Aston Martin Racing changes WEC driver lineup


Aston Martin Racing will run a two man driver lineup in each of its GTE-Pro cars for the remainder of the FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Darren Turner and Richie Stanaway will drive the #97 Vantage, with Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen sharing the sister #95 car.

“We have decided to change our lineup for the races after Le Mans,” said AMR team principal Paul Howarth. “Our main focus is now on the manufacturers’ cup, which we now lead.”

“Darren, Richie, Nicki and Marco have all performed brilliantly so far this season, and I hope they can continue the good work as we look to maintain our lead in the standings.”

Fernando Rees and Jonny Adam were part of the #97 car’s lineup for the opening three races but will not compete in the WEC flyaways.

Adam will continue to defend his British GT title with Aston Martin customer outfit TF Sport and co-driver Derek Johnston. The pair currently lead the standings.

Rees, on the other hand, does not have a separate drive for 2016 but is expected to assist with one of the AMR customer teams. Both drivers remain contracted to Aston Martin Racing.

“Having two drivers in each car gives each person more track time,” added Howarth. “It streamlines the whole operation, because the team can focus more on each driver.”

“I’d like to thank Fernando and Jonny for their efforts this year, particularly on their sterling job at Le Mans. They have each put in fantastic performances and we look forward to continuing to work with them in our wider Aston Martin Racing activities”.

The GTE-Am class driver lineup of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda will not be altered.