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.

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