Multimatic Tabs Michael Marsal for 2013 Aston Martin GRAND-AM Campaign New team, new car, and new opportunity for Marsal
Ready to take on a new challenge with a new team, Michael Marsal is set to campaign his fourth GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season as he joins Multimatic Motorsports to pilot the Aston Martin Vantage with co-driver Tonis Kasemets.
After first moving up to race in the Rolex Series GT ranks in 2011, Marsal continued his upward racing mobility again this year with a move to the American Le Mans Series and the high-capability Prototype machines in ALMS competition with Dyson Racing.
He will now add to that experience in 2013, as Multimatic has offered Marsal the opportunity to carry the flag as part of Aston Martin’s burgeoning racing exploits.
“I’m excited about joining Multimatic to race this Aston Martin,” said Marsal. “I am honored to have the chance to represent a brand with the history that Aston Martin has in the sport. This is going to be a much different kind of car for me to race, but I am looking forward to the challenge of learning how to get as much out of the Vantage and this experience as I can.”
Entering the team’s 21st year of competition, Toronto-based Multimatic Motorsports has established itself as Canada’s premiere motorsports organization and has claimed three GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS championships in 10 years. Being surrounded by such a capable team is nothing new to Marsal, who has already had the opportunity to race with some of the biggest names in the sport in his young career.
“Last season, I got to race for Dyson in the Prototypes and of course I’ve raced for Turner Motorsport for several seasons so now I’m looking forward to being a part of this Multimatic effort,” said Marsal. “It’s going to be a bit odd for me to make this change, but hopefully I will have the chance to race for Will (Turner) in GRAND-AM again soon.”
In Marsal’s debut GRAND-AM season, he finished runner-up in the 2010 GS championship and in 30 race starts has claimed two race wins, nine-top five finishes and 18 top-10 results. With so much experience in the well-developed BMW M3, Marsal is also relishing the chance to be a part of the Aston Martin program, which showed flashes of excellence during the 2012 season.
“Finding the lap times in the Aston I think will be different from the BMW and I know I’m going to have to adjust how I approach driving this car versus the BMW,” said Marsal. “But that is also a big part of the appeal for me because it will help me become a more complete driver, so I’m looking forward to this challenge. I’ve been up to Toronto to visit Multimatic, and the facility is really impressive. I have to say that the depth of what the organization is capable of is really impressive and I look forward to being part of a hopefully strong season for them this year.”
Marsal is also close to firming up his Rolex Series plans for 2013 with an announcement expected in the coming weeks.