Aston Martin heads East for Asian leg of the WEC

Aston Martin looks to return to pre-Le Mans success at Six Hours of Fuji

Aston Martin heads East for Asian leg of the WEC
#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE: Darren Turner, Jonathan Adam
#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE: Darren Turner, Jonathan Adam
#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE: Darren Turner, Jonathan Adam
#98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE: Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda
#98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE: Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda
#99 Aston Martin Racing V8 Aston Martin Vantage GTE: Fernando Rees, Alex MacDowall, Richie Stanaway
#99 Aston Martin Racing V8 Aston Martin Vantage GTE: Fernando Rees, Alex MacDowall, Richie Stanaway
#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE: Darren Turner, Jonathan Adam

Gaydon - Aston Martin Racing heads to Fuji International Speedway in Japan this weekend for the sixth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the Six Hours of Fuji, and is looking to return to its pre-24 Hours of Le Mans success following recent Balance of Performance (BoP) readjustments.

In order to keep racing competitive, exciting and cost-effective, the FIA controls the performance of each car, in what is called the Balance of Performance (BoP), and this has enabled the WEC to bear some of the best racing in the world across the last four years.

“Balance of Performance is incredibly difficult for the organisers and, after manufacturers have made new developments to their GTE cars, sometimes it takes some tweaking to rebalance it,” explained Team Principal John Gaw. “Following the Nürburgring and CoTA, Porsche have been given some extra weight to carry and we have a more effective air restrictor size. Hopefully, it will lead to another fantastic race in Fuji and we can see ourselves battle it out with the Ferraris, Porsches and Corvette in both GTE classes.”

In addition to the BoP change, Stefan Mücke (DE) has been called into duty in the #99 Vantage GTE Pro. The German, who usually races with Darren Turner (GB) in the #97 GTE Pro, will replace Richie Stanaway (NZ), who is on GP2 duty this weekend, while Jonny Adam (GB) will race with Turner.

In the #96 Vantage GTE Am, British GT Championship race-winner Liam Griffin (GB) will join Stuart Hall (GB) and Francesco Castellacci (IT) as Roald Goethe (DE) attends business commitments.

The Six Hours of Fuji starts at 11.00hrs (local time) on Sunday 11 October. Fans can follow the team on social media using the hashtag #teamAMR.

The FIA WEC Six Hours of Fuji Driver line-up

GTE PRO
#95 Pro Christoffer Nygaard, Marco Sörensen
#97 Pro Darren Turner, Jonny Adam
#99 Pro Fernando Rees, Alex MacDowall, Stefan Mücke

GTE AM
#96 Am Francesco Castellacci, Liam Griffin, Stuart Hall
#98 Am Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda

Aston Martin Racing

shares
comments
The Rebellion Racing team is ready for the Japanese challenger

Previous article

The Rebellion Racing team is ready for the Japanese challenger

Next article

Bird, Stanaway, and Evans score LMP1 tests

Bird, Stanaway, and Evans score LMP1 tests
Load comments
How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge kept Toyota clear Prime

How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge kept Toyota clear

Despite going stride for stride for pace at Portimao, Alpine’s grandfathered LMP1 couldn’t convert pole position into a sustained victory fight against Toyota. And due to rules and car limitations that are set in stone, the French manufacturer will be searching for solutions in its own battle of endurance.

WEC
Jun 14, 2021
Charting 100 world championship sportscar starts for Toyota Prime

Charting 100 world championship sportscar starts for Toyota

This weekend's Portimao 8 Hours round of the FIA World Endurance Championship marks the 100th world champion prototype start for Toyota. Here are the major milestones on the road to three figures since the earliest low-key days of its entry into the Group C arena nearly 40 years ago.

WEC
Jun 12, 2021
The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing Prime

The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing

Most of the column inches after the World Endurance Championship's opener were centred around the relative pace of the Hypercar class and the LMP2s, but there's another question that needs addressing in order for the new division to have a successful future

WEC
May 7, 2021
How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era Prime

How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era

Amid concerns that the new Hypercar class would be upstaged on debut by the spec LMP2 machines at Spa, Toyota delivered the pole and victory that the vast majority of observers expected. But neither car had a clean run, which gave the grandfathered Alpine LMP1 an unexpected shot at glory.

WEC
May 4, 2021
What to expect from sportscar racing's bold new Hypercar era Prime

What to expect from sportscar racing's bold new Hypercar era

A slim field of three cars will be entered in the Hypercar class for the first round of the World Endurance Championship's post-LMP1 age. But there are plenty of reasons for optimism with the new wave of manufacturer entries and competing class philosophies just around the corner

WEC
Apr 29, 2021
How Aston Martin scaled new heights in the Prodrive era Prime

How Aston Martin scaled new heights in the Prodrive era

The 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship kicks off at Spa this weekend, but for the first time since its 2012 inception there will be no factory-run Aston Martins in the GTE Pro class. That's especially notable because as a works entity, the Prodrive era of Aston Martin Racing that began in 2005 has been a success from the very start.

WEC
Apr 27, 2021
How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname Prime

How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname

Sportscar racing lost one of it's greatest talents 20 years ago today when Bob Wollek was knocked from his bicycle prior to the Sebring 12 Hours. The enigmatic Frenchman never won the Le Mans 24 Hours, but many still remember today why 'Brilliant Bob' became a legend

WEC
Mar 16, 2021
How Ferrari's Hypercar project could bolster Leclerc's legacy Prime

How Ferrari's Hypercar project could bolster Leclerc's legacy

Ferrari's planned return to the top category at the Le Mans 24 Hours has further heightened anticipation for the 2023 race. Few concrete details are currently known, but already it has a high-profile superstar angling for involvement, which would make a refreshing change

WEC
Mar 5, 2021