AMR concludes WEC works programme after eight seasons

Aston Martin have ended their works programme in the GTE-Pro category of the FIA World Endurance Championship after eight seasons.

The manufacturer recently secured the Season 8 GTE title for manufacturers and the WEC GT drivers’ title in GTE-Pro, one of their nine class championship titles.

AMR have been in the WEC since its beginnings in 2012 and have recorded 47 class victories, four of them at the Le Mans 24 Hours, and 103 podiums.

President of Aston Martin Racing, David King, said: “At all levels, from GTE, through GT3 to the entry level GT4, we have experienced significant championship success, winning 26 titles across the spectrum of world, international and domestic series.”

Earlier in 2020, Aston Martin also pulled out of the Le Mans Hypercar programme following their upcoming commitments in Formula 1.

The Racing Point team will be renamed and rebadged to Aston Martin in 2021, featuring a driver lineup of Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel.

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King ensured that the works programme may have ended after nine years of competition, but customer GTE (Am) teams in the ELMS and the WEC will “shift the weight of factory support to our partners (customer teams).”

Chief Executive Officer, Aston Martin Lagonda, Tobias Moers added: “Vantage proved it has world champion pedigree in 2020, and in its GTE variant is a 24-hour race winner.

“Now with the Vantage GT3 we wish to give our partners and customers the best opportunity possible to fight for victory against our closest rivals in the toughest endurance challenges GT racing has to offer.”

A revised agreement with Prodrive will allow them continue manufacturing the outgoing front-engine GT race cars in a multi-year deal for Aston Martin Racing.

Although the manufacturer’s main focus rests on Formula 1, they will target the outgoing customer GT pursuits in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, GT World Challenge, the US-based IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship, the Super GT Championship and other series.