Aston Martin Racing ready for Fuji fight

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Aston Martin Racing is set for the seventh round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the 6 Hours of Fuji, as the team heads east to Japan’s Fuji Speedway.

Following back-to-back wins in Mexico City and Austin for the team’s two GTE Pro entries, the Banbury-based outfit finds itself leading the GTE Pro, GT Manufacturers’ and GT Drivers titles through Marco Sørensen (DN) and Nicki Thiim (DN). With only three rounds remaining of the 2016 WEC season, the team is focused on extending its leads at this weekend’s 6 Hours of Fuji, which takes place on Sunday 16 October.

Speaking ahead of the weekend, Marco Sørensen, driver of the team’s #95 GTE Pro entry said, “We’ve been on a massive high since winning in Austin. Nicki and I had been waiting a while to claim our first victory and it now brings us the confidence to do the same again this weekend in Japan. With only three races left of the season, we’ve got to do what we can to claim maximum points and make sure we keep at the top of the table”.

Sørensen will be partnered once again by his Danish colleague Nicki Thiim in the #95 V8 Vantage GTE Pro entry, while in the sister #97 car, Darren Turner (GB) will be re-joined by Richie Stanaway (NZ), who returns to the WEC for the remainder of the season.

Team’s #98 GTE Am entry of Paul Dalla Lana (C), Pedro Lamy (P) and Mathias Lauda (A) also travels to Japan with victory fresh in the mind, following the 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

Having reduced the deficit to the leading car by 17 points last round, the trio will look to build on this success and continue to bring themselves into title contention.

Ahead of the weekend, Team Principal Paul Howarth said, “The success we’ve enjoyed over the past two rounds is purely the result of discipline and professionalism. It’s essential that we continue this performance in both Fuji and the next round in Shanghai to ensure all three entries are in the strongest possible position in the championship once we reach Bahrain. It’s a very close battle between ourselves and the Ferraris in GTE Pro, but I have every confidence in the team to succeed”.

The 6 Hours of Fuji begins at 11:00 local time on Sunday 16 October.

Source material - Aston Martin Racing
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