Aston Martin Boosts Le Mans Chances with Two New British Racers
Aston Martin has confirmed its 24 Hours of Le Mans lineup, which now includes British endurance stalwarts Harry Tincknell and Richard Westbrook. The two new drivers will be part of the team that competes in Le Mans’ WEC Super Finale on June 13 to 14.
The seasoned Westbrook, who hails from the Somerset city of Bath, will compete in the LMGTE Pro class with Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen. The three drivers will be manning the #95 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE. Westbrook is a class winner of the Daytona 24 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours and has twice stood on the podium at Le Mans.
“I think for anyone, racing for Aston Martin is something you can be extremely proud of but being British makes it that little bit more special,” said Westbrook. “Aston Martin Racing is leading the world championship, and they are an elite team, with the best quality engineers and mechanics all the way through. And the car is really singing on top note right now, so it’s a good time to be joining.
“I’m excited to be working with Nicki (Thiim) again, we raced together in the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2014, and I found that we were quite similar in the way we worked and what we wanted from the car. I’ve never driven alongside Marco, but I have raced against him and I’ve only ever heard and seen good things. I know I am going to fit right in, and that is really important at a race like Le Mans,” Westbrook added.
We are delighted to announce that @RWestbrook1 and @HarryTincknell will complete our GTE Pro squads for the 2020 @24hoursoflemans. Richard joins @NickiThiim and @Marco_sorensen in #95 and Harry will race with @alexlynnracing and @Maxrtin1992 in #97https://t.co/3YhhaXkDnB pic.twitter.com/Eg7N473xhI
— Aston Martin Racing (@AMR_Official) January 8, 2020
Meanwhile, Tincknell from Devonshire will be accompanying Alex Lynn and Maxime Martin in the #97 Vantage. A former European Le Mans Series (ELMS) champion, Aston Martin’s second newest Englishman was a Le Mans LMP2 class winner when he debuted back in 2014. He has already tucked multiple wins in the GTE Pro class under his belt, including the 2016 ELMS trophy.
"I’m really looking forward to it," said Tincknell. "Joining Alex and Max is going to be great. I’ve raced against Alex since our karting days and we’re pretty good friends. I’ve known Max as well for a long time, so the dynamic will be good. Growing up, Aston Martin was one of the cars you would always dream about. Now I’m racing for this brand that I have been watching since I was a kid. There is a massive heritage and to be a small part of that, I have to pinch myself a little bit that it’s coming true.”
The two teams will be joined by a third group consisting of drivers Paul Dalla Lana, Darren Turner, and Ross Gunn. The only intact group will be driving the #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE Am entry.