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Garage 59 Commits to Full IGTC Campaign

Garage 59 enters full IGTC season with Pro-Am Aston; adds Silver car for Bathurst…

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Garage 59 will field an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 at all five rounds of the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli season along with a second car at next weekend’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

Team regulars Come Ledogar, Alexander West and Chris Goodwin will share a car for the full season, running in the Pro-Am class and therefore eligible for the new Pro-Am drivers’ title.

The British team’s second Aston Martin, so far only confirmed for the Bathurst season-opener, will be driven by Andrew Watson and team newcomers Olivier Hart and Roman De Angelis in the Silver Cup.

Hart, De Angelis and Goodwin are all rookies to Mount Panorama but their teammates have experience on the demanding Australian track.

De Angelis won both the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA and Canada championships last year, while Hart’s experience largely comes from historic racing.

“As a team we enjoyed the Intercontinental GT Challenge races that we competed in last year so it was an easy decision for us to commit to the full season in 2020,” said team principal Andrew Kirkaldy.

“We think our driver line-ups are strong and we have a season of experience with the Vantage under our belts now so we are more than ready for the challenge that lies ahead of us.”

Garage 59’s full-season commitment to IGTC would fit in with a possible entry from Aston Martin but the manufacturer is yet to commit to the globe-trotting series, and the list of brands for 2020 is yet to be revealed.

Both Garage 59 and R-Motorsport have been linked to supporting a possible Aston Martin entry in the championship.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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