The May Bank Holiday weekend Blancpain Endurance Series at the home of British motorsport means a return visit for Joe Osborne and the MP Motorsport-AMR team. At last year’s event the 25-year-old from Olney, Bucks., and his team-mates Mark Poole and Richard Abra, impressed the spectators in their Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 by sealing a hard-fought second place in the ultra-competitive PRO-AM class. The 2013 Silverstone Blancpain Endurance Series entry was a one-off for the trio – just as it is for many UK-based teams who fill the entry list to capacity each year either as a one-off sighter for the British GT event later in the year, or simply because it’s the anticipation of a 3-hour endurance race at Silverstone – but the memory must have lingered long into the winter’s season planning as the MP Motorsport-AMR name featured on the 2014 season entry list. This year sees Joe, Mark and Richard re-united for a full season campaign in the series, with full factory support from Aston Martin Racing.
The former European GT4 Champion commented:
While there may be fewer cars on the grid compared to last season, the quality is once again very high and even more so in PRO-AM. We had a great run last year when we did the event as a one-off race. We went into it with our eyes wide open and came out very happy with a second place finish. It was that result that gave the team confidence to enter the series for a decent attempt at the championship this year.
The Silverstone preparations saw the MP Motorsport transporter on the French motorways en route to HTTT Paul Ricard for a test session aimed at keeping them at the sharp end this weekend. Joe especially is all set to repeat his heroics from 2013 and keen to go one step higher this year, with factory support and greater emphasis on testing providing the baseline from which to perform, despite a wealth of more experienced competitors now featuring in the PRO-AM class.
Osborne said “our pace should be good and as long as there are no mistakes from the team and the drivers, we should have a good weekend. Hopefully we’ll get some luck and at the end of the three hours we’ll be right where it matters most.”
With good weather in prospect for race day Joe will be giving it his all in front of the big crowd likely to attend, which will hopefully spur on the talented young racer who was recently awarded the prestigious ‘SuperStar’ title by the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) which singles out the hottest prospects in the sport.
It’s great to be racing at Silverstone, it’s one of my favourite circuits in the world and the home of BRDC; they’ve supported me throughout my career and I’m eternally grateful to them for their support and guidance. Silverstone is also my home race, so I always enjoy a good turn out from my friends and family here, it’s without doubt a race I want to win.
Blancpain Endurance Series – England
Round 2: Silverstone GP Circuit: 3.660 miles (5.891km)
Friday, 23 May
16:45 – 17:45 – Bronze Test
Saturday, 24 May
09:00 – 10:30 – Free Practice
12:50 – 14:20 – Pre Qualifying Practice
Sunday, 25 May
09:00 – 10:00 – Qualifying Practice
14:55 – 17:55 – Main Race
Will Joe and his team-mates feature on the podium come Sunday? Only time and the @Racing.GT live tweet feed will tell.