Following a standout first season as an Official Partner with Aston Martin Racing, Bullitt Racing aims to get its 2023 campaign off to a rapid start and will compete in the Asian Le Mans Series for the first time.
The series, based once again in the United Arab Emirates next year, features 48 entries and four rounds at both Dubai Autodrome and at Yas Marina. For Bullitt Racing, this is the perfect opportunity to compete at the front in a competitive endurance championship with its Gold-Silver-Bronze line-up, whilst continuing to build on the momentum gained with the new Vantage in 2022.
2022 saw the Spanish-based squad field the #99 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, securing podiums at Imola, the Road to Le Mans and Monza en route to fourth position in the championship.
The Asian Le Mans Series has been on the radar for the team for a number of years and in February, the team will field the #66 Vantage GT3 for Aston Martin factory driver Valentin Hasse-Clot, Jacob Riegel and Martin Berry.
Valentin brings a wealth of experience to the team for the second year running. The French racer was pivotal in the team’s 2022 Le Mans Cup programme and will again be a key part of the team’s 2023 challenge. His pure pace and leadership of the squad is an exciting prospect for both the 26-year-old racer, as well as for the team.
Jacob is just 18 years of age and competed in the DTM Trophy Series in 2022 in the GT4 variant of the Vantage, securing three podiums over the season. Prior to that, he enjoyed guest starts in the GT4 series as well as a Porsche Sportscup programme in his native Germany.
Martin Berry is the team’s bronze racer but is no stranger to success on the international stage. He is an Australian-born businessman, based in Singapore, which has meant that in recent years – like many based in Asia – his race programmes have been limited due to COVID travel restrictions.
However, in 2022, he competed in the German Prototype Cup, and prior to that he has built up solid endurance racing experience in the 24H Series and the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup and won the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific in 2017. Along with Jacob and Valentin, he brings a great deal of potential, as the team expects to challenge for regular podiums in the 24-car GT3 class.
The four-round Asian Le Mans Series gets underway with back-to-back races on February 11-12 in Dubai, followed by the final two rounds at Yas Marina on February 18-19. All races will be available to stream for free via the Asian Le Mans Series YouTube account.
Steffan Pattrick, Team Manager
“I’m proud to confirm that Bullitt Racing will race in the Asian Le Mans Series. We’re expecting some fantastic racing and to carry over our Michelin Le Mans Cup learnings. It’s fantastic to have Valentin back in our car. He’s always tremendously fast, experienced and is of course an Aston Martin Racing factory driver. With us last year, he secured podiums at the Road to Le Mans and Monza and was crucial to our success.
“Our Silver is Jacob and we have been working with him closely over the last few months; he’s developing quickly off the back of a strong season in ADAC. We believe he is ready to step up to GT3 competition and the Asian Le Mans Series and he brings a great deal of performance to the line-up.
“Martin is well known in the paddock and will be our Bronze driver. He’s been racing a great deal in Asia in recent years with significant achievements. We’re delighted to be working with Martin and delighted that he has put his trust in Bullitt Racing and that he recognises our growth and results and that we are now a top team in GT3 with clear ambitions to achieve strong results.
“Our overall objective remains to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and this platform proves us with an opportunity to get there. So, we’re naturally very excited to be racing in the series and we’re also looking forward to our other race programmes in 2023.”
“I am very happy to continue the adventure with Bullitt Racing. The team has become like a second home for me and I’m looking forward to continue the work undertaken this season. It will be my second Asian Le Mans Series, having finished fifth in 2021 with one podium.
“Martin is an experienced GT racing driver, while Jacob is very young and talented. He will need an accelerated learning of GT3, but with our line-up and team, there is no doubt that we will fight in the top 10.”
“Competing with Bullitt Racing in the Asian Le Mans Series is a great opportunity that I’m really looking forward to! Since it’s my first race in a GT3 car, I’m preparing a lot for it. I am very grateful for the support from the experienced racing team Bullitt Racing, with whom I feel very comfortable.
“The previous testing sessions went well. I am sure we will have some great battles in the Asian Le Mans Series! Our goal is clear, and we will push from the start.”
“I am really looking forward to what will be my first time entering the Asian Le Mans Series and also to be stepping into the Aston Martin GT3! We have a great platform both in terms of young, talented co-drivers in Valentine and Jacob and also in Bullitt Racing, an official AMR team and their experience in running the car. I believe we have the package we need to be competitive.”