2017 Sebring 12 Hours winner Alex Lynn has signed to be an Aston Martin Racing factory driver, and will participate in the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship ‘Super Season’ with the brand-new 2018 Vantage GTE.
Lynn joins the current roster of AMR works drivers who will race in the WEC next year, which includes Jonny Adam, Marco Sorensen, Nicki Thiim and Darren Turner.
Lynn began talking with Aston Martin Racing back at the WEC 6 Hours of CoTA in 2016, where he made his sportscar debut with Manor WEC in LMP2. Since then, he has impressed in long-distance competition, competing in LMP2 with Manor and G-Drive Racing, and in his Sebring-winning IMSA debut with Wayne Taylor Racing and Nurburgring 24 Hours attack with BMW Team Schnitzer.
Lynn told RACER that signing with Aston Martin is a dream come true.
“Technically, this has been coming for a long, long time, as since we had our first meeting at CoTA last year, we never really stopped talking,” he said.
“But this year I needed to do some key races to get the experience required to prove to them that I deserved the job – that’s why I did Sebring, that’s why I did the Nurburgring 24 Hours. So, for it to finally become a reality after that is mega, really.
“Being a factory driver in the WEC for a manufacturer like Aston Martin … there’s not a lot more that can come close to that,” he continued. “My goal was always to be a factory driver, and I’m so proud to have made it a reality.
“Aston Martin Racing is a brand I want to race for, and have wanted to for a long time because I relate to them so much as someone young and British. All of us watch James Bond and want to be like that, and it’s therefore simple – it’s the one to be with.”
Since signing with AMR earlier this year, Lynn has been out testing the new Vantage and aiding its development, notably driving with Sorensen and Thiim at Navarra for AMR’s first-ever 30-hour test.
“The WEC is at the highest level from manufacturers and teams, so the competition is going to be fierce,” he said. “That’s why testing has been so important, and for me getting seat time ahead of next season too.
“It hasn’t been daunting though, and I just hope I bring a fresh perspective, coming from a single-seater and prototype background. It’s really exciting, and I can’t wait to do my first race with them at Spa, because the second race is Le Mans. That will be really special.”
AMR is yet to reveal who will drive which car. Lynn, who will dovetail his WEC duties with racing for DS Virgin in Formula E, will make his race debut with Aston Martin at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the opening round of the 2018/19 season, on May 5th.