Kohr Motorsports confirm their swap to AMR in Michelin Pilot Challenge

Kohr Motorsports confirm their swap to AMR in Michelin Pilot Challenge

Long time Ford Mustang runners Kohr Motorsport last night confirmed their swap to the new Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4 for their forthcoming IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge for drivers Nathan Stacey and Kyle Marcelli.

The Michigan based team becomes the latest concrete to the British marque and confirms the massive amount of work put in by AMR's North American strategic partner CSJ Motorsport during the closed season as now four such cars are now expected to run at next weekends Rolex 24 event and their four hour BMW Endurance Challenge event at Daytona International Speedway.

KohR Motorsports will now join the likes of Automatic Racing and Cameron Racing who have already declared their AMR entries and should be the final piece of their new North American jigsaw for the IMSA Series at least!

Photo credit - Kohr / IMSA
Saturday, January 18, 2020 |
AMR confirm replacemnet driver for Rolex 24 and adds Riberas to works roster

AMR confirm replacemnet driver for Rolex 24 and adds Riberas to works roster

Aston Martin Racing’s presence at the pinnacle of US endurance motorsport is to be significantly increased, with the British sportscar manufacturer returning to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD class in 2020. Two Aston Martin Vantage GT3s will contest the blue riband Rolex 24 at Daytona race next weekend (25-26 January), while new partner team Heart of Racing will run a full season programme this year.

Aston Martin Racing has entered a Vantage GT3 supported by NorthWest Healthcare in the Rolex 24, alongside Heart of Racing’s entry. This works-run #98 car will be driven by long-standing factory drivers Pedro Lamy (POR), Mathias Lauda (A) and Ross Gunn (GB) as well as new addition, the AMR Junior driver Andrew Watson (GB), who stands in for 2017 FIA WEC GTE Am world champion Paul Dalla Lana. The Canadian picked up a minor injury in the winter break.

"This is such a great opportunity for me," said Watson. "I am very grateful to Aston Martin for the chance to continue to prove what I can do. I know the Vantage GT3 well, having raced it in Europe last season. It’s all come about quickly but my focus is on preparation to ensure I do the best job possible and deliver a result for the team. I’ve never raced in America before so for the first event to be the Rolex 24 is mind blowing. We’ve got a great line-up and we should be competitive.”

Dalla Lana added: “It’s a real shame not to be racing in the Rolex 24, a race that’s close to my heart and particularly with Aston Martin where we have unfinished business. But I wish my old team-mates Mat and Pedro luck, as well as my current WEC partner Ross, and offer my thanks to Andrew for stepping up to the plate so quickly. It’s a tough race but this is a strong crew and I sincerely wish them all good luck. I can’t wait to get back in the cockpit at COTA in February.”

Heart of Racing’s line-up will feature two Aston Martin drivers in its Rolex 24 crew. Aston Martin announces that it has secured the services of Alex Riberas as its AMR North America driver. The Spaniard is a multiple race winner at IMSA GTD level and has a wealth of experience having previously raced internationally for several manufacturers prior to signing with Aston Martin.

"I am extremely excited about joining Aston Martin, one of the strongest organisations in endurance racing. I have had a glimpse of their professionalism and their ambition to achieve great results, so to be a part of such an effort is definitely a dream come true. During the 2020 season my main focus will be in IMSA, where I will have the honour to represent AMR in their comeback year in the series. With the latest Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and the new AMR partner, Heart of Racing, we have everything we need to compete at the front of one of the most competitive fields in GT3 racing. The Rolex 24 simply cannot come soon enough."

Riberas will join Aston Martin works driver and current FIA World Endurance Championship GTE leader Nicki Thiim (DEN) in supporting Heart of Racing drivers Ian James (GB) and Roman de Angelis (CDN) at the Rolex 24. Riberas and De Angelis will then form the regular season line-up for the rest of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where they will be joined by James for the longer endurance events.

While Aston Martin is returning to the core of the IMSA race-card, the new Vantage was already present in the IMSA paddock in 2019 with the GT4 variant being successfully campaigned by long-time customer team Automatic Racing in the Michelin Pilot Challenge support series. This partnership will continue in 2020 with two cars, and they will be joined by Cameron Racing with another Vantage GT4.

The Rolex 24 at Daytona, takes place at the Daytona Speedway on 25-26 January, 2020.

Source material - AMR

Friday, January 17, 2020 |
Grabbing a piece of Aston Martin history

Grabbing a piece of Aston Martin history

Kindly spotted and posted upon social media by a well informed follower sees two rare Aston Martin Rally GT being listed for sale.

Listed on the Motorsportauctions.com website, the listing includes two of only four such cars ever made by Prodrive and developed, prepared and run by the David Appleby Engineering team.

Full listing:-

What an opportunity – 2 Aston Martin Vantage GT Rally cars and comprehensive spares package in one lot!

Built by Prodrive, two of only four Rally GT cars ever made. Both cars prepared and run by David Appleby Engineering with no expense spared as the ultimate club rally cars

‘RAL 7Y’ – a complete car with reported 420bhp at the wheels, GEMS dash, Hewland six-speed sequential gearbox and rose-jointed suspension

'OU06 ETJ’ – presented to auction needing completing having been stripped with the aim of competing in European GT rally class. Lightweight spec.

Comprehensive spares package – approx 50 wheels and tyres, three Hewland sequential gearboxes, exhaust systems, sump guard etc.

The viewing and auction takes place at the Warwick Complex, National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, CV8 2LG

Viewing will take place as follows:
9am - 5pm on Friday 21st February
From 9am on Saturday 22nd February
From 9am on Sunday 23rd February

The auctions take place on Saturday 22nd February and Sunday 23rd February. The automobilia sales starts at 11.00am and the classic and competition car sale starts at 2.00pm

Photo credits - Motorsport Auctions
Thursday, January 16, 2020 |
Rolex 24 update - UPDATED AGAIN!

Rolex 24 update - UPDATED AGAIN!

With just about a week to go before the preliminary track sessions of the 2020 Rolex 24 and supporting IMSA series, this week has seen a number of changes made to the expected Aston Martin Racing contingent in both the 24 main event as well as the Michelin Pilot Challenge.

Yesterday saw the release of the first official provisional entry lists for both races that detailed two AMR Vantage entries apiece in both GT3 and GT4 form - nearly what was expected.

In GT3, Aston Martin Racing have continued to list the attendance of their #98 Northwest supported car despite the non attendance of gentleman driver Paul Dalla Lana at the Roar before the 24 official test just over a week ago.

We heard then how the Canadian had injured his foot in a skiing accident over the Christmas holidays and how that injury would be keeping him away from next weeks IMSA series opener from the Daytona International Speedway. AMR have been actively seeking a suitably funding replacement who could join drivers Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Ross Gunn in the new AMR Vantage GT3 (GTD's) first venture into an American Series which has all gone a bit quiet until today.

Today we hear from Aston Martin Racing themselves to expect an exciting announcement tomorrow morning (Friday) into what is happening with that presently vacant position within the #98 car. Who that could be we have no idea but then it could always be Dalla Lana himself having been given an additional week of recovery since his accident - we don't know but at least we don't have long to wait!!

This Vantage GT3 of course joins the debuting Heart of Racing AMR team Vantage GT3 with their drivers Roman De Angelis, Alex Riberas, Ian James and Nicki Thiim aboard their #23 car. With these guys let's not forget that they are not just a racing team but also a fund raising mechanism for the Seattle Children's Hospital.

Further details of that good cause can be found HERE

Then we come to the IMSA support Michelin Pilot Challenge Series which will also have their first race of the season on the Saturday of the Rolex 24 with their annual four hour BMW Endurance Challenge.

At the Roar, we saw the #99 Automatic Racing AMR Vantage GT4 crew of Kris Wilson and Gary Ferrera conduct a very productive test weekend aboard their new turbo charged iteration of Vantage having conducted most of last seasons racing aboard their normally aspirated car.

Whilst we were lead to believe that another entry from the Florida based team was expected, the additional AMR runners have come from a another team returning to the AMR family for the first time in a number of years with the Cameron Racing #43 car of Greg Liefooghe and Ari Balogh but then there may just be others as well.

This California based team have only just taken delivery of their AMR Vantage from AMR's North American Strategic partner CSJ Motorsport so they have little time to prepare their car. That will not come as too much of a surprise for these two drivers however having raced the very same platform at last seasons Lime Rock Park event where only race ending contact damage scuppered a decent race finish potential.

Let's see what tomorrow brings.....................!!



The news from the USA just keeps getting better!

Photo credits - HRT / AMR / IMSA / CSJ Motorsport

Thursday, January 16, 2020 |
Welcome IMSA's latest AMR customer

Welcome IMSA's latest AMR customer

Publicly confirmed by the team only today sees Cameron Racing reveal themselves as the latest team in the USA to switch to the Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4 for their 2020 season commitments.

Video reveal by team

In yet another deal secured by Aston Martin Racing's North American strategic partner, CSJ Motorsport, Cameron Racing have today confirmed their continued participation within the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Series having now switched from BMW starting at next weekends season opener from Daytona.

The Californian based team was established over thirty years ago by Team Principle Stephen Cameron over which time they have developed a wealth of knowledge in single seater, GT and historic motorsport.

Although the team have not quoted a specific driver line up, they have tagged in their 'resident' driver Gregory Liefooghe who (if you remember) borrowed a CSJ Motorsport Vantage GT4 with great success at last seasons Michelin Pilot Challenge race at Lime Rock Park with Ari Balogh where only late contact for the #09 car failed to produce an outstanding race result.

This news rekindles previous associations between Cameron Racing, Liefooghe and Aston Martin Racing.

Let the good times roll............................

Photo credits - Lagunas Photography / Cameron Racing

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 |
Aston Martin crews coming together for Bathurst 12Hr

Aston Martin crews coming together for Bathurst 12Hr

With two Aston Martin Racing Partner teams entering two V8 Vantage GT3's apiece into the 2020 Bathurst 12Hr, today sees another drive line up confirmed leaving just one outstanding ahead of the event that starts at the end of the month.

Following on from their announcement late last year from Swiss based R-Motorsport running a top level all Pro line up in the #76 car, today sees the team announce another trio of drivers (also entered into the full Pro class) but this time made of a trio with mixed racing experience.

Long time team racer Marvin Kirchhofer this year joins up with the first new recruit signed by the team for their 2020 campaigns in Luca Ghiotto who will in turn be joined by GT3 debutant yet already a single seater and GT4 Champion Ollie Caldwell.

Italian racer Ghiotto has spent the majority of his racing career to date in single seaters with the last three seasons racing in the FIA F2 Championship. This season he has also raced with Ginetta LNT in the World Endurance Championship in their LMP1.

Caldwell meanwhile has been completing most of his racing calendar last year abroad in the Formula Regional European Championship, at the Macau Grand Prix in an FIA F3 car as well as the German ADAC F4 Series - all from which he earned himself as a top ten finalist in the 2019 Aston Martin Autosport Young Driver of the Year.

In 2018 he also secured the overall GT4 class win in the Gulf 12hr in a Mercedes with Ram Racing's Ian Loggie.

This will be Caldwell's first visit to the Mountain and his first GT3 race, similar to how it was with Matt Parry last year with the team when the (birthday boy today) raced in the teams #760 normally aspirated Vantage GT3 with the two team Principles for the first time. Parry also served as Caldwell's personal driver coach during his 2019 season.

This trio lines up alongside Jake Dennis, Scott Dixon and Rick Kelly who have already been confirmed by the team within their #76 car, a car that will this time run in a Castrol Oil livery. Despite the depth and quality of these names, this will also be the first time that multiple Indycar Champion Dixon has ever raced at the circuit whereas former V8 Supercar racer Kelly obviously has many times and with Dennis who was part of the trio that finished a very close second at last years event.

These two cars are of course joined by two from the Garage 59 stable with team co-owners Alex West and Chris Goodwin again partnering up with their resident Pro driver Come Ledogar in their #188 Pro-Am entry.

They will be joined by the as yet unconfirmed trio of Silver ranked drivers aboard their second car.

The 2020 12hrs of Bathurst also starts off the 2020 Intercontinental GT Challenge - a five race series which will also take most of these GT3 runners to Spa Francorchamps, Suzuka, Indianapolis before concluding again in Kyalami, South Africa.

Track action for the Bathurst 12Hr runners begins with the first Free Practice session on Friday 31t January.

Photo credits - IGTC / R-Motorsport / Garage 59

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 |
D'Station Racing AMR taken out of contention in Australian thriller

D'Station Racing AMR taken out of contention in Australian thriller

After the technical issues in Qualifying yesterday, D'Station Racing AMR's start to todays second round of the Asian Le Mans Series from The Bend Motorsport Park in Australia was always going to be something of a struggle for the crew of the V8 Vantage GT3.

With the defective components having been changed overnight it would be Tomonobu Fujii who would take the start to todays four hour race as the Japanese team and their AMR factory engineers worked out their best strategy to restore a running position much higher up the GT grid than their P7 start suggested.

Indeed that was precisely the case in the opening laps as the #77 car avoided the early shenanigans of twenty five, multi class car diving into the start of a complicated mid field circuit for the first time which claimed both an LMP3 and the JLOC Lamborghini (amongst others) on the opening lap.

That aside, and whilst 'local' driver Liam Talbot stormed off into an early lead in his #27 HubAuto Corse Ferrari 488, Fujii had already moved up to P5 in class on the opening lap and up to P3 in class on the next lap before swiftly moving up to the rear of the second placed T2 Motorsport Ferrari.

Luck soon came the way of the #77 car as the #75 T2 Motorsport car spun off track to become temporarily beached on the kerb - that moved the #77 Aston Martin up to a comfortable looking P2 in class before the actions of others all but destroyed the race for the team and drivers Fujii, Satoshi Hoshino and Ross Gunn.

Coming through the twisty section of the backfield going through turns 18,19 and 20, the GT leaders were being caught by the faster LMP2 cars for the first time around this 7.7km circuit despite twenty five minutes of racing already under their belts.

Seeing the leader come up behind, Fujii let that car past but unbeknown to him the #45 Thunderhead Carlin Motorsport car of Jack Manchester was also coming into the mini hairpin corner at turn 23 too fast and straight into the blind spot for the #77.

Turning into the corner when he had to, Fujii first knowledge of the Carlin car being there was the collision that the front right hand side of his AMR had with the rear left hand corner of the prototype. and whilst Manchester elected to continue, the damage to the front of the #77 car needed immediate attention for which the Aston would disappear into the garage for the next thirty minutes.

That delay of course destroyed any such chance of a decent race result yet alone another podium finish. By the time the car was in a fit state to return to the track, the first hour of racing was already complete and it was team boss Satoshi Hoshino who would pick up the reigns from where Fujii had left off.

As the Full Course Yellows and Safety cars came and went for debris, stranded vehicles and fire aboard one unfortunate LMP2, there was little that neither Hoshino nor Gunn could do to recover their situation enough to make it count although by the end, their race deficit was just six laps.

The most galling thing about the whole #77/45 collision was that the Carlin car was awarded just a drive through penalty for their actions and whilst the D'Station Racing AMR car eventually finished 17th on track and P6 in class the #45 car would profit from the late demise of the long time leading #1 Eurasia car to take the final step of the overall podium.

The Series will now reconvene in Sepang, Malaysia in just over a month time where hopefully the change in circuit profile will once again come within the 'sweet spot' of the Vantage GT3 before the concluding round of the season in Thailand just a week later - that will be the race that Gunn will be forced to miss due to the rescheduled World Endurance Championship race at CoTA in the USA.

With a Ferrari lock out of the podium in Australia following the previous round in China where non were on it, this of course leaves for an opening Championship title fight as the Series moves back to Asia.

Photo credits - D'Station Racing / ALMS

Sunday, January 12, 2020 |
Uphill battle for D'Station Racing at The Bend in Australia

Uphill battle for D'Station Racing at The Bend in Australia

This weekends second round of the 2019-20 Asian Le Mans Series will be something of an uphill struggle for last time winners D'Station Racing AMR as a mechanical problem during Qualifying sees them starting from near the rear of the grid tomorrow.

This weekend also marks the first ever visit by international race series to Australia's latest race track facility at the Bend near Adelaide, an event that will also see the first competitive race conducted around its mighty full 7.7km, thirty five corner circuit.

Having never had LMP2, LMP3 and modern GT3 cars race around the full circuit, set up and tyre data is something of a premium for all twenty five ALMS cars who have made their way over to New South Wales for this very inaugural event.

Surprisingly, weather has also been very much been an issue at the circuit since track action started yesterday with ambient temperatures ranging from between 40 degrees plus during circuit/car set up earlier in the week to just 20 degrees and torrential rainfall during open testing on Friday. With this mornings Qualifying session being competed back on a dry and hot circuit, the whole four race of Sunday is expected to be run in similar, if not hotter again conditions.

Despite yesterdays rainfall, the #77 AMR remained the 'greenest' on and around the parched circuit backdrop.

For the #77 D'Station Racing AMR crew of Satoshi Hoshino, Tomonobu Fujii and Ross Gunn, the Bend has been a progressive sequence of getting both themselves and the car dialled into what is a extremely complex and technical circuit in both of driving requirements and the racing longevity of the car with fuel and tyres already an issue should either be compremised out on track almost inevitably killing off any chances of a podium finish - just because of the distances involved back to pit lane.

The Ferrari 488 GT3 entries have again been the pick of the GT bunch in the available four track sessions since Friday - similar to what they were in round one in Shanghai before they all quickly faulted in the early stages of the race never to trouble the front runners again. Unfortunately on the flip side of that, the #77 AMR Vantage GT3 has never been able to elevate themselves too far up the timing screen in the same sessions - we don't know if that is intentional or if the twists and turns of the midfield circuit really don't suit the dynamics of the AMR Vantage GT3?

Either way, and with Gunn again taking on the Qualifying duties for the team, his fastest lap time of 2:59.285 was his fastest time of the weekend - the teams first sub three minute lap but troublingly nearly three seconds slower in P7 in class than the pole setting #27 HubAuto Corsa Ferrari and Davide Rigeon. A later message from Gunn confirmed a failure on an undefined front end component as as issue and may give reason to the sound of front end tyre squeal off the TV audio during Gunns Qualifying run.

But the race isn't going to be about the likes of Gunn, Rigeon and Ledogar - rather who's three driver line up can average the fastest and be at the front of the queue come the chequered flag after four hours of sweltering car craft!

Sundays start of the 4 hours of The Bend begins at 13:00hrs local (that GMT +10.5hrs) - that's a very early start for most of us who are Europe based but at least the event is again streamed live via the series Website and Youtube channel.

Hopefully Gunn will be able to knock the boys up a little something in the kitchen so that they can get the job done on Sunday (OK, it may just a ready meal but it is the thought that counts!!)

In other news with the team - this weekend had also seen the remanning members of the team back in Japan receive their series accolades for finishing second in the 2019 Pirelli Super Taikyu Series STX Class for drivers Satoshi Hoshino, Tomonobu Fujii and Tsubasa Kondo aboard their AMR Vantage GT3 that they race in this weekend.

Photo credits - D'Station Racing / ALMS

Saturday, January 11, 2020 |
Desert heartache for Newbridge in Dubai 24

Desert heartache for Newbridge in Dubai 24

The opening round of the 2020 24H Series from Dubai this week was supposed to be the catalyst that swept the Newbridge Motorsport team into headline GT racing around Europe with their new Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4 - instead it has turned into something of a nightmare.

Arriving in Dubai earlier this week, videos were posted onto the team's social media channels showing everyone methodically going about their business, preparing the garage and car for the start of track activity that commenced last Wednesday with Private Testing.

As each test and Free Practice session came and went, the #471 Newbridge entry sadly remained stranded in the garage with an unquantifiable electrical fault that the team worked tirelessly on to resolve.

Missing Qualifying itself yesterday, they patiently awaited the delivery of strategic component parts flown in overnight from the Prodrive factory in the UK, there remained the hope that the issues could be fixed in time for the teams five drivers to take at least a delayed entry into the start of the 24hour race earlier this morning.

Unfortunately, repairs and the swapping out of parts have been not been able to resolve the issues within the car with the team ultimately but reluctantly retiring the #471 car from the event not having turned a single timed lap in the UAE.

The biggest test from this will be who they deal with this and how they bounce back at their next racing event as the real autopsy on this week events cannot begin until the car is returned back to base in the UK.

Photo credits - Newbridge

Friday, January 10, 2020 |
AGS Events Racing expands into AMR Vantage GT4 for FFSA GT

AGS Events Racing expands into AMR Vantage GT4 for FFSA GT

With all the new Aston Martin Racing customer teams in North America taking much of the news attention in the last week or so, a team closer to home has also taken today as their opportunity to announce two further driver crews for their 2020 adventures.

Previously having raced Porsches Cayman's in the French national FFSA GT Series as well as Lamborghini's in the European Super Trofeo Series, French team AGS Events Racing Motorsport took an early decision in 2019 to swap over to the new Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4 for their 2020 FFSA GT GT4 commitments as well as possibly other series within Europe.

Today sees the team confirm their third driver line up who will again race in their national FFSA GT GT4 series that starts at the Nogaro circuit in mid April.

Following on from last years primary driver line up of Mike Parisy and Nicolas Gomar sees the team confirm four more drivers in Christophe Carriere and Didier Dumaine as well as Stephane Desbrosse and Lauris Nauroy.

The 2020 season will feature six race meetings including races around the streets of Pau in late May as well as a race during the SRO's Speedweek over the Total 24hours of Spa week.

More AMR racing teams are expected within this Series but have yet to announce.

Photo credits - AGS Events Racing

Thursday, January 09, 2020 |
Team AMR just gets bigger again in the USA

Team AMR just gets bigger again in the USA

The continued hard work of recruiting new teams into the Aston Martin Racing family by the factory's North American strategic partner CSJ Motorsport again came up trumps today with the announcement that the Flying Lizard team will the latest racing team in the USA to compete in an AMR Vantage GT4 for their forthcoming 2020 season.

A long standing Porsche team, todays announcement sees their driver line up of Michael Dinan and Robby Foley swap to the new turbo charged Vantage GT4 for the SRO sanctioned GT4 America Series in both the Sprint and Sprint X race formats for which the team have already acquired two cars.

Having more recently competed in a Porsche Cayman GT4, it appears that a racing trip over to the Gulf 12hrs at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi last December was enough for Dinan to decide between the car platforms as he shared one of Optimum Motorsports AMR Vantage GT4's for the first time in a race environment with great personal success.

“I’m ready and excited to take on my second season in SRO GT4 America with Flying Lizard Motorsports,” said Dinan. “I've learned plenty of valuable lessons in my first full season of racing that I'll be looking to improve on in 2020. The new car is exciting, so hopefully we can compete for wins and podiums right away.”

This news comes off the back of the first GT4 America team to swap over to the AMR platform to show off their new arrival into their garage today ready for the new season that starts in early March. That car will be driven by Bryan Putt and Kenton Koch in the same series as the Flying Lizards so a competitive GT4 Series just got a whole lot more competitive between stable-mates!

This is great news for all involved and just reward for both CSJ Motorsport and the AMR factory that have worked so hard to facilitate such deals within still relatively tight timescales before the new season as both work to broaden the marques presence on that side of the Atlantic. 

These teams we understand, are not the end of the new recruits that shall race an AMR in either the SRO or IMSA sanctioned series but only time will see those deals confirmed by those involved.

Photo credits - Flying Lizards / Gulf 12hr / Optimum / Social media

Thursday, January 09, 2020 |
Still at a loose end this weekend?

Still at a loose end this weekend?

If staying in and watching live motorsport from either Dubai or Australia isn't you cup of tea (but if that is the case then you may need to have a strong word with yourself), then you could always pop down to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham to see what Aston Martin Racing offerings are on display at this years Autosport International Show.

We know that at least one half of the 2019 British GT Championship GT3 Champion pairing of Graham Davidson and Jonny Adam will be at the show on both Friday and Saturday with the former definitely there to talk about his season's Championship winning achievements and what might be happening this season coming as well as having his 2019 TF Sport AMR Vantage GT3 on display as well.

Another iconic race car from the Aston Martin Racing family will be a 2008 DBR-9 GT1 that came fourth at Le Mans with drivers Heinz Harold Frentzen, Andrea Piccini and Karl Wendlinger at the wheel. This car is due to on display at the Le Mans eSport Series driver simulator stand.

We won't be there this year to check out on those race drivers with AMR ties to see what is lurking in the 'announcement queue' for this season but it is usual for the drivers like AMR factory drivers Darren Turner and Jonny Adam to also attend and speak on the main stage.

Trade only days start from tomorrow into Friday with public admission on both Saturday and Sunday.
Wednesday, January 08, 2020 |
Westbrook and Tincknell join AMR for Le Mans

Westbrook and Tincknell join AMR for Le Mans

Aston Martin Racing will attack the GTE classes of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020 with three ultra-competitive line-ups, after announcing British endurance aces Harry Tincknell and Richard Westbrook will complete its GTE Pro roster for this year’s French classic.

The experienced Westbrook, from Bath, joins FIA World Endurance Championship GTE Pro leaders Nicki Thiim (DEN) and Marco Sørensen (DEN) in the #95 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE for Le Mans. Having raced for three separate manufacturers prior to signing with Aston Martin, Westbrook is a multiple race winner in the GTLM class of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, as well as a class winner of the Daytona 24 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours and has twice stood on the podium at Le Mans.

“I think for anyone, racing for Aston Martin is something you can be extremely proud of but being British makes it that little bit more special,” said Westbrook. “Aston Martin Racing is leading the world championship, and they are an elite team, with the best quality engineers and mechanics all the way through. And the car is really singing on top note right now, so it’s a good time to be joining. I’m excited to be working with Nicki again, we raced together in the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2014, and I found that we were quite similar in the way we worked and what we wanted from the car. I’ve never driven alongside Marco, but I have raced against him and I’ve only ever heard and seen good things. I know I am going to fit right in, and that is really important at a race like Le Mans.”

Tincknell, from Devon, was a class winner at Le Mans on his race debut in LMP2 back in 2014. Having enjoyed spells with three high profile manufacturers, the 2016 European Le Mans Series champion went on to score multiple wins in the GTE Pro class with Ford and outright wins in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship prototype class with Mazda, for whom he will dovetail his racing commitments this year. He joins his old friend and sparring partner Alex Lynn (GB) and Maxime Martin (BEL) in the #97 Vantage GTE.

"I’m really looking forward to it," said Tincknell. "Joining Alex and Max is going to be great. I’ve raced against Alex since our karting days and we’re pretty good friends. I’ve known Max as well for a long time, so the dynamic will be good. Growing up, Aston Martin was one of the cars you would always dream about. Now I’m racing for this brand that I have been watching since I was a kid. There is a massive heritage and to be a small part of that, I have to pinch myself a little bit that it’s coming true.”

Aston Martin Racing President David King added: “Every team wants to put itself in the strongest position to be competitive for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and signing Harry and Richard is a big step in that direction. Harry is racing and winning at the sharp end of all forms of top-level endurance racing and we know his standard is high from racing against him directly in the FIA WEC for the past four years. Richard has been a proven force at the top level of GT racing for a number of years and his speed and experience is perfect for the ‘Dane Train’ at Le Mans. We had a tough time at Le Mans last year, and we are absolutely focused on recapturing the winning feeling that we last had there in 2017. The Vantage GTE has been delivering on its promise throughout the 2019/20 FIA WEC season, with two wins from the first four races putting us at the top of the championship tables at this halfway stage. It’s imperative we build on this and give ourselves the best chance of delivering in the finale where of course the points are doubled.”

The line-up of the #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE Am entry, driven by Paul Dalla Lana (CDN), Darren Turner (GB) – aiming for his fourth Le Mans class victory – and Ross Gunn (GB) remains unchanged for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Source material- AMR
Wednesday, January 08, 2020 |