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R-Motorsport Could Run Aston Martin Hypercar in 2020-21

R-Motorsport not ruling out running Aston Martin Valkyrie Hypercar in 2020-21…

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R-Motorsport team principal Dr. Florian Kamelger says he could see the team being on the FIA World Endurance Championship grid in the 2020-21 season with an Aston Martin Valkyrie Hypercar if “everything plays into our favor”.

The Swiss operation is involved in Aston Martin’s Hypercar program but details on the exact role it will play have been unclear.

Sportscar365 understands that Aston Martin had laid out an initial plan of four Valkyries for the launch season of the Hypercar class, featuring two Multimatic-run factory entries and a pair of cars from R-Motorsport.

However, it now appears only two cars will likely take the grid in 2020-21.

Kamelger said it could certainly be possible for R-Motorsport to compete next season depending on the relevant pieces falling into place.

“If everything plays into our favor and plays into the favor of the Hypercar project, then I can see that and I expect that to happen, yes,” he said, when asked by Sportscar365 if the team could be on the grid in 2020-21.

“There are obviously many pieces that have to play together. I have always said I want to see R-Motorsport on a grid of a Le Mans race and obviously competing in WEC is a way to compete at Le Mans.

“As we are partners in the Hypercar project with Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, we have a door which might help us to facilitate that. If we are asked to do so, we are ready.

“There has to be the car ready, there have to be conditions ready from all the stakeholders involved, whether it’s ACO or Aston Martin or R-Motorsport.”

Kamelger wouldn’t comment on whether R-Motorsport is providing any financial backing for the Hypercar program.

He says an announcement with further details about the project will happen “soon”.

The British manufacturer has been silent on any potential progress of the overall program since its announcement at Le Mans in June, when it stated that additional information would follow in the coming months.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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