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Rees Announces Retirement From Racing

Ex-Aston Martin factory driver Fernando Rees to hang up helmet…

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Former Aston Martin factory driver Fernando Rees has announced his retirement from professional motor racing.

The 33-year-old Brazilian raced in the FIA World Endurance Championship with AMR’s GTE-Pro team between 2014-16 and also spent two seasons in GTE-Am with Larbre Competition.

In an Instagram post, Rees told his followers that he has “found other things in life that now interest me more”.

He did not confirm whether he will see out the remainder of this year’s International GT Open with the Ombra Racing Lamborghini squad.

Rees and co-driver Damiano Fioravanti are currently ninth in the drivers’ standings with three rounds remaining.

“After putting much thought into this for the past months, I have decided to stop racing altogether as of now,” said Rees.

“It’s entirely my own independent decision, and I’m absolutely comfortable with it.

“I feel that I’ve taken a great weight off my shoulders, and now I’m happy and free to dedicate myself entirely to other things that answer my natural demand for challenge in life.”

Rees said that he will provide a detailed explanation of his retirement decision in an upcoming book.

The 2017 Le Mans GTE-Am pole sitter was originally set to race in the WEC this year, but lost his seat in the Larbre Competition Ligier JS P217 Gibson at short notice.

Rees was replaced in the French team’s lineup by 2017 LMP2 champion Julien Canal after a funding issue arose.

“Dream or not, at the end of the day, a job is a job,” said Rees.

“It has its ups and downs, and sometimes you just feel that you need to breathe new air.

“Being a professional race car driver was my only childhood dream, and probably among the first independent thoughts of my life.

“I’m entirely grateful for conquering and living that dream for more than 10 years.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Translator

    July 25, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Translation: After making myself look like a twat on social media no one wants to hire me any more so i’m quiting.

    • Forps

      July 25, 2018 at 5:55 pm

      as well?

    • Andy

      July 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      I wouldn’t know him from a hole in the ground, what did he do that would warrant claims of no one hiring him now?

    • MalthusUnderstimated

      July 25, 2018 at 11:14 pm

      An apt translation indeed. His efforts in this realm were superlative. He is a “morally superior” being no doubt.

      Expect to see Rees “saving the world” in the future. I’m sure his book will lay out his “vision”.

  2. mart

    July 26, 2018 at 8:16 am

    My god, that guy is a total idiot. His social media postings are beyond stupid. He thinks of himself as some kind of new Nietzsche. Bye bye & good riddance, rich kid.

  3. Brian

    August 1, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    I cant help but feel perplexed by this. While he seems quick, its clear that most of his drives came from financial backing rather than pure skill alone. To me, this sounds like the $ had dried up and he is “Choosing himself” to retire at 33. Best of luck I guess, but there’s more to what he is saying….

  4. JSV

    August 23, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    I’am astonished how everyone here is still blind…
    He was always the main critic about how money turned motor racing into a circus. He is far for being a rich boy, and, if you are born in brazil and has no sponsor, you have to prove yourself extremely competent and lucky to become a professional driver. That´s exactly his case. You morons are here calling him rich and criticizing another victim of being a good driver that had to throw away his dreams because everything arround was rotten (btw…not really interesting in social media, agreed). Looking forward for the book and maybe for him to change his mind #teamrees

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