After an one-year absence, Street Art Racing is back in the GT4 European Series in 2021.
The Belgian squad missed the 2020 season as a result of the pandemic, but will be back on the grid this season with its Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4. Pascal Bachmann, the 2019 Am Cup winner, will return to the series and the Swiss driver will share the Aston Martin with Belgian driver Paul Theysgens.
"I really missed it last year! Motorsport is a passion which is ingrained in me. As soon as there are four wheels, an engine and the goal is to go as fast as possible, I am happy and I feel the adrenaline flowing through my veins," said Bachmann.
"I know I will never be a world champion again and that Mr Stroll will not be calling on me to drive an Aston Martin F1 car tomorrow, but I am having a great time with the Street Art team and the Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4. After so much time away from the racetrack, I am looking forward with huge excitement to the start of the season!”
Bachmann's teammate for the 2021 season will be Belgian driver Paul Theysgens. The 22-year-old will make his GT racing debut with Street Art Racing this season.
“Two years ago, I was only driving 4-stroke karts. I never gave up this discipline, but since then I have had the opportunity to compete in some ten races in the VW Fun Cup," said Theysgens. "Motor sport is my life, so much so that I spend my free time giving driving lessons to children in an indoor karting centre in Wavre or even lessons on a simulator."
"For a long time I have been a spectator or viewer of the competitions organised by the SRO Motorsports Group, including this GT4 European Series. So to be part of it is really a dream come true! My first task will be to learn as much as possible, but if we can achieve good results, that will obviously be a plus," he added.
Team manager Damien Hellebuyck is happy to be back on track and is hopeful the team can return to winning ways soon.
"We won the European Am Cup title in 2016 and in 2019. Even though Paul is a pure GT rookie, we hope to be able to fight for more Am Cup victories. We also have a second Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 in our workshop which has been refurbished and is ready to go on track. We are open to suggestions and we should see it for at least a few races. In the meantime, we will be heading to Monza for the GT4 European Series debut on 16-18 April," said Hellebuyck.
“Our vision of motorsport is above all that of a passion which we share with our partners, including those at our main sponsor Jetcraft who have remained loyal to us for several years, and all of our guests,” explained team principal, Albert Bloem. “Over the years, hospitality at the circuit has become one of our trademarks. With races being held behind closed doors, it seemed impossible to run the championship normally in 2020. The prospect of an improvement in the second half of 2021 has pushed us to go for it in this new season.”