AMR news coming out of the desert of Bahrain ***Updated***

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The realisation of first having won the Aston Martin BRDC Autosport Young Driver of the Year at the weekend as well as the BRDC's Chris Bairstow Trophy the next day has presumably had little chance to settling in for winner Johnathon Hoggard before he picks up another spoil from his title winnings this weekend in Bahrain.

Part of his prize for winning the Aston Martin sponsored BRDC Autosport Award is a test within one of Aston Martin Racing's V8 Vantage GTE's at the Rookie Test after this weekends fourth round of the World Endurance Championship.

Originally not being listed upon the entry, both AMR Vantage GTE Pro class cars now appear on said entry list (with all six Pro cars now being in attendance) and features a list a familiar sports car and tin top drivers as well as all four AMR factory Pro drivers aboard the second car.

LMP2 racer Gabriel Aubrey, Garage 59 and Gulf Racing WEC driver Andrew Watson and brother of Marco Sorensen, Lasse Sorensen join Hoggard aboard the #95 car (subject to licence requirements) for Sundays, five hour test.

Joining that news out of Bahrain today is news that Paul Dalla Lana will indeed be rejoining his former duo of WEC co-drivers in Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda in an Aston Martin Racing factory supported Vantage GT3 at next months IMSA Daytona 24.

That trio will be joined by Ross Gunn at Daytona as the Canadian businessman continues his parallel racing commitments in both Daytona and possibly Bathurst - races that he has previously contested with both Mercedes AMG and Ferrari hardware. This trip would be Gunn's only second racing visit to the USA having raced with Automatic Racing and Akhil Rabindra in the Michelin Pilot Challenge at VIR but his first appearance in the headline 24hr event on that side of the pond..

Then, there are the rumours of a certain Dane featuring within the new Heart of Racing AMR GTD driving squad at Daytona as well - we shall await confirmation on that one before jumping to conclusions!! We think that that would be his first visit to Daytona as well!

***Update - Whilst things have gone quiet on Hoggard actually testing or not, it has been confirmed by AMR that their 2019 Aston Martin Racing Drivers Academy winner and reigning British GT GT4 Champion Tom Canning WILL be testing a GTE at the circuit on Sunday - probably with TF Sport all contrary to the previous Rookie Test listings

Happy days..........!!!

Photo credits - BRDC / AMR

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