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Aston Martin shakes up GTE Am driver secure


A contemporary driver pairing will be part of Paul Dalla Lana in Aston Martin Racing’s GTE Am class No. 98 Vantage AMR within the 2019/20 FIA WEC season.  The Canadian will share the automobile with works drivers Darren Turner and Ross Gunn, breaking apart the long-standing trio of himself, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy.

The mix of Lamy, Lauda and Dalla Lana was one of many longest-standing and most profitable driver crews within the historical past of the FIA WEC. They competed collectively for 5 seasons, racking up 13 class wins and the GTE Am class title again in 2017.

“We have now modified the GTE Am line-up after an extended interval of stability and we count on this to provide outcomes,” mentioned AMR managing director John Gaw.

“It is a nice alternative for Ross to show his capability at world stage, whereas I feel we’re all absolutely conscious of what Darren is able to, and this provides him an opportunity to struggle for a world championship and seize a fourth Le Mans victory.”

           <h2 class="related__header">Extra Le Mans/WEC!</h2><a category="block block--related" href="https://racer.com/2019/08/13/molina-replaces-bird-in-gte-pro-af-corse-ferrari/?utm_source=smg&utm_medium=wasabi&utm_content=recirc-auto-related" data-track="-in-article-related-auto"><h2 class="block__title">Molina replaces Chicken in GTE Professional AF Corse Ferrari</h2><h2 class="block__title">Hanley, Dyson, Smith amongst Crew LNT's Silverstone WEC line-up</h2><h2 class="block__title">The Week In Sports activities Automotive, August 9, with Stephen Kilbey</h2></apart> <p class="gmail-p1"><span class="gmail-s1">Each Gunn and Turner have been among the many drivers that examined the No. 98 Vantage on the WEC Prologue at Barcelona final month as a part of the motive force choice course of. Lamy and Lauda additionally examined the brand new No. 98 Vantage AMR in Spain.</span></p> <p class="gmail-p1"><span class="gmail-s1">“It’s an incredible honor to be becoming a member of the works Aston Martin Racing group for the beginning of the FIA World Endurance Championship season,” mentioned Gunn.</span></p> <p class="gmail-p1"><span class="gmail-s1">“I’m very excited to start this new chapter of my profession on the pinnacle of GT racing and I can be pushing for a stable outcome. I used to be very snug within the automobile at Barcelona throughout the Prologue and I really feel like we are able to, together with Darren and Paul, be within the combine within the GTE Am Championship and struggle for a podium at Silverstone.”</span></p> <p class="gmail-p1"><span class="gmail-s1">Whereas Gunn will make his WEC full-season debut as a part of this program, this marks a return to full-time WEC competitors for long-time Aston Martin Racing driver Turner, who contested a part-time program with AMR in GTE Professional throughout the Tremendous Season.</span></p> <p class="gmail-p1"><span class="gmail-s1">“I’m actually wanting ahead to becoming a member of Paul and Ross within the No. eight automobile and difficult for the 2019/20 GTE Am championship,” mentioned Turner.</span></p> <p class="gmail-p1"><span class="gmail-s1">“It’s going to be very onerous work, and I feel it's going to be essentially the most aggressive season within the class, with some very fast vehicles and a few very sturdy line-ups. Paul is a particularly proficient driver with quite a lot of expertise within the WEC, and as a package deal we're very sturdy.”</span></p> <p class="gmail-p1"><span class="gmail-s1">Paul Dalla Lana is happy about taking up the 2019/20 season with the brand new Vantage (in what can be its first yr as an eligible automobile in AM) and his new teammates.</span></p> <p class="gmail-p1"><span class="gmail-s1">“I’ve been wanting throughout the storage with envy for the previous 18 months on the new Aston Martin Vantage GTE, and now I lastly get to race it myself within the GTE Am class,” he mentioned.<br /> </span></p> <p class="gmail-p1"><span class="gmail-s1">“We're coming into the brand new season with a contemporary look and a brand new driver line-up, decided not solely to regain the championship title we received in 2017 with the No. 98, but additionally to attempt to lastly take that class win within the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</span></p> <p class="gmail-p1"><span class="gmail-s1">“I want to pay tribute to my outdated team-mates Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda, who've been sensible by way of the years. They've helped us win a lot as a group, and the 2017 title is the spotlight of my profession. However trying to the long run, Darren is essentially the most adorned GT driver within the group and has the tempo and expertise to information us ahead, whereas Ross is super-fast and really proficient. </span><span class="gmail-s1">I’m very enthusiastic about our new line-up and what we are able to obtain collectively.”</span></p> <p class="gmail-p1"><span class="gmail-s1">AMR’s full-season GTE Professional driver crews are unchanged for the upcoming season. Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim will pilot the No. 95 whereas Alex Lynn and Maxime Martin will share the No. 97.</span></p>
SPORT NEWS – Aston Martin shakes up GTE Am driver secure
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