Garage 59 is a British motor racing team, launched in 2016 by Andrew Kirkaldy, Chris Niarchos and Chris Goodwin. In 2019, the team was re-launched when Kirkaldy and Goodwin formed a partnership with Alexander West.
The team previously operated as CRS Racing and achieved much success in Formula Renault, British GT, FIA GT and GT Open under the leadership of Kirkaldy and Niarchos.
Operating from a state-of the-art Technical Centre in the East Midlands, Garage 59 has already earned a championship title, seizing the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup for Drivers with Shane Van Gisbergen, Rob Bell and Côme Ledogar in 2016, its first year of competition.
After running McLaren GT cars for three seasons, Garage 59 switched brands to Aston Martin in 2019.
The Garage 59 name alludes to the heritage of both the McLaren and Aston Martin marques at Le Mans. In 1959 an Aston Martin DBR1 claimed outright victory at the greatest sportscar race of them all and the McLaren F1 GTR that won the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans ran with #59 as its race number. Garage 59 is a name synonymous with racing success.
Heritage isn’t just part of a name for Garage 59 as the team runs in historic competitions as much as time allows. Most recently the team ran a Lotus 22 at the 2018 Goodwood Revival before taking the same car to Spa in Belgium where it won its race.
Whatever the car and whatever the category, Garage 59 is here to win.
GT WORLD CHALLENGE EUROPE
Total 24 Hours of Spa, Belgium
Paul Ricard 1000kms, France
GT World Challenge Europe is the new name for the Blancpain GT Series. The Endurance Cup has a revised calendar of four races since the Covid-19 outbreak.
The season kicks off at Imola in Italy before moving onto Germany’s Nürburgring in September and then the Spa 24 Hours in October and finishing up in the south of France at Le Castellet in November.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Spa 24 Hours is actually 25 Hours in 2020 due to daylight saving time.
2020 ADAC TOTAL 24 Hours (N24)
The Nürburgring Nordschleife is not like any other racing circuit. Weaving its way through the Eifel forests in Germany, the 20.832km track has an incredible 72 turns, which makes it one of the most difficult to learn. With very changeable weather, blind spots and an entry of over 200 cars, the ADAC TOTAL 24 Hours, or N24 for short, is arguably the toughest 24 hour race of them all.
Garage 59’s Aston Martin Vantage GT4 will take on the N24 with a strong driving squad, including Alexander West, Chris Goodwin and Aston Martin works driver, Darren Turner.
DID YOU KNOW?
When asked to describe the Nordschleife, Turner said it is “a cross between a rollercoaster and a horror movie”.
ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE GT3
The new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 has a lot to live up to as the previous model, the V12 Vantage GT3, was one of the best GT3 cars of its generation.
Based on the critically-acclaimed Aston Martin Vantage road car and powered by the same 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 engine, which has been optimised by Aston Martin Racing, the new Vantage GT3 is the race car of choice for Garage 59 in 2019.
The V12 Vantage GT3 was known for its driveability and wide operating window, which have remained as key targets in the development of the new V8-powered Vantage GT3. Weighing in dry at 1245kg, the Vantage GT3 produces a boost-variable 535bhp and 700 Nm of torque. Built from a lightweight aluminium chassis, again based on the road car, it features a steel roll-cage, an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox, an Alcon motorsport multi-plate clutch, Öhlins four-way adjustable dampers and Alcon brakes and Bosch Motorsport ABS.
GT World Challenge Europe
ADAC TOTAL 24 Hours