mans

GT3

Nico Hantke (DEU)

Walkenhorst Motorsport

ADAC GT Masters

GT3

Mex Jansen (NED)

Walkenhorst Motorsport

GTWC Europe

GT3

David Kullmann (CHE)

Racing Spirit of Léman

GT4 European Series

GT4

Matisse Lismont (BEL)

Comtoyou Racing

GTWC Europe

GT3

Alexandre Machado (BRA)

Racing Spirit of Léman

GT4 European Series

GT4

Mathieu Martins (FRA)

Racar Motorsport

Supercars Endurance

GT4

Josh Miller (GBR)

Mirage Racing

GT4 European Series

GT4

Esteban Muth (BEL)

Comtoyou Racing

GTWC Europe

GT3

Rianna O’Meara-Hunt (NZL)

Forsetti Motorsport

GT Cup

GT4

Sebastian Ogaard (DEN)

Comtoyou Racing

GTWC Europe

GT3

Will Orton (GBR)

Forsetti Motorsport

British GT

GT4

Mikey Porter (GBR)

Forsetti Motorsport

British GT

GT4

Mahaveer Raghunathan (IND)

Team Lazarus

Italian GT

GT3

Fabio Rauer (DEU)

PROsport Racing

GT4 European Series

GT4

Raphael Rennhofer (AUT)

PROsport Racing

GT4 European Series

GT4

Maxime Robin (FRA)

Walkenhorst Motorsport

GTWC Europe

GT3

Josh Rowledge (GBR)

Blackthorn Racing

British GT

GT3

Ruben del Sarte (FRA)

Mirage Racing

GT4 European Series

GT4

Jodie Sloss (GBR)

Forsetti Motorsport

GT Cup

GT4

Rory van der Steur (USA)

Van der Steur Racing

IMPC 

GT4

Casper Stevenson (GBR)

Racing Spirit of Léman

European Le Mans

GT3

Matteo Villagomez (VEN)

Racing Spirit of Léman

FFSA GT4

GT4

Victor Weyrich (FRA)

Racing Spirit of Léman

FFSA GT4

GT4

 

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