23-year-old Jake Dennis becomes the second driver announced today as part of R-Motorsport’s Aston Martin Vantage DTM campaign.
The British driver has been a regular member of the team’s GT3 squad since last year. In the three-hour race at Silverstone, Jake and team-mates Matthieu Vaxivière and Nicki Thiim secured the first pole position and win for the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 race car in what was only the team’s second race.
“Joining the DTM is a major step up in my career,” said Jake. “It’s an enormous challenge which I readily accept because I know that I must go up against tough opposition in order to prove myself and make progress as a driver at a high level. The DTM is the ideal environment for that, and I can’t wait to get the season started.”
Dennis took up motor racing in 2011, contesting the British InterSteps championship for juniors which he won at his first attempt. He secured the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC title (Northern European Championship) the following year. He moved up from Formula Renault to compete in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, taking third place overall in 2015.
In 2016, he finished fourth in GP3 and gained his first experience of endurance racing in the FIA WEC and in the 24-Hours of Le Mans with Jota Sport. He has also raced in the ADAC GT Masters featuring a number of circuits on the DTM schedule.
During the 2018 season, he took part in two Formula 1 tests with Red Bull Racing in Barcelona and Budapest. Jake got his first taste of the DTM towards the end of 2018 during the Young Driver Tests at Jerez de la Frontera where he drove a DTM car for the first time.
“Jake is very talented. He has already shown that previously in his GT3 races for R-Motorsport,” said Team Principal Dr Florian Kamelger. “He achieved consistently good results last year and is now a regular member of our team. I know what he can do, so I think he will quickly make his mark in the DTM.”