Sørensen and Thiim expecting to be more competitive at Le Mans

The #95 WEC ‘Dane-Train’ duo of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen complimented a more competitive shape for Le Mans after their past difficult years.

Aston Martin Racing will have three Vantage GTE entries at this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans: the #95 and #97 in GTE-Pro, and the #98 in GTE-Am.

The ‘Dane-Train’ has been running in the World Endurance Championship since 2015 (as a duo) in the #95, with ex-Ford runner Richard Westbrook joining them for Le Mans.

Sørensen said: “This year’s Le Mans is definitely going to be one of the most important (races) for both myself and Nicki’s [Thiim] career.

“Yes of course it is important to win the race, but we are also fighting for the world championship,” he says reflecting on what will be the penultimate WEC round before the end of Season 8 in Bahrain.

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“We are going to race hard and try and win it but we are also going to be thinking a lot about the championship,” as they lead the WEC GT standings on 127 points ahead of the #92 duo on 108 points.

“We have to keep our heads down and focus.

“We are all ready for the big show, the car is fast, the team is pumped, we just need to get on with it now.”

Thiim gave his thoughts: “It’s sad that there won’t be any spectators this year as they are the most important part of the race, but as soon as the helmet goes on it’s about getting the job done and I’m just happy that at least we can go out racing now.

“I hope that we can win it this year, it feels like our time to be able to fight for it,” having previously taken the win in 2014 for AMR in the GTE-Am category.

“Just to be competitive is a great feeling after the frustration in recent years,” after significant damage accumulated from a crash thus retiring nearly nine-and-a-half hours in (last year).

“We also need to keep the right mentality towards the world championship.

“There are a lot of points at stake and for us, the main objective is to stay ahead of Porsche in the points.”