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Young Driver AMR Steps Up to GTE-Pro with Revised Lineup

Young Driver AMR confirms move to GTE-Pro with Aston Martin…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

After taking class victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and winning the GTE-Am World Championship last year, Young Driver AMR will step up to the GTE-Pro class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2015 with a revised all-Danish lineup for its Aston Martin Vantage.

The Jan Struve-led organization confirmed Wednesday its entry request for GTE-Pro, with Nicki Thiim, Christoffer Nygaard and open-wheel rising star Marco Sorensen becoming the new “Dane Train” for 2015.

Thiim, who competed in a selected rounds last year, will return in a similar role, with Nyggard moving back to the Young Driver effort after a season with Paul Dalla Lana’s Aston Martin in GTE-Am. Lotus F1 test driver and GP2 front-runner Sorensen, meanwhile, is set for his FIA WEC debut, with the lineup.

Both Kristian Poulsen and David Heinemeier Hansson, who claimed the GTE-Am title for the team last year, will not return, having landed different rides for 2015.

“After winning the GTE-Am class in 2014, we felt it’s the right time to raise the game,” Struve said. “It’s a challenge to compete against the worlds leading teams, but already in 2014 we proved that we can race them.

“I’m really happy that Marco Sorensen joins Young Driver AMR and would like to welcome Marco as well as Saxo Bank to the team. Together with Christoffer and Nicki, who both showed an outstanding performance in the previous season, we are looking to forward to the 2015 FIA WEC.”

Young Driver will continue its alliance with the British manufacturer, with the GTE-Pro entry falling under the Aston Martin Racing banner, which is expected to field no fewer than four entries this year between GTE-Pro and Am.

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

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