Aston Martin Racing has revealed its lineups and programs for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship season and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The team will have three GTE-Pro class entries for the full WEC. Darren Turner and Stefan Muecke continue as expected in the No. 97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, with McLaren factory ace Rob Bell joining for the Six Hours of Spa and 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“It’s fantastic to be returning to Aston Martin Racing, especially at the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” Bell said. “I think that Darren, Stefan and I make a very strong line-up and together we have a great chance of success.”
The previously announced “Dane Train” No. 95 Young Driver AMR car will feature Marco Sorensen, Christoffer Nygaard and Nicki Thiim. The team’s third GTE-Pro entry, the No. 99 car, will have the returning Alex MacDowell and Fernando Rees, joined by Richie Stanaway.
In GTE-Am, Francesco Castellacci joins Roald Goethe and Stuart Hall in the No. 96 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, with Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda set in the No. 98 car.
Turner, Muecke, Lamy, Stanaway, Lauda and Jonny Adam will also drive two Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in the Nurburgring 24 Hours.
“Announcing our largest racing programme to date ten years to the day after Aston Martin Racing’s debut win at Sebring 12 Hours clearly shows how the team has progressed, building year-on-year on its success,” said Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.
“Our multiple wins last year underlines our ability to perform at the highest level and, as we look forward to the 2015 season, we’re anticipating another exciting and highly competitive year of exhilarating GT racing in the WEC, as well as at Le Mans and the Nürburgring.”
Aston Martin Racing’ s WEC campaign will continue to benefit from the support of long time partners Gulf whose famous livery will feature on three of the works cars.
More recent partners Hanergy and Valero will be represented with their own new liveries on the other two GTE challengers. Meanwhile for the Nürburgring, the cars will once again carry the iconic colours of Bilstein and Castrol.