Former Formula One driver Bruno Senna will race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Aston Martin Racing (AMR). The Brazilian will also contest the full season of the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA) in the one of the Gulf-liveried AMR V8-powered Vantage GTEs.
It will not be the first time that Senna has taken on the Le Mans challenge. In 2009, he drove for the Oreca Matmut – AIM team. Oddly it was due to the same scenario –he did not have a ride in Formula One. The Brazilian said at the time that he wanted to keep himself “race fit” and after he tested the Oreca LMP1, he joined the team for Le Mans. Prior to the June race in France, Senna’s first race with the team was the 1000 km of Catalunya.
The Williams F1 team did not renew with Senna, and he then put his name out for the teams looking for drivers. Unfortunately, a seat in the premier single-seater series did not materialize for him. Still he is now going to have a great time in sportscar racing – a series many former Formula 1 drivers have switched to over the years.
David Richards, Chairman of Aston Martin, commented: “There is a real sense of anticipation in the Aston Martin Racing team this year and a belief that it is once again our time to return to the top step of the podium at Le Mans. It would be a fitting way for Aston Martin, which has such a rich heritage in motorsport and particularly at Le Mans, to cap its centenary year.”
Senna’s first race will be in the United States for the always challenging Twelve Hours of Sebring. He will co-drive the Vantage with team drivers Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke. For Le Mans, driver Peter Dumbreck will join Turner and Mucke.