Beechdean signs Turner for British GT return

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Multiple title-winning team Beechdean AMR will return to the British GT Championship this year, with Aston Martin factory racer Darren Turner spearheading its attack.

Beechdean will field a single Aston Martin Vantage GT3 for team head – and two-time British champion – Andrew Howard and AMR veteran Turner. It will be Beechdean’s first GT3 entry in Britain since 2016.

The team has a long history of success, having been a fixture in British GT since 2006. It ran Howard to the overall title in 2013, and again in 2015 alongside Jonathan Adam. The team left British GT last season to concentrate on its European Le Mans Series effort.

Turner has only contested one British GT event in his career – Silverstone in 2010 – sharing a DBRS9 with Howard.

“It has been a long time since I’ve raced at many of the circuits on the British GT Championship calendar,” said Turner.

“British GT has been booming for many years now and the depth of competition this year is equal to many of the international championships. With full, competitive grids, it’s going to be an exciting season.

“I’m looking forward to sharing a car with Andrew again. It has been a lot of fun competing with Beechdean in the European Le Mans Series over the past two years and I know we have the potential to win races this year.

“Andrew has won the British GT Championship twice in the Vantage GT3 so he knows how strong the car is and how well it works on the British circuits. I’ve always really enjoyed the time I’ve spent behind the wheel of the GT3. With a 6-litre V12 up front how can you not enjoy driving that car?”

Turner (right) joins WEC team-mate Jonny Adam on British GT grid. Pic: LAT

Howard added: “I am really looking forward to competing in British GT again. I strongly believe it’s the best Pro/Am championship in Europe and this year looks extra special.

“The ultimate endurance test of ELMS and Le Mans has been amazing but a year off to concentrate on close GT3 racing and, hopefully, testing with a new car later in the year was something that couldn’t be missed.”

Beechdean’s programme brings the current number of confirmed GT3 entries to 10.

Turner is also the fourth factory Aston Martin racer to join the field, following Jonathan Adam [Optimum] and Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen [both TF Sport].

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