While most look to the season ahead, Aston Martin decided to do four better. On Tuesday, Aston Martin Racing (AMR) announced its commitment to the FIA’s World Endurance Championship (WEC) through 2021.
The team will look to carry over the success from 2016 where the team took home the GTE-Pro drivers title ahead of AF Corse and Ford at the hands of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen. It was announced last month the two title winners will return in the No. 95 Aston Martin Vantage, joined by Jonny Adam and Darren Turner in the No. 97 for the 2017 season. AMR will face an increased GTE-Pro field in 2017 with a pair Porsche’s new 911 RSR’s making their WEC debut.
AMR will also be running their No. 98 GTE-Am in 2017. The car took home five class wins in 2016 at the hands of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, and Mathias Lauda. The trio will look to add to their trophy cases in 2017 as the lineup for the No. 98 remains unchanged for the upcoming season.
The team made announcement at the Geneva International Motor Show where the newly named Aston Martin Valkyrie has been turning heads, stirring up a lot of conversations surrounding the British manufacturer. Also of note for the marque, Formula 1’s Red Bull Racing is running the Aston Martin badge on their cars flanks of late. With Red Bull’s Adrian Newey providing the design for the Valkyrie, one has to wonder if there is more to come from Aston Martin with regards to high-level motorsport competition.
Since the WEC’s inception in 2012, AMR has notched 31 class wins with eight coming last season.