ELMS confirm two Aston Martin Racing GT3 crews for 2024

Wednesday, December 06, 2023


Last week we learned about the inclusion of two Aston Martin Racing powered teams within Season 12 of the World Endurance Championship for its inaugural year of their new LMGT3 class having seen out the venerable GTE class at the tail end of this season.

This week saw equally good news coming from the European Le Mans Series who also confirmed a capacity grid for its 2024 calendar, something that also included a further two Aston Martin Racing powered teams.

With the WEC reducing its available class entry to just the Hypercar and the new LMGT3 class, that placed additional demands onto the entry committee of the ELMS series where Monday saw them confirm a capacity grid of forty-three cars including eleven GT3’s.

Differing slightly from the season just finished, TF Sport do return to the series with an Aston Martin but come rebranded under the entry name of Grid Motorsport by TF with two of the required three drivers already named.

Stepping up from the GT World Challenge European Series with Bullitt Racing sees Australian Martin Berry swap across to what is expected to be an enhanced “evo” AMR Vantage GT3 2024 for the new season with British racer Lorcan Hanafin. Their third driver will be confirmed later.

Joining them on the grid is a very welcome entry from the Racing Spirit of Leman team who again team up with Valentin Hasse-Clot for another year of ACO rules GT racing but this time with American racer Derek DeBoer joining them for what will be his first full season of racing in Europe.

Both the team, Hasse-Clot and Arnold Robin secured the GT3 class of the ELMS supporting Le Mans Cup Series this year whilst DeBoer raced with both Hasse-Clot and Ross Gunn in The Racers Group GT World Challenge America Series Aston Martin entry this year as he stepped up to the GT3 class for the first time.

With that TRG liveried car being placed up for sale soon after season end, changes were always afoot for the American who confirmed that he would be racing somewhere next season with the new iteration of AMR Vantage GT3. That confirmation also came on Monday when the team and two drivers confirmed their new allegiances, just over a week after DeBoer raced with the team for the first time at the final round of the Ultimate Cup Series at Paul Ricard, France.

Like most, their third driver will also be confirmed closer to the start of the season which kicks off in Barcelona in mid-April 2024 before visiting Le Castellet, Imola, Spa, and Mugello before concluding again at Portimao in mid-October.

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