R-Motorsport has announced its plans for the 2020 motorsport season, the company from Niederwil in Eastern Switzerland revealing an expanded programme.
In what will be its third year of involvement in international GT3 racing, the Swiss team will start in three of the most important GT3 racing series, the Intercontinental GT Challenge and the GT World Challenge Europe, in the Endurance and Sprint Cups. It will also be racing in the GT4 European Series for the first time.
Three Aston Martin Vantage V8 GT3s will be used in the GT World Challenge Europe. The extensive driver line-up required for this consists of the tried-and-tested staff Jake Dennis, Marvin Kirchhöfer, Daniel Juncadella, Ricky Collard and Hugo de Sadeleer as well as the new signings Tom Blomqvist, Luca Ghiotto, James Pull and Max Hofer.
For the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the first round of which has already taken place, the Bathurst 12 Hours, participation in the annual highlight, the Spa Francorchamps 24 Hours and the Kyalami 9 Hour is planned. However, the team is not set to race in the IGTC rounds at Indianapolis and Suzuka.
In the GT4 European Series, the team will race with the Aston Martin Vantage GT4.
“The R-Motorsport programme is more extensive than ever with the start of our three Aston Martin Vantage GT3s in the GT World Challenge Europe and in selected races of the Intercontinental GT Challenge,” said Florian Kamelger, R Motorsport’s team principal.
“By participating in the GT4 European Series for the first time, we are also involved in mass sports. Our GT3 driver team is made up of experienced people and young talents. The promotion of young people is particularly important to us. With its targeted support program in international GT racing, R-Motorsport creates the basis for a successful career for young, talented drivers.”
The team has also released a statement on the future of Aston Martin Lagonda’s motorsport strategy, in the wake of the British marque’s decision to pull the plug on its Valkyrie Le Mans Hypercar programme.
“Regarding our future motorsport plans,” Kamelgar explains, “despite Aston Martin Lagonda’s announcement to postpone the Hypercar Le Mans project, we never made a secret of the fact that we have always been interested in a future Le Mans mission.
“However, as a project partner of the Valkyrie programme, together with Aston Martin Lagonda and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, we were actively involved in the decision-making process and support the current process of reassessing Aston Martin’s long-term motorsport strategy.
“RL Motorsport’s successful and expanding global GT3 commitment with the Aston Martin Vantage, which is a cornerstone of the customer sports program, remains unaffected by this reassessment of AML.”