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Dalla Lana Confirms WEC Return, AMR GTD Effort for Daytona, Sebring

Paul Dalla Lana confirms WEC return, Daytona, Sebring in Aston Martin…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Paul Dalla Lana will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship with Aston Martin Racing, while also taking on the opening two rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 car.

Dalla Lana confirmed to Sportscar365 that he’ll be back for the full nine-round WEC season alongside Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda, a driver combination that claimed three GTE-Am class wins and four poles in the No. 98 Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE car this year.

Additionally, the trio, along with AMR factory driver Richie Stanaway, will take part in both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Twelve Hours of Sebring in an AMR-entered Aston Martin GTD car.

The single-car factory entry for the opening two Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races appears to have confirmed IMSA and Aston Martin’s arrangement for the British manufacturer to be represented in GTD, after much debate.

Additional V12 Vantage GT3 entries are expected from TRG-AMR, although the Kevin Buckler-led squad has yet to confirm drivers.

2016 will mark Dalla Lana’s third consecutive season in the WEC, where the Canadian driver has routinely been one of the front-runners in the GTE-Am class.

AMR is expected to have a slightly reduced presence next year, with Roald Goethe not returning to the team’s second GTE-Am entry, with the possibility of a two-car effort in GTE-Pro instead of this year’s three.

Team principal John Gaw, meanwhile, has ruled out an AMR-run GT Le Mans effort for Daytona with its upgraded 2016-spec Vantage V8, which is expected to instead debut in the WEC season-opener at Silverstone in April.

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

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. ML

    December 4, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Does this mean Aston has ponied up the manufacturer fee?

    • Nick1

      December 4, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Yes. Only ones missing are Mercedes, Bentley, Nissan, McLaren, and GM

      • 7D3

        December 4, 2015 at 1:41 pm

        I think we could see these Manufactures in GTD, its only a matter of time.

        Flying Lizard: McLaren 650S GT3 (2 Cars)
        DragonSpeed: Mercedes SLS AMG (2 Cars)
        Nissan GT Academy Team RJN: Nissan GTR Nismo GT3 (2 Cars)
        AIM Autosport: Nissan GTR Nismo GT3 (1 Car)

        I think Bentley and GM won’t be in GTD because Dyson won’t enter a Bentley and GM belongs in the PWC and GM has Corvette Racing in GTLM

        • Mike

          December 4, 2015 at 2:08 pm

          Nissan and GM are already official IMSA partners, so they don’t belong on your list.

          • Milton

            December 4, 2015 at 3:45 pm

            This is correct. GM just isn’t too keen to see anyone run a CTS in GTD; even though technically speaking one would just need to get ahold of a chassis with some $$$ and willpower to do so.

  2. Edgar

    December 4, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Hope to see the TRG Astons back for the season. A full season Aston GTLM would be great too but only seems a dream at this point

    • Mike

      December 4, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      At least Chevy in GM, anyways. But Nissan would be fine to enter, if they wanted to.

  3. 7D3

    December 4, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Will it mean that the yellow and blue Aston Martin GT3 finally see outside of the Nordschleife and along with the Beechdean-AMR Aston Martin GT3 from the British GT, Aston Martin Racing will do great in the new GT Daytona.

    Sad they are not in GTLM, but good luck with the new car in the WEC.

  4. Milton

    December 4, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Not a surprise they will forego GTLM, just not where AMR is putting their money and they will get much better return backing a great team like TRG (as seen last year).

    Glad they will be represented. Now we just need to see Mercedes there – of all the others I think they would be the best addition

  5. susafan

    December 5, 2015 at 5:04 am

    So the last piece missing in GTD is a “GT Academy USA” Team…

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