Aston Martin Racing has shaken up its GTE-Pro driver lineups for the upcoming Six Hours of Nürburgring, and for the rest of the FIA World Endurance Championship season.
The two GTE-Pro cars will run with two drivers each, and the No. 97 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE will have Darren Turner join Richie Stanaway behind the wheel.
This leaves Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen staying on in the No. 95 ‘Danetrain’.
A two-driver lineup, rather than three, gives each driver more time in the car and a more stable overall performance, and most GTE-Pro teams have now elected this strategy after Le Mans.
“With the second half of the season due to begin, we have had to consider what is best for the team,” commented team principal Paul Howarth.
“With a focused driver lineup, this should help give us the best possible chance of success this year.
“I hope that Nicki, Marco, Darren and Richie will continue to push hard and keep us at the top of the GT manufacturers’ table.”
Jonny Adam and Fernando Rees, who both raced alongside Stanaway in the No. 97 car so far this season, are not slated to compete in any more WEC rounds this year, but do stay with the team.
“I’d like to thank Fernando and Jonny for their efforts this year, particularly on their sterling job at Le Mans,” continued Howarth.
“They have each put in fantastic performances and we look forward to continuing to work with them in our wider Aston Martin Racing activities.”
The sole GTE-Am Aston Martin will continue with three-drivers: Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy.