Lynn splits with Aston Martin after marque's GTE Pro exit

Alex Lynn will not be a part of Aston Martin’s factory roster following the British manufacturer’s exit from the GTE Pro class of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Lynn splits with Aston Martin after marque's GTE Pro exit
Listen to this article

British driver Lynn has been racing for Aston in the WEC since the 2018/19 superseason, partnering Maxime Martin in both campaigns in the marque’s #97 Vantage GTE car.

Lynn and Martin won on WEC’s second visit to Spa during the elongated superseason, before triumphing in the Le Mans 24 Hours last year with ex-Ford factory driver Harry Tincknell.

However, after Aston announced earlier this year it would be stepping down from the GTE Pro category, it was inevitable that some drivers will not continue their relationship with the British marque.

When Motorsport.com reached out to Lynn, he confirmed that he is "focused on Mahindra [Formula E] right now, and finding new opportunities in sportscars.”

Lynn was also absent from an announcement earlier on Wednesday where Aston revealed its factory drivers for GT3 racing. 

2019/20 GTE Pro champions Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen, 2017 Le Mans class winner Darren Turner, Jonny Adam, Martin, Charlie Eastwood and Ross Gunn have all been retained for 2021, while Aston has also promised that its academy winners Valentin Hasse-Clot and Tom Canning will be integrated into race programmes with partner teams.

Lynn is due to contest his second full season in Formula E this year, having been retained by Mahindra after he replaced Porsche-bound Pascal Wehrlein for the last six races of the 2019/20 campaign in Berlin.

The 27-year-old has previously driven for Jaguar and DS Virgin Racing in Formula E, competing a full season with the latter team in 2017/18.

Lynn also has experience of prototype racing, having contested the majority of the 2017 WEC season with G-Drive Racing. He also won the Sebring 12 Hours outright in 2017 with Wayne Taylor Racing, driving a Cadillac DPi-V.R with Jordan Taylor and Ricky Taylor.

The 2021 WEC season is due to get underway in Portimao on April 4. Aston will maintain its presence in the series thanks to its participation in the GTE Am class, but the GTE Pro category is left with just two manufacturers, Ferrari and Porsche.

shares
comments

Related video

Menezes: Le Mans quali lap put me on Peugeot radar
Previous article

Menezes: Le Mans quali lap put me on Peugeot radar

Next article

Champion returns with Dumas to contest Pikes Peak

Champion returns with Dumas to contest Pikes Peak
Load comments
How Toyota’s sole survivor turned the tables at Spa Prime

How Toyota’s sole survivor turned the tables at Spa

After a chastening opening to the season at Sebring that ended in an enormous accident, Toyota's #7 crew got their World Endurance Championship underway with victory at a treacherously slippery Spa to make up for its sister car's Sebring defeat to Alpine, as Glickenhaus's promising qualifying turned to disaster in the race

WEC
May 9, 2022
How Toyota's WEC dominance was curbed at stormy Sebring Prime

How Toyota's WEC dominance was curbed at stormy Sebring

Toyota’s stranglehold on the FIA World Endurance Championship ended at the 2022 opener at Sebring, but all accusing eyes were on the Balance of Performance system as the key to the shake-up. Here's how it unfolded, to see Alpine celebrating under a stormy sky having blown away the defending champions...

WEC
Mar 21, 2022
Why Penske remains ambitious for its WEC learning year Prime

Why Penske remains ambitious for its WEC learning year

Team Penske is gearing up for its role in running Porsche’s LMDh programme from 2023 by entering this year's World Endurance Championship with an LMP2 car. Although the team is considering 2022 as a season to learn, it is no less serious about winning than ever - which should make the already fiercely competitive class even more so

WEC
Mar 17, 2022
Why Peugeot couldn't afford to take a Le Mans gamble in 2022 Prime

Why Peugeot couldn't afford to take a Le Mans gamble in 2022

Ahead of the much-anticipated arrival of its new 9X8 Hypercar, Peugeot revealed that it would not be entering this year's Le Mans 24 Hours with its incoming machinery. Although development restrictions for homologated cars are partially responsible, the French marque can draw on its own lessons from its history in sportscars

WEC
Feb 28, 2022
Why the GTP name undermines convergence between IMSA and WEC Prime

Why the GTP name undermines convergence between IMSA and WEC

OPINION: The adoption by IMSA of the GTP name for its forthcoming LMDh versus Le Mans Hypercar era in 2023 appeals to fans of nostalgia - but it undermines the commonality achieved by bringing its rulebook into line with the WEC. GTP or Hypercar, both sides should settle on a single name

WEC
Feb 15, 2022
Celebrating the weird and wonderful monsters of sportscar racing Prime

Celebrating the weird and wonderful monsters of sportscar racing

Few disciplines of motorsport offer better possibilities to build a colossus of the track than sportscars. For Autosport's recent Monsters of Motorsport special issue, we picked out some of the finest (and not so fine) that have graced sportscar classics including Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring

Le Mans
Feb 4, 2022
Why F1-snubbed Davidson has no regrets in retirement Prime

Why F1-snubbed Davidson has no regrets in retirement

He may not have won the Le Mans 24 Hours - falling agonisingly short in 2016 - and didn't get the opportunities in Formula 1 his talents merited. But after calling time on his professional career last month, Anthony Davidson says his pride in his performances with Peugeot and Toyota in LMP1 mean more than the results he achieved

WEC
Dec 17, 2021
Why Le Mans didn't decide Toyota's WEC title outcome in 2021 Prime

Why Le Mans didn't decide Toyota's WEC title outcome in 2021

Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez scored a second successive FIA World Endurance Championship title in the #7 Toyota, as its new Le Mans Hypercar went unbeaten. Motorsport.com recaps how each of the four classes in the 2021 season were won and picks out the best LMH and GTE drivers

WEC
Nov 28, 2021