Aston Martin Racing returns to the track this week at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas, as the team looks to repeat its recent victory at the 6 Hours of Mexico.aston martin mexico
Following the series’ last round in Mexico City, Aston Martin Racing now leads three of the FIA World Endurance Championship’s GT titles on offer. With only four events left of the season, Aston Martin Racing will look to extend that lead and consolidate its bid to become world champions in Bahrain in November.
In GTE Pro, the pairing of Marco Sørensen(DN) and Nicki Thiim (DN) hold a slender championship lead with their #95 V8 Vantage GTE. After both setting the top two fastest laps in Mexico and claiming third place on the podium last time out, the pair remain hungrier than ever to take their first win of the year.
We’ve gone away from Mexico happy with third but disappointed that we couldn’t take that first place. We’ve taken the time to refocus during the past week and we’re ready to hit this weekend at full speed. The American fans are always really good fun and I hope we can put on a really great show for them.
Current GT Drivers’ championship leader Darren Turner (GB), who will be partnered by Fernando Rees (BR) this weekend in the #97 Valero liveried V8 Vantage GTE, said ahead of the race weekend.
After the win in Mexico City it would be good to think that we can keep the momentum going this weekend. COTA is an event that I enjoy so let’s hope we can have a successful race in the #97 car. It’s always easier to defend championship positions from the top of the table so we’ll be doing everything we can to stay at the top.
Both cars will be aiming for podium places, in a bid to stretch the team’s lead in the GT Manufacturers’ title also.
The #98 V8 Vantage GTE of Paul Dalla Lana (C), Pedro Lamy (P) and Mathias Lauda (A) will also be competing in the FIA WEC’s GTE Am class this weekend.
Paul Howarth, Team Principal Aston Martin Racing:
Mexico was a great race for us. We were able to capitilise on the strength of our V8 Vantage GTE and convert that into a strong points haul. We expect our competition to come back stronger here in Austin, particularly after the change to the Balance of Performance this week, but the team is well prepared and we’re solely focused on victory here in both the Pro and Am classes.
The 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas begins at 17:00 local time on Saturday 17 September.
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