Ross Gunn will make his European Le Mans Series debut this year with Beechdean AMR, joining reigning GTE champions Andrew Howard and Darren Turner.
The team clinched the GTE title last season with wins at Silverstone and Estoril in the No. 99 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, and returns in 2017, with 20-year-old Gunn replacing MacDowall in the lineup, who has been upgraded from Silver to Gold driver rating.
After winning the British GT GT4 championship with Beechdean AMR in 2015, Gunn moved up to GT3 alongside Howard for the first half of the British GT season last year, before returning to GT4 for the final two rounds.
This will be Gunn’s first entry in the ELMS, but he is no stranger to the series, having attended most of the season with the team last year.
“To be stepping up to the European Le Mans Series with the reigning champions is a dream come true,” said Gunn.
“Alongside my British GT commitments in 2016, I went to all of the ELMS races bar one to shadow the team and learn as much as possible.
“Driving with Andrew and Darren will be invaluable. I’m really excited about this step in my career and I will be pushing hard for results.”
Added Howard: “It’s great to be back in the ELMS championship for a second year. Working with Darren in 2016 was essential to my improvement in the GTE car.
“The car is going to be very different, but last year is a great base to learn from.”
In addition, the team will return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year, although with Turner’s Aston Martin Racing factory commitments, a lineup reshuffle is expected.