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Aston Martin chief Andy Palmer is to compete in the Britcar 24 hour race at Silverstone, driving a Vantage GT4 alongside Autocar's Andrew Frankel

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer will race in the Britcar 24 hour later this month at Silverstone.

Palmer and his three teammates, including Autocar's own Andrew Frankel, will be be behind the wheel of a V8 Aston Martin Vantage GT4, in Castrol livery. The race returns next weekend, April 23-26th, after a two-year hiatus.

The team has been refining their track technique in the Vantage GT4 with Aston Martin FIA World Endurance Championship driver Darren Turner. Palmer has previous race experience in GT4, and his team are also seasoned racers.

Aston design chief Marek Reichmanraced and won in the 2011 Aston Martin GT4 Challenge series in a Vantage. Alice Powell was the first female winner of Formula Renault BARC UK, Formula Renault Asia champion and has been racing competitively since the age of eight. Frankel's race experience includes four 24-hour races at Silverstone.

On his Aston race debut, Palmer said: “I’ve done some GT4 racing in the past but this will be my first attempt at a 24-hour event. I don’t underestimate the challenge, but the Vantage GT4 has a superb record in long distance racing and I know I’ve got a great team alongside me."

Autocar will reporting from the race next weekend, and you can follow Frankel's progress in particular on Autocar's twitter feed or Frankel's own feed

Jimi Beckwith

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