“Kiwi” joins Danish Dynamite: Stanaway to race for Young Driver AMR

Richie Stanaway joins Young Driver AMR for second FIA WEC round.

Young Driver AMR will start will a slightly changed driver line up at this Saturdays Six hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC). Kristian Poulsen and David Heinemeier Hansson, winners of the season opening round at Silverstone in the GTE-AM class, will be joined by 23 year old New Zealander Richie Stanaway.

Nicki Thiim, who raced with fellow Dane’s Poulsen and Heinemeier Hansson at Silverstone in the Aston Martin Racing entered Young Driver AMR-Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE, has other commitments in Germany this weekend and will be back with Young Driver AMR for the 24 hours of Le Mans.

Richie Stanaway is new to Young Driver AMR, but a well-known face with Aston Martin Racing. The rapid New Zealander raced in the previous season for Aston Martin Racing in the FIA WEC and scored one Pole Position.

Richie Stanaway
Richie Stanaway

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

"I’m really happy that Richie Stanaway will join Young Driver AMR this weekend“, Young Driver AMR´s Jan Struve says ahead of the second world championship round. "He showed great speed last season and he is a perfect addition to the team. After our back-to-back victory at Silverstone, we are now looking for another podium finish at Spa-Francorchamps. Silverstone showed already what we expected: The competition in the GTE Am class is much harder then last season. Due to a zero error job of the entire team, good tactics and a great performance of our drivers, we could beat our competitors. I really hope we can repeat this at Spa and can collect more silverware."

Young Driver team member Christoffer Nygaard will share once again the #98 NorthWest Aston Martin Racing-Aston Martin Vantage GTE with Pedro Lamy and Paul Dalla Lana. Nygaard finished second in the GTE Am class at the season opening round in England.

The second round of the FIA WEC is a two-day event with the race start Saturday at 14:30 hours. Eurosport will broadcast the final two hours of the race live starting at 18:30 hours.

Standing FIA Endurance Trophy for GTE-Am drivers after the first round:

1. Kristian Poulsen/Nicki Thiim/David Heinemeier Hansson (Young Driver AMR-Aston Martin Vantage GTE), 25 points
2. Christoffer Nygaard/Paul Dalla Lana/Pedro Lamy (Aston Martin Racing-Aston Martin Vantage GTE), 18 points
3. Bird/Rugolo/Wyatt (Ferrari 458 Italia), 15 points
4. Ried/Bachler/Al Qubaisi (Porsche 911 RSR), 12 points
5. Collins/Mowlem/Patterson (Ferrari 458 Italia), 10 points

Standing FIA Endurance Trophy for GTE-Am teams after the first round:

1. Young Driver AMR / Aston Martin racing (Aston Martin Vantage GTE), 25 points
2. Aston Martin Racing (Aston Martin Vantage GTE), 18 points
3. AF Corse (Ferrari 458 Italia), 15 points
4. Proton Competition (Porsche 911 RSR), 12 points
5. Ram Racing (Ferrari 458 Italia), 10 points

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Series WEC
Drivers Pedro Lamy , Eric Gilbert , Kristian Poulsen , Paul Dalla Lana , Christoffer Nygaard , Nicki Thiim , David Heinemeier Hansson , Richie Stanaway , Jan Struve
Teams Aston Martin Racing , AF Corse , Proton Competition
Article type Breaking news
Tags aston martin, kristian poulsen and david heinemeier hansson, spa, wec