As well as Aston Martin is known to discerning clients around the world for their top-of-the-line sportscars, in the world of motor racing, the stoic British marque is renowned as a force to be reckoned with. Aston's motorsport activities, however, extend beyond their own factory teams to provide customers with competition machines of their own in various classes of GT racing. The starting point is the Vantage GT4 and the Vantage N24 that came before it. Now that Aston has sold these client racing machines to gentleman racers and privateers around the world, the company is establishing its own spec racing series to give its clients a chance to race against each other on some of Britain's finest circuits in similar machinery.
Following in the footsteps of such championships as the Ferrari Challenge, Porsche Supercup and Lamborghini Super Trofeo – to say nothing of Aston's own Asia Cup – the Aston Martin British GT4 Championship is kicking off its first season, consisting of five races across the UK and one in Belgium. About $20k will get existing owners of race-spec Vantages a full season of racing, including transportation, hospitality and specially-made racing suits. The company's experienced race engineers will be on hand at each event to provide service that reaches from simple tire-swaps to a complete engine replacement. At the end of the season, the winner will get a chance to test drive either a GT2 or GT3-level Aston Martin racing car.