Aston Martin will downscale its World Endurance Championship campaign from five to four cars for the remainder of the season as it begins its preparations for January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona..
Aston Martin Racing plans to run a minimum of one Vantage GTE in the inaugural event of the new United SportsCar Championship. It will leave one of the cars that raced in the WEC round at Circuit of The Americas last weekend to test ahead of a potential two-car assault on Daytona.
“The No. 98 car will become the No. 99, which we are leaving in the U.S. for the [USCC] tests at Sebring and Daytona in November,” AMR team principal John Gaw explained. “We’d like to run two cars at Daytona, but we will definitely be there with one. The U.S. is the second-biggest market for Aston and it is a great event.”
The reduction of Aston’s assault on the GTE Pro class from three to two cars will result in a reshuffle of its driver line-up for the final three rounds of the WEC, starting at Fuji in October.
“All permutations are possible,” Gaw continued. “We will do whatever is best for us in the championship.”
He explained that that included potentially splitting Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke, AMR’s two realistic challengers for the World Endurance GT Cup for Drivers.
Frederic Makowiecki, who won GTE Pro at Austin with Bruno Senna, has revealed that his commitments with the Dome Honda team in Super GT could preclude his participation in the Shanghai and Sakhir events in November. AMR will also return to the Dubai 24 Hours in early January in conjunction with Craft Racing. It plans a joint assault with the Chinese-based team encompassing one Vantage V12 GT3 for an all-pro driver lineup and one with a pro-am lineup.