WEC: Westbrook replaces Farfus at AMR for 8H Bahrain finale

Richard Westbrook will race for the #98 Aston Martin Racing squad in the GTE-Am category at the FIA World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain.

The Brit had a run with AMR at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and other endurance outings including a recent Nurburgring 24 Hours class win for Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus.

The former Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours winner, and Ford endurance regular, was ‘delighted’ to be returning for the FIA WEC Season 8 conclusion on November 14th.

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“The GTE Am class is phenomenally competitive nowadays and for me this is a great opportunity to fight for a victory as the season draws to a close”, he said.

“Racing for a brand like Aston Martin is a great honour and the experience of standing on the podium at Le Mans, wearing British racing green overalls, on such a special day for the brand is something I won’t ever forget.”

After the #90 TF Sport’s victory at Le Mans, they lead the GTE-Am standings on 140 points while the #98 sit in fourth only two points behind the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing squad.

He will be replacing Augusto Farfus’ duties in the car after him and Darren Turner faced other commitments that prevented them from taking the slot.

“This will only be my second race in the Vantage, but after Le Mans it feels like I’ve had more than enough mileage to feel at home in the car”, he continued.

“I’ve always enjoyed racing at Bahrain, it’s one of my favourites, and it’s actually where I won my first race in a GT car in 2005”, concluded Westbrook.

AMR President David King said: “We’re really pleased to welcome Richard back for the season finale.

“His performance at Le Mans was outstanding alongside Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen in the #95 GTE-Pro Vantage, and he fitted seamlessly into the team as you would expect from a seasoned professional.”

King was confident that the #98 squad can achieve the victory they have been close to throughout Season 8 as the Vantage edges closer to the end of its debut season.