Bruno Senna Joins Aston Martin Racing for Spa


Bruno Senna will join Aston Martin Racing for the WEC Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps this weekend, joining Darren Turner and Stefan Mücke in the #97 Aston Martin Vantage.

Senna, who is also due to drive for the team at Le Mans, will join the duo after they finished third in LMGTE-Pro at the Six Hours of Silverstone, the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, behind both factory Porsche’s.

“I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the Vantage GTE,” said Senna. “Spa-Francorchamps is a fantastic track and will be good preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”

Meanwhile elsewhere in the AMR camp, the second GTE Pro entry, the #99 Craft-Bamboo of Darryl O’Young, Fernando Rees and Alex MacDowall, remains unchanged from Silverstone, with MacDowall itching to get at the Spa track.

“I’m itching to get in the car at Spa,” the Brit said. “Silverstone was challenging with the good old British weather but I was pleased with my performance. I’m looking forward to working with the team to develop further.”

In LMGTE Am, the #95 Young Driver AMR car will be piloted by Danes Kristian Poulsen and David Heinemeier Hansson, who for this event will be joined by Kiwi Richie Stanaway. AMR’s second entry in GTE Am, the #98 NorthWest-sponsored car, will be driven as normal by Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Christoffer Nygaard.

Commenting on the team’s result at Silverstone, and what he expects at Spa, Aston Martin Team Principle John Gaw said: “Silverstone went better than expected because of the changeable weather conditions but Spa will be challenging.

“We have some of the top GT drivers in the world in our team but we have work to do to match the straight-line speed of our competitors. There is also further work to do to get the balance back in the car following the ride-height change required by the organisers this year. Spa-Francorchamps is a fast flowing circuit so more changeable conditions would suit us well.

“However, despite the challenges, we go there, as always, with the aim of winning and we welcome Bruno and Richie back into the WEC mix. We very much see Spa as preparation for Le Mans so we must work hard to catch up with the developments made by our competition during the winter.”