New team to run pro Astons
THE ARDEN AND JOTA TEAMS ARE linking up with a Swiss entrant to mount Aston Martin’s first full-season pro-class attack on the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in seven years.
The British single-seater and sportscar specialists are firming up a cooperation first announced in 2015 to field a pair of Aston Martin Vantage V12s in the five BGTS enduros under the banner of R-motorsport, which has contested selected enduros using the British manufacturer’s machinery over the past three years. The deal gives Aston a full-time presence in the pro division of the BGTS Endurance Cup for the first time since the inaugural season of what was then known as the Blancpain Endurance Series in 2011.
The two Astons will, for the first season of what is initially a two-year deal, be run from the Kent base of Jota Sport, which masterminded the Jackie Chan DC Racing LMP2 campaign in this year’s World Endurance Championship. The first two of the six drivers have been confirmed as
Jake Dennis and Alex Brundle, who both have existing links with Arden and Jota.
Team co-owner Florian Kamelger explained that the team would be “making no compromises on drivers”.
“We are going to be testing a lot of drivers and our decisions will be data-driven,” he said. “We have the ambition to fight for the win of the championship and to step onto the highest step of the podium at the
Spa 24 Hours [the double-points round of the BGTS] in 2018.”
The deal with R-motorsport was forged through Arden founder and Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner. The Swiss team’s affiliate company, AF Racing, played a key role in the conception and funding of the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar, which has been designed by Red Bull Racing technical director Adrian Newey.