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What the fallout from Aston's engine split means for 2020

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Aston Martin's DTM arrival, via the R-Motorsport outfit, was heralded as a salvation of sorts for the series. After plenty of bumps in the road in 2019, the team finds itself in a similar position to the one it was in 12 months ago. Can it get its act together?

Ninety days is the figure that was repeated throughout 2019, whenever it came to appraising the R-Motorsport Aston Martin squad's first season in the DTM. The number relates to how long it took R-Motorsport to go from an odd artistic demonstration of the car's silhouette pre-season to placing four Aston Martin Vantage DTMs on the grid at the Hockenheim season opener.

Now, it's managed to get itself back into a similar position ahead of 2020. At the time of writing, it at least has the buffer of just over 140 days until next year's first race weekend at Zolder. But this time, it doesn't have an engine. That's been promised in the "coming weeks", as it was several weeks ago, and Motorsport.com was told there were "multiple options".

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