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Martin, Keilwitz to Drive PROSport Vantage in GT Masters

Aston Martin partner team PROSport confirms Martin and Keilwitz for 2019 ADAC GT Masters…

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Maxime Martin and Daniel Keilwitz will drive a PROSport Performance-entered Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in next year’s ADAC GT Masters series.

PROSport announced its intentions to enter the German national series earlier this month as a partner of Aston Martin, which is introducing its new-generation Vantage to global competition in 2019.

Aston Martin factory driver Martin, who currently represents the British marque in the FIA World Endurance Championship, is set to make his first GT Masters appearance since 2012 when he drove a BMW Alpina B6 GT3.

Keilwitz, meanwhile, joins PROSport Performance after spending the last nine years with the Callaway Competition Corvette program.

The 2013 GT Masters champion led parts of this year’s championship with c0-driver Marvin Kirchhoefer but the pair ultimately finished third in the standings.

“Placing our works driver Maxime Martin in the team alongside Daniel Keilwitz is a strong signal that we take this programme very seriously indeed,” said Aston Martin Racing president David King.

“Germany is an important market for Aston Martin and through the new Vantage GT3 we intend to clearly demonstrate the core sporting, endurance and performance principals that underpin our reputation as a manufacturer with a championship-winning pedigree.”

PROSport Performance is stepping to GT3 next season after winning this year’s 24H Series Champion of the Continents title with a Mercedes-AMG GT3.

As part of its new partnership with Aston Martin, the Christoph Esser-led operation will run two new Vantage GT3s in GT Masters along with an extensive GT4 program.

“Maxime Martin and Daniel Keilwitz are a very strong driver pairing with a lot of experience both in GT3 race cars and in the ADAC GT Masters, which will certainly help us enormously in the first season of this highly competitive racing series,” said Esser.

“We are very much looking forward to Maxime and Daniel as well as to an exciting season with Aston Martin.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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