FIA WEC returns after its summer break with 6Hrs of Mexico

Monday, August 29, 2016

With a trio of its customer teams having collected a trio of podium finishes last weekend, this weekend sees the return of the Aston Martin Racing factory team to the track as they compete for the first time at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Making up the fifth round of the 2016 WEC championship, Mexico is also the first 'fly away' race of the mainly European based field and is another one of these race weekends that culminate with the 6 hours race taking place on the Saturday.

Aston Martin Racing return with both of their V8 Vantage GTE Pro cars as well as their single GTE Am car. The race will also be only the second time this year that both Pro cars will field a twin driver line up after #95 Dane Train secured a third place finish last time out in Germany in that format.

No driver changes are expected across any of the cars at this race although something may be held up the teams sleeve as they ready themselves to loose Richie Stanaway at the next round at the Circuit of the Americas due to his Aussie V8 commitments with the Prodrive team. With both Fernando Rees and Jonny Adam being dropped prior to the Nurburgring event over six weeks ago both will have lost out on car experience if either are later called upon for CoTA.

The #98 GTE Am car of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathia Lauda remains unchanged although there have been some reports of the car switching away from Dunlop tyres and back to Michelins. Photos posted on social media following the customary shakedown of all the cars prior to them be freighted off to Mexico still had them tagged in and liveried up with Dunlop?

As the teams prepare for the Mexico round the #95 of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen presently sits in third position on the teams championship just five points behind the leading #66 Ford GT with the #97 Darren Turner/Richie Stanaway car a further twelve points behind them in fifth.

In GTE Am the #98 Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda sits in second position in there team championship but a massive 41 points behind the leading #83 AF Corse Ferrari.

Full programme timings for the Mexico event can be found HERE

Photo credits - Adrenal Media / AMR
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