ASTON MARTIN’S DOUBLE ASIAN ASSAULT
Aston Martin Racing will take on two of the world’s highest profile GT races this weekend as it enters the final round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Bahrain and begins a three car assault on the FIA GT World Cup in Macau.
The WEC works team will head to the Six Hours of Bahrain with its five Vantage GTEs and, with adjustments to the Balance of Performance taking the GTE class back to its pre-Le Mans status, Team Principal John Gaw is looking forward to some competitive racing.
“If you look back at the last four years in the WEC, the GTE classes have consistently provided some of the most exciting and closely-matched racing I have ever witnessed,” said Gaw. “Our entire team is looking forward to going to Bahrain and taking the battle to Porsche, Ferrari and Corvette, with the ultimate goal of ending the season on a high.”
Over in Macau, three Vantage GT3s will contest the GT World Cup, an hour-long race on the famous Macau Street Circuit with past race-winner Darryl O’Young (HK), Aston Martin Racing works driver Stefan Mücke (DE) and Craft-Bamboo Racing’s Richard Lyons (GB).
The Aston Martin Racing works-supported entries will be run by the manufacturer’s Asian partner team Craft-Bamboo Racing, which recently won the 2015 GT Asia Series with O’Young and 2015 Aston Martin Racing Evolution Academy drivers Dan Lloyd (GB) and Jon Venter (AU).
“Craft-Bamboo Racing is the ideal outfit to represent our works team in the GT World Cup, while we are also contesting the final round of the World Endurance Championship,” Gaw added. “It’s a tough race that is both fast and narrow and that requires a lot of track-knowledge and experience. I’m confident that our team and line-up is up there with the best.
“Our Vantage GT3 has had its best year of results to-date and it would be fantastic to top this off with a podium, or even a win, in Macau.”
In 2015, the Vantage GT3 won both the British GT Championship and the GT Asia Series and finished the Tudor United Sports Car Championship in second place. It also took podium finishes in Dubai 24 Hours, Bathurst 12 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours, three of the toughest endurance races in the world.
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