Aston Martin Racing is hoping to extend their high by taking another victory as the World Endurance Championship speeds to the biggest car market in the world, China.
What better country to show off the expertise and quality of the Aston Martin than with a second consecutive win to go with the victory for the #99 of Fernando Rees, Darryl O’Young and Alex MacDowall in GTE-Pro last time out at Fuji.
“We’re looking forward to racing in China next weekend,” commented Hong Kong racing driver Darryl O’Young. “This is my home race and one of the home races for our team Craft-Bamboo Racing and sponsor Interush so it’s one of the most exciting WEC events in the calendar. We had a great race in Fuji a fortnight ago so we’re heading to Shanghai with confidence but also understand the challenge we face of getting to the top step of the podium.”
That challenge could come from the other side of the garage in terms of the Pro class as Darren Turner, sharing the #97 with Stefan Mucke, has the lap record around Shanghai in his Aston Martin V8 Vantage and will be gunning to maintain that record.
With the Pro side covered it is time to look at the GTE-Am category and the #95 of David Heinemeier Hansson, Kristian Poulsen and Richie Stanaway who sit atop the category.
It is clear they will be pushed all the way by a very in form #98 of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Christoffer Nygaard who were on the podium at Austin and finished second in Fuji. The next step for Aston Martin’s Am trio is surely a race victory.
All of this good form is good news for Team Manager John Gaw who will be hoping the squad can do well going into the final three races of the season: “To be taking pole positions, podiums and race wins in all four of ours Vantage GTEs shows that our cars are consistent and competitive. We look forward to Shanghai as we have good memories here we just need to focus on coming away with as many points as possible this weekend.”