Aston Martin customer team Bullitt Racing will make its Asian Le Mans Series debut in February as part of its target to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the future.
The Spanish squad joined the ACO’s endurance racing ladder this year in the Michelin Le Mans Cup and is now graduating to the Asian series which takes place across two consecutive double-header weekends at Dubai Autodrome and Yas Marina Circuit.
Its presence on the Asian LMS grid was confirmed in the championship’s 48-car entry list reveal earlier this month.
Bullitt has since announced its driver lineup which features Aston Martin factory driver Valentin Hasse-Clot, as well as 18-year-old Silver-rated competitor Jacob Riegel and Martin Berry who is the designated Bronze.
Hasse-Clot will drive for TF Sport in the European Le Mans Series GTE class this year, while Riegel comes from the DTM Trophy where he claimed two poles in 2022.
Berry, meanwhile, is a Singapore-based Australian businessman who is the owner of Ferrari 296 GT3 customer Grid Motorsport in addition to his outings as a driver.
Bullitt contested this year’s Le Mans Cup with team principal Steffan Pattrick joined by Theo Nouet for the first two rounds and Hasse-Clot for the rest of the campaign.
“We’re expecting some fantastic racing and to carry over our Michelin Le Mans Cup learnings,” Pattrick said.
“It’s fantastic to have Valentin back in our car. He’s always tremendously fast, experienced and is of course an Aston Martin Racing factory driver.
“With us last year, he secured podiums at the Road to Le Mans and Monza and was crucial to our success.
“Our overall objective remains to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and this platform proves us with an opportunity to get there.
“So, we’re naturally very excited to be racing in the series and we’re also looking forward to our other race programs in 2023.”
In addition to Bullitt’s entry, there are four other Aston Martin Vantage GT3s signed up for the Asian LMS season.
TF Sport is running three cars, including one under the D’station Racing banner, while Malaysian squad Viper Niza Racing is making its series return in the GT3 ranks.