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Dalla Lana Orders New-Gen Aston; Set for Daytona Debut

Paul Dalla Lana reveals plans to contest 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona with new-gen Aston Martin Vantage…

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Aston Martin’s new-generation Vantage is set to be on the grid in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, with Paul Dalla Lana having revealed plans to enter the car in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener.

The Canadian, who currently races the previous-generation Aston Martin Vantage GTE in the FIA World Endurance Championship, confirmed the first order of the new car, which will be offered in GTE and GT3 specifications.

The twin-turbocharged V8-powered Vantage made its competition debut in last month’s WEC season-opener at Spa and is running exclusively in GTE-Pro this year, prior to planned customer sales in 2019.

“For sure, I’ve [ordered] the car,” Dalla Lana told Sportscar365. “I’ll have the first one and we’ll see what happens.”

Dalla Lana said it hasn’t yet been determined whether the car will run in the GT Le Mans class for GTE-spec machinery or GT Daytona for GT3 cars at Daytona, although indicated the new-gen car will be easily interchangeable.

“It’s the same car; they’re all [being sold as GT3-spec] right now,” he said. “We’ll have it in Daytona in one configuration or another next year.”

The commitment of at least one new Vantage for Daytona builds on the manufacturer’s planned expansion of its motorsport activities in North America.

Aston Martin Racing President David King revealed last month plans to offer increased customer support, and potentially launch a full-season semi-factory GTLM effort in the WeatherTech Championship next year.

Dalla Lana, who contested the Rolex 24 this year in a Spirit of Race-entered Ferrari 488 GT3 with his season-long WEC co-drivers Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda, said Daytona has been a mainstay on his calendar to help bridge the gap of WEC races during the winter months.

“It’s a long wait for Sebring otherwise, from China,” he said. “For sure I’ll be doing Daytona and maybe Bathurst [12-hour]. We’ll see.”

It’s understood there’s already been a high level of interest in the new Vantage GT3 and GT4 cars, including from existing customers including TF Sport and Beechdean AMR.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. daedalus

    June 12, 2018 at 8:41 am

    So does this mean Aston Martin have paid the IMSA manufacture fee in order to be allowed to complete? Any how its good news that there is some privater demand already for the new Aston in the US. I’m sure they will have plenty of orders from all the Aston British GT runners in GT3 and GT4 as well.

    If its anything like the old Vantage the teams should get 10 years out of the chassis with a few Evo Kits along the way so its good value for money in the long run.

    • David Chaste

      June 12, 2018 at 9:34 am

      10 years? The car was getting rules breaks in wec because before ford came, they would only have 4 cars in gte pro if they did not allow aston.

      I doubt they will go that long this time around, if gte pro has more options in gte pro manufacturers.

      • Andy

        June 12, 2018 at 9:41 am

        Let’s be honest, they were given breaks because they built a cheap car and couldn’t be bothered to improve it and instead whined and cried until they had their own rulebook. It was ridiculous and frankly glad they rarely appeared in IMSA. The last couple times they ran Dalla Lana paid the fee so I wouldn’t be surprised to see hi pay again to run his new toy, but I’m thinking no way he’ll run in GTLM. No point in running with the factory guys in a new chassis. He should be throwing his weight behind pushing for the dumping of the sneaky Silvers and return GTD to the Pro-Am class it was supposed to be before it implodes from the INSANE costs.

        • daedalus

          June 12, 2018 at 6:53 pm

          I think it has more to do with the fact that Aston only releases a new vantage road model every 10 years unlike every 5 years for other GT manufactures. They just don’t have the funds to do R&D on a new model every 5 years preferring little upgrades instead (same goes for the race car). They have only recently become profitable for their first time in history.

  2. jason

    June 12, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Glad to see more interchangeable cars coming like the Ferrari 488. Aston Martin will have this going forward. BMW sort of had that with the M6 since it was allowed to run GTLM. Hopefully they will have an M8 GT3 in the future.

    • gimmeabreak

      June 12, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      Yeah Jason, let’s go ahead and have an M8 in GT4 as well………………duh.

      All these supercars in GT4 and those same manufacturers can’t be bothered with GTE/GTLM. Actually, BMW is doing it right. M8 for GTE/GTLM, M6 for GT3/GTD, and M4 for GT4. Porsche with the GT3 for GT3 and the Cayman GT4 for GT4. Mustang for GT4, Camaro for GT4, and ‘vette for GT3 if GM would ever really back it. No Callaway is doing that on their own, no help from GM.

      Mercedes AMG, Lambo, Audi, and other SUPERCAR manufacturers running basically the same car in GT3 and GT4, an ENTRY CLASS, and they can’t be bothered with GTLM/GTE.

  3. david russell

    June 12, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Just Great to have PDL back at Daytona with Aston.

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