ASTON MARTIN RACING LAUNCHES NEW GTE CHALLENGER AND 2016 TITLE HOPES

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19 February 2015, Gaydon: Aston Martin Racing has today unveiled its ambitious plans for the 2016 season, its latest V8 Vantage GTE challenger and an exciting new collaboration with global energy supplier TOTAL and tyre supplier Dunlop.

 

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The pre­miere GT-rac­ing out­fit, which enters its twelfth year of com­pe­ti­tion, will field a three-car cam­paign in this year’s FIA World Endurance Cham­pi­onship (WEC) and 24 Hours of Le Mans; two con­test­ing the GTE Pro class and a sin­gle entry in GTE Am. The three entries will look to extend the brand’s 23 over­all wins in FIA WEC; more than any oth­er man­u­fac­tur­er.

With a raft of new reg­u­la­tion changes includ­ing a greater free­dom on aero devel­op­ment, the team has unveiled its lat­est 2016 V8 Van­tage GTE; the car which shall sup­port the outfit’s GTE Pro entries. Boast­ing a ful­ly re-designed aero­dy­nam­ic pack­age includ­ing a dis­tinct­ly pro­nounced new rear dif­fuser, the team remains con­fi­dent that it will be able to chal­lenge at the sharp end of what will prove to be an extreme­ly com­pet­i­tive WEC field.

New for the 2016 sea­son, Aston Mar­tin Rac­ing will run exclu­sive­ly on Dun­lop rub­ber through­out the FIA WEC. Work­ing close­ly togeth­er on test­ing and devel­op­ment through­out the win­ter months, the V8 Van­tage GTE will be equipped with the lat­est Sport Maxx GT rac­ing tyres.

To extract the ulti­mate per­for­mance from a world-class GT rac­er, a high-cal­i­bre squad of dri­vers is essen­tial. Aston Mar­tin Rac­ing doesn’t dis­ap­point for the new sea­son and while retain­ing famil­iar faces, the team is proud to announce a rebal­anced line-up in its GTE Pro entries, with all dri­vers held on long-term con­tracts.

The #95 GTE Pro entry will see the Dan­ish pair of Nic­ki Thi­im (DN) and Mar­co Sørensen join Aston Mar­tin Rac­ing stal­wart Dar­ren Turn­er (GB) for the 2016 sea­son. The sec­ond Pro entry of #97 will be occu­pied by the equal­ly excit­ing trio of Richie Stan­away (NZ), Jon­ny Adam (GB) and Fer­nan­do Rees (BR).

In GTE Am, the #98 will return with an unchanged line-up, as Paul Dal­la Lana (CA) hunts cham­pi­onship suc­cess along­side Pedro Lamy ℗ and Math­ias Lau­da (A).

While the action promis­es to be exhil­a­rat­ing on the track, Aston Mar­tin Rac­ing is also pleased to announce an excit­ing new col­lab­o­ra­tion with French ener­gy spe­cial­ist TOTAL. Join­ing the team for the 2016 sea­son,TOTAL will pro­vide tech­ni­cal sup­port both at the fac­to­ry and each round of the WEC sea­son. Boast­ing over 60 years of knowl­edge and research in auto­mo­tive flu­ids, TOTAL’s brand­ing will also fea­ture as part of the V8 Van­tage GTE’s dis­tinct new ‘Stir­ling Green’ liv­ery; a shade shared with the brand’s most select sports cars.

Mean­while, in its fourth year of com­pe­ti­tion at the infa­mous Green Hell, Aston Mar­tin will again field two V12 Van­tage GT3s in the Nür­bur­gring 24hrs’ top-tier SP9 class, demon­strat­ing the firm’s com­mit­ment to top-lev­el inter­na­tion­al GT rac­ing. The new 2016 V12 Van­tage GT3, now also equipped with Dun­lop rub­ber, will be cloaked by new spon­sor IQ Option; a lead­ing glob­al bina­ry option bro­ker. The brand will pro­vide full-liv­ery back­ing to this year’s #007 N24 chal­lenger, while also hold­ing a promi­nent space on all FIA WEC entries.

All cars to be cam­paigned in the WEC, 24hrs of Le Mans and at the Nür­bur­gring are derived from Aston Martin’s road-going Van­tage range. Today’s Van­tage line-up – com­pris­ing four dis­tinct mod­els using one of two advanced engines; V8 Van­tage, V8 Van­tage S, V12 Van­tage S and the exclu­sive Van­tage GT12 – rep­re­sents a clear and strong link between road car and race car.

Aston Mar­tin Rac­ing is also pleased to announce that men’s design­er cloth­ing brand Hack­ett, will con­tin­ue its rela­tion­ship with the team in 2016; sup­ply­ing all team and repli­ca wear.

David King, Head of Glob­al Motor­sports, Aston Mar­tin com­ment­ed, “It’s fan­tas­tic to launch our 2016 race pro­gramme here at Aston Martin’s Gay­don head­quar­ters. It’s an impor­tant point in time for the brand with the upcom­ing launch of DB11 and the 2016 motor­sport sea­son is an equal­ly excit­ing prospect. Motor­sport is a key part of Aston Martin’s DNA and it’s vital that we’re rep­re­sent­ed by such a strong line-up. We’re very much look­ing for­ward to our home race at Sil­ver­stone and the first oppor­tu­ni­ty to see the 2016 V8 Van­tage GTE in com­pet­i­tive action”.

John Gaw, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Aston Mar­tin Rac­ing said, “We’re pleased to wel­come our new spon­sors and tech­ni­cal col­lab­o­ra­tors to the Aston Mar­tin fold. With an extreme­ly com­pet­i­tive World Endurance Cham­pi­onship ahead of us, I’m con­fi­dent we have our strongest dri­ver line-up to date and we can expect plen­ty of suc­cess through­out the sea­son”.

Aston Mar­tin Racing’s 2016 sea­son kicks off with The Pro­logue, the offi­cial WEC test ses­sion at Cir­cuit Paul Ricard in France on 25 and 26 March. The open­ing round of the cham­pi­onship, the Six Hours of Sil­ver­stone, takes place on 17 April and Nür­bur­gring 24 Hours begins on 28 May.

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