Aston Martin unveils its plans for the 2016 season
ASTON Martin will always possess that essential quality of representing Britishness at its best around the
ASTON Martin will always possess that essential quality of representing Britishness at its best around the world — so it is good news that its racing arm has “ambitious plans for the 2016 season”.
The GT-racing outfit, Aston Martin Racing, now in 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 seek to extend the brand’s 23 overall wins in FIA WEC — more than any other manufacturer.
The team has unveiled its latest 2016 V8 Vantage GTE — the car to support its GTE Pro entries.
New for the 2016 season, Aston Martin Racing will run exclusively on Dunlop rubber, with the V8 Vantage GTE being equipped with the latest Sport Maxx GT racing tyres.
While retaining familiar faces, the Aston Martin Racing team is a rebalanced line-up in its GTE Pro entries, with all drivers held on long-term contracts.
Meanwhile, Aston Martin will again field two V12 Vantage GT3s in the NÃ¼rburgring 24 Hours top-tier SP9 class.
All the Aston Martin cars competing in the WEC, 24hrs of Le Mans and at the NÃ¼rburgring are derived from the road-going Vantage range.
Today’s Vantage line-up — comprising four distinct models using one of two advanced engines: the 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.
David King, Aston Martin’s head of global motorsports, said: “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.”
Aston Martin Racing’s 2016 season kicks off with The Prologue — the official WEC test session at Circuit Paul Ricard in France on March 25 and 26. The opening round of the championship — the Six Hours of Silverstone — takes place on April 17, and the NÃ¼rburgring 24 Hours begins on May 28.