Aston Martin Racing GTE-Pro 2015 FIA WEC season review - Part 2


This is Part 2 of our complete Aston Martin Racing GTE-Pro season review in FIA World Endurance Championship. Part 1 can be read right here.

The FIA WEC left Europe and headed to North America and the State of Texas. The beautiful Cicuit of the Americas in Austin played host to the fifth round of the 2015 season.

Aston Martin Racing took a great GTE-Pro pole position in qualifying with Alex MacDowall, Fernando Rees and Richie Stanaway (#99 Aston Martin).

However the Texan six-hour race proved to be hard one for the AMR squad. Pole-setting Alex MacDowall, Fernando Rees and Richie Stanaway (#99 Aston Martin) were fourth in GTE-Pro. Christoffer Nygaard and Marco Sørensen (#95 Aston Martin) were fifth. Darren Turner and Jonathan Adam (#97 Aston Martin) were sixth.


The next round was held at the famous Fuji Speedway. No front row in GTE-Pro qualifying for Aston Martin Racing. The best ranked Vantage GTE was third in class, the #99 Aston Martin driven by Alex MacDowall and Fernando Rees who were joined in Japan by Stefan Mücke.

As was the case at COTA, the Aston Martin squad struggled on race day. All of the three factory cars were outside the top-four in GTE-Pro class. Christoffer Nygaard and Marco Sørensen (#95 Aston Martin) were fifth. Darren Turner and Jonathan Adam (#97 Aston Martin) were sixth. Alex MacDowall, Fernando Rees and Stefan Mücke (#99 Aston Martin) were seventh.


Round seven was held at the Shanghai International Circuit. The Chinese event featured only two Aston Martin Vantage GTE cars. The Danish run entry from Young Driver AMR (#95 Aston Martin) withdrew from the event as a sign of protest against a penalizing Balance of Performance in GTE-Pro class.

Alex MacDowall, Fernando Rees and Richie Stanaway (#99 Aston Martin) qualified in third place within the GTE-Pro class. Their team-mates Darren Turner and Jonathan Adam (#97 Aston Martin) were sixth.

In the six-hour race the two Vantages weren't able to fight for class win and top spots. Alex MacDowall, Fernando Rees and Richie Stanaway (#99 Aston Martin) ended the Shanghai event fifth in class. Darren Turner and Jonathan Adam (#97 Aston Martin) were again sixth in GTE-Pro.


In Bahrain home of the season finale, Aston Martin Racing was back to a three-car effort with the return of the Young Driver AMR entry. Before the Middle-Eastern event, there were some adjustment in GTE-Pro Balance of Performance and the Aston Martin Vantage was back to its 2015 original configuration.

The British squad had a strong GTE-Pro qualifying session with a front row for Christoffer Nygaard, Marco Sørensen and Nicki Thiim (#95 Aston Martin).

The Vantage GTEs were competitive on race day. Darren Turner and Jonathan Adam (#97 Aston Martin) took a third place in class behind the winning Porsche and second placed Ferrari. A first podium for AMR since round two at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Danish car of Christoffer Nygaard, Marco Sørensen and Nicki Thiim (#95 Aston Martin) was fourth. Unlucky event for Alex MacDowall, Fernando Rees and Richie Stanaway (#99 Aston Martin), they served a three-minute Stop & Go penalty and ended the race in seventh place in class.


At the end of the 2015 FIA WEC season, Aston Martin was third in the GTE manufacturers' standing with a total of 192 points.

The best ranked entry in the teams' standing with the Aston Martin Racing V8 (#99 Aston Martin) in fourth place scoring 100 points.

In the drivers' table, Alex MacDowall and Fernando Rees (#99 Aston Martin) was the best ranked AMR ones in seventh place overall with 84 points each.

Aston Martin Racing will enter the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship with a brand new spec Aston Martin Vantage GTE. The number of cars and the driver lineups will be announced later.

Photos: Aston Martin