WEC: Sørensen encountered a “tough” season on the way to his second title

One half of the #95 ‘Dane Train’ duo Marco Sørensen described a “tough” season on his way to a second FIA GT World Championship in Bahrain.

The duo of Sørensen and Nicki Thiim claimed three consecutive wins during Season 8, at the 2019 6 Hours of Fuji, the (2019) 8 Hours of Bahrain, and the 2020 Lone Star Le Mans.

This winning streak ended there but they did claim an extra two podium spots at Spa and Le Mans, with a six-month gap in the calendar positioned by global COVID circumstances.

In fact, the ‘Dane-Train’ found themselves fighting hard for wins at all Season 8 rounds but the 8 Hours of Bahrain last weekend.

Sørensen and Thiim had struggled in the prior ‘Super-Season’ to finish on 65.5 points in the standings, including a retirement at the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours.

They managed finished on the podium only once in the form of a victory at the 2018 6 Hours of Shanghai.

Sørensen reflected on Season 8: “This season has been so incredibly tough, both on and off the track, and to have finally won the world championship is testament to all the people in the team that have given us such an amazing car to race.”

Their fifth (out of six) placed finish at the 8 Hours of Bahrain finale was enough to win the championship on 172 points.

He continued: “The Vantage has allowed us to fight at the front, pretty much all year, which is what you dream of as a driver because then all you have to do is race hard.

“We have proved this year that we can wins races and championships if you give us a car like this.”

Thiim added how he and Sørensen were thinking about getting the championship win over the past months, and expressed his delight to now be a two-time world champion with Aston Martin.

The year marked Aston Martin’s most successful racing season since 1959 with two world titles and a Le Mans victory, but there has been speculation over their continuation of the GTE programme for Season 9.