Sport Aston Martin aims for factory IMSA effort in 2019

19:46  09 may  2018
19:46  09 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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maybe imsa could cut them a deal with the insane manufacture fees that aston martin can not afford that keep them out of IMSA . No Aston Martin Racing effort , whatsoever (old GTE or even GTD) is expected for Daytona or You will see this new car in Sebring in march 2019 in WEC’s 12h race there.

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Aston Martin is aiming to return to front-line sportscar racing in North America with its new second-generation Vantage GTE.

The British manufacturer wants its new GTE contender, which made its race debut in last weekend's FIA World Endurance Championship opener at Spa, to compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's GT Le Mans class.

Aston is targeting a full-season factory presence in North America at an undisclosed point in the future for the first time since its American Le Mans Series campaign with the DBR1 GT1 in 2006.

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Aston Martin Racing has confirmed Maxime Martin as its newest factory driver that will join the British manufacturer for The chance of seeing it back in IMSA in 2019 I’d say is pretty high after they get a handle on the new car. TVR reaffirms plans to run factory GTE-Pro effort in 24 Hours of Le Mans

Aston Martin Racing president David King told Motorsport.com: "We recognise a gap in the fairly large footprint of our worldwide GT racing activities and we are working out how we can fill it.

"At this stage racing in IMSA is an ambition and not a plan; we don't have a plan on how to fund it and we are not in a rush."

King explained that the ideal scenario would be for the Prodrive-run AMR factory squad to undertake a second campaign alongside its GTE Pro attack in the WEC.

"In the ideal world it would be a full-works programme like in 2005-06 in the ALMS - that's the dream," he said. "The alternative would be to work with a partner team at a very high level."

King said that "all options are possible" and didn't rule out working with team in the GT Daytona class with the new Vantage GT3 announced last week as a stepping stone to GTLM.

He explained that AMR was also evaluating how to service its customers in North America and said that a relationship with a racing team could encompass that.

"In order to engage with our racing customers we need an on-the-ground sales and service presence and we could do that with a top-level race," King said.

AMR last raced in the IMSA series when it made a one-off at the 2017 Daytona 24 Hours with solo V12 Vantage GT3. It competed in GTLM with the first-generation Vantage GTE at Daytona in 2014 and '15.

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