Lotus F1 test driver Sorensen joins Aston Martin WEC squad

by Paul Hensby

Marco Sorensen has joined the Young Driver Aston Martin Racing team for the 2015 season in the GTE-PRO class of the World Endurance Championship, with the team having moved up from the GTE-AM class.

The Lotus F1 Team test driver will make his endurance debut in an Aston Martin Vantage GTE alongside fellow Danish drivers Christoffer Nygaard and Nicki Thiim.

Sorensen ‘s sponsor Saxo Bank has also joined the team, and although the Dane still has ambitions to reach Formula 1, he is eager to get as much experience as possible, and believes the WEC is the ideal place for him to race alongside his yet-to-be-revealed GP2 Series commitments.

“I’m happy to start with Young Driver AMR and Aston Martin Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship and I’m very thankful to Jan Struve of Young Driver AMR and Saxo Bank, who made this possible,” said Sorensen. “My goal is still to race in Formula 1, but it will not harm my ambitions if I gain experience in other classes.

“I followed sportscar racing and especially the 24 hours of Le Mans in the past years and I’m really looking forward to my first start at Le Mans.”

Twenty-five-year-old Thiim continues with the team for a third season, and is happy to be stepping up from the AM class to the PRO class in 2015.

“I’m excited to start in the GTE Pro class this season,” said Thiim. “The competition in the Pro class is thrilling and challenging. For a driver, this will be big fun and I’m looking forward to this season.

“It’s great that Marco Sørensen will join the team. I know him very well from the days when we both went karting and I’m very confident we will form a strong team.”

Twenty-eight-year-old Nygaard is the longest serving driver in the Young Driver AMR program, and knows how hard it will be stepping up to PRO class having raced primarily in the AM class up to now.

“Moving up to the Pro class is a big challenge,” said Nygaard. “I’m happy and proud that I will be a part of the team, as it’s the dream and the goal of every GT driver to race in the GTE Pro class.

“Nicki already proved several times in the previous season, that the Young Driver AMR-Aston Martin can race at the front of the GTE class in the WEC, so I’m really looking forward to the start of the season.”

Jan Struve of Young Driver AMR believed it was the correct time for the team to move up to the PRO class in 2015, and welcomed Sorensen to the team, and believes they have a good line-up to challenge for top honours straightaway.

“After winning the GTE-Am class in 2014, we felt it’s the right time to raise the game,“ said Struve. ”It’s a challenge to compete against the worlds leading teams, but already in 2014 we proved that we can race them.

“I’m really happy that Marco Sørensen joins Young Driver AMR and would like to welcome Marco as well as Saxo Bank to the team. Together with Christoffer and Nicki, who both showed an outstanding performance in the previous season, we are looking to forward to the 2015 FIA WEC.”

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