Aston Martin Racing somehow is doing a fine job in the current season of the FIA World Endurance Championship given the new LMGTE regulations and of course the new or updated machinery, but the team didn’t demonstrated real potential to fight for class wins in LMGTE-Pro, given AF Corse’s dominance and Ford Chip Ganassi’s impressive display at Le Mans. The break until the 6 Hours of Nürburgring may have given time enough for AMR to make crucial decisions, and one of them was reducing driver lineups in their two cars.
Both the No. 95 and 97 Vantage V8 GTE will feature only two drivers instead of three from now on, with the reason behind the lineup reduction being more driving time for those in the team and more consistency in terms of pace, and then the needed improvement to fight for class honors. The Dane Train now only speaks Danish, as Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen share the car, while the No. 97 will be an English-speaking one, seeing the return of Darren Turner to the number he drove since the start of FIA WEC, to drive alongside New Zealand young ace Richie Stanaway.
With this decision, both Jonathan Adam and Fernando Rees are left without a WEC drive at the moment as the GTE-Am AMR entry remains unchanged, but they will stay with the team, as team principal Paul Howarth stated to Sportscar365 that both drivers will still play their part in AMR’s activities, and given the fact that Adam competes in various fronts driving GT3 machinery, this may be the route for Rees to keep competing this year, with customer activities taking place in competitions like Blancpain GT Series, British GT, GT Open and other championships.
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