John Hindhaugh is a wellknown face – and an even better known voice – to North American sports car racing fans. As the lead commentator for IMSA Radio, and the associated video stream, Sunderland, UK-born Hindhaugh’s accented tones have been entertaining fans trackside and around the world in the USA for almost two decades.
This weekend though he takes on a very different role, as part of a four man crew taking on the 24 Hours of the Circuit of The Americas, with an all-British crew in the most British of cars.
“This is a dream come true,” enthused Hindhaugh. “Aston Martin is an iconic brand and to be asked to drive as part of an Aston Martin Lagonda ‘Works’ entry is a great honor. My aim is to do much more racing in the future, so this invitation was the perfect opportunity to gather multi-class international racing experience in a competitive car, run by a respected manufactur team. The SP3-GT4 category in Creventic-run events is always hard fought so I’m under no illusions as to how great the task is if we are to get a decent result.”
The No. 232 car is rare, the racing GT4 version of the limited edition Aston Martin Vantage GT8 street car. This is the exact chassis that finished 21st overall in this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours, winning it’s class.
It’s the first time this car has been raced in the USA and brings together an eclectic driving team, including Hindhaugh.
Peter Cate is the most experienced driver in the squad. A Nurburgring specialist, he was one of the team that delivered the 21st position at the Nordschleife this year. His teammates are Andy Palmer, the CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda, Paul Hollywood, star of the hit UK TV series “Great British Bake-Off,” and Hindhaugh.
Palmer said, “It is a great privilege to welcome John to drive the Aston Martin Vantage GT8 alongside Peter, Paul and myself. For all of us, this will be our first time competing at the Circuit of The Americas and we are under no illusion that the race will be tough for both ourselves and the car. I firmly hope that Radio Show Limited listeners will enjoy hearing from behind-the-scenes throughout the race weekend and that we can do both ourselves and the team proud against some strong competition.”
David King, Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer – Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., added, “Aston Martin has a long tradition of testing its road cars in top-level races and our entry into the 24H Series’ Circuit of The Americas round is no exception. This car won its class at the Nurburgring 24 hours earlier this year and demonstrates the sporting pedigree of the Vantage GT8 road car it is based on. To have our CEO competing at an international level gives us the chance to push our products to their limit once again and allows him to appreciate first-hand what our race and road cars are capable of, which is invaluable. I wish all of our drivers the best of luck.”
The race will be covered, free, live in sound and vision, globally and without geoblock, via the Radio Show Limited Network of Channels (www.radiolemans.com) and the series website http://www.24hseries.com where there’s also extensive information and timing / scoring.
Live audio coverage begins here with practice on Friday at 1:30 p.m. local time. Live video is available from qualifying and for all subsequent track action.