Aston Martin Racing has unveiled its plans for the 2016 season, its latest V8 Vantage GTE challenger. Now in its twelfth year of competition the team will field a three-car campaign in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Aston Martin will have two cars contesting the GTE Pro class and a single entry in GTE Am class. The three entries will look to extend the brand’s 23 overall wins in FIA WEC; more than any other manufacturer. All cars that are campaigned in the WEC and 24hrs of Le Mans are derived from Aston Martin’s road-going Vantage range.
The 2016 entrant boasts 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).
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 April 17th and the Nürburgring 24 Hours begins on the 28th of May.