TRG-AMR Makes Big Strides Toward Sebring At Two-Day Test

470_TRGAMR_Sebring_MtCTRG-AMR continued its momentum toward the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida after a strong performance during testing Feb. 20-21 at Sebring International Raceway.

The team worked both days at the legendary Florida circuit to develop its Aston Martin Vantage entries in the GT Daytona class of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and GS class of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. Both teams will race March 12-15 at Sebring in one of the classic North American endurance races and the second event of their respective 2014 seasons.

James Davison, David Block and Al Carter guided the No. 007 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 car to the top five on the speed charts in nearly all of the sessions on the challenging, 17-turn, 3.74-mile circuit. The team’s best lap was 2:05.153, with top times from two other sessions within five-tenths of a second of that quickest lap, showing the consistent speed of the car. TRG-AMR’s sister No. 009 car is also scheduled to compete in the 12-hour endurance classic at Sebring. The team still is working on its driver lineup for that car.

“Fantastic test for us,” TRG-AMR CEO Kevin Buckler said. “I’m really, really proud of the boys in the 007. James is doing a good job, as usual. David and Al turned some great laps this morning.

“We’re all in on the car. We’re running toward the front, which is where we want to be. We’re P1 to P5. The car is really capable. We’re pushing the envelope; that’s what we’re supposed to do here. I’m really excited about the Twelve Hours. I think we have a good shot.”

Kevin Buckler and Kenneth GreenbergDavison and veteran driver but team newcomer Kenneth Greenberg turned laps in the team’s No. 09 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 car in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS class testing, with a best lap of 2:18.846. Their quickest lap was produced in the final session of the two-day test Friday afternoon as the TRG-AMR team dialed in setups for the upcoming Sebring race.

“It was great that Kenneth (Greenberg) decided he wanted to run at the last minute,” Buckler said. “He knows this track really well, and he’s doing great out there first time in that car here at this track.”

The 12-hour TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Sebring takes place Saturday, March 15, with the 2.5-hour Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge event Friday, March 14.

(Photo: Marcel ten Caat)