For the remainder of the 2016 WEC season Aston Martin Racing’s Pro class cars will feature two drivers apiece. Darren Turner will move back over to the #97 Aston Martin Vantage, and be paired with Richie Stanaway, while Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen will continue to pilot the #95.
This change comes to give Aston Martin a better chance at winning the World Endurance Cup for GT Drivers. As it stands, Sørensen, Thiim and Turner sit third in the standings on 52 points, while Jonny Adam, Richie Stanaway and Fernando Rees have 45 and are fourth.
By putting Turner with Stanaway, it means that in the remaining five rounds, if the #97 has a better run, then it still has a driver who had the better start to the season aboard. It also gives the drivers more track time at each round.
“With the second half of the season due to begin, we have had to consider what is best for the team.” Said AMR team principal Paul Howarth. “With a focused driver lineup, this should help give us the best possible chance of success this year. I hope that Nicki, Marco, Darren and Richie will continue to push hard and keep us at the top of the GT manufacturers table.
“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.”
Jonny Adam will continue his Aston Martin customer team commitments which includes driving for TF Sport with Derek Johnston in the British GT Championship; which he currently leads.
Fernando Rees meanwhile will remain under contract for the rest of the season, and while it’s unclear specifically where he will race, the team has told DSC that he will likely take part in AMR’s customer team activities.
The team’s GTE Am lineup of Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy remains unchanged.