Garage 59 is a multiple championship-winning British motor racing team. Launched in 2016 and now owned by Alexander West, Andrew Kirkaldy and Chris Goodwin, Garage 59 are the reigning GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Pro-Am Champions.
Specialists in running Aston Martin, McLaren and Ferrari race cars, the team operates from a state-of-the-art Technical Centre in the East Midlands of the UK.
The team took its first championship title in 2016, seizing the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup for Drivers with Shane Van Gisbergen, Rob Bell and Côme Ledogar in the McLaren 650S GT3.
After running McLaren GT cars for three seasons, the team switched brands to Aston Martin in 2019, ready for an assault on the Blancpain Endurance Series Endurance Cup where the team’s Am-class Aston Martin took four out of five possible podiums in the hands of West, Goodwin and Chris Harris.
The 2020 season started well with a Silver class podium at the Bathurst 12 Hour race, just before the Covid-19 shutters came down. When racing restarted later that year, the team was ready to hit the track with a Pro-Am and a Silver class entry in GT World Challenge Europe (previously called Blancpain GT Series). It was the Pro-Am squad of West and Goodwin and their various professional counterparts – Jonny Adam, Maxime Martin and Marvin Kirchhöfer – who took the spoils, winning the endurance title for drivers and for teams, with their victory at the final race of the season at the Ricard 1000kms.
The team also took a hard-earned class podium at the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2020. Running the Aston Martin Vantage GT8R, West and Goodwin were joined by Aston Martin factory drivers, Darren Turner and Jonny Adam, and the four men drove a faultless race to take third place in the SP8T class at one of the world’s toughest endurance races.
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 specialises in developing drivers. Many young drivers have gained experience and success with the team going onto professional factory driver status with various brands. No less significant is the team’s long list of amateur drivers taken on the journey from being enthusiastic road car owners to race and Championship winners in some of the biggest international GT competitions around the world.
In addition to its race programmes, the company also runs Aston Martin’s prestigious AMR Drivers’ Club, exclusive track experiences for everyone from customers wanting to explore the limits of their own Aston Martin to those with aspirations to race one of the marque’s most extreme track cars.
The team also operates exclusive track programmes for private clients. A one stop shop approach allows the owners of some amazing machinery, from the worlds of Formula One, Le Mans and GT, to enjoy their cars on track with preparation, coaching and all logistics taken care of by Garage 59.
Heritage isn’t just part of a name for Garage 59 as the team runs in historic competitions as much as time allows. A highlight came in 2018 when the team ran a stunning Lotus 22 at the Goodwood Revival before taking the same car to Spa in Belgium where it won its race. Can Am Mclarens, historic Alfa Romeo touring cars are also part of the historic fleet. More recently, the team took on the challenge of manufacturing the iconic Hart 420R racing engine which will be seen in action in European historic racing and rallying in 2021 with service and rebuilds by Garage 59.
Whatever the car and whatever the category, Garage 59 is a name synonymous with success.
2020 GT WORLD CHALLENGE EUROPE
Total 24 Hours of Spa, Belgium
Paul Ricard 1000kms, France
2021 ASIAN LE MANS SERIES
Yas Marina Circuit
Yas Marina Circuit
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.
The 2021 Asian Le Mans Series is a run of four, four-hour races, all held in the Middle East due to the ongoing global travel restrictions. The first two races are held at the Dubai Audodrome on 13/14 February before the teams move on to the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi for the final two races.
A top result in the Asian Le Mans Series secures a coveted entry for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, giving the teams a shot at the greatest endurance race of them all.
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.
2021 Asian Le Mans Series
#88 Aston Martin
#89 Aston Martin
2020 GT World Challenge Europe
#188 Aston Martin
#159 Aston Martin
Roman De Angelis