“Danish Dynamite” moves up to GTE-Pro class in 2015
Copenhagen - Young Driver AMR takes on new challenges in the 2015 season and steps up in the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) and 24h hours of Le Mans. After winning the teams and drivers GTE Am FIA Endurance Trophy in 2014, including a landmark class victory at the 24 hours of Le Mans, the team moves to the GTE-Pro class of the World Championship, the premier class in worldwide GT racing, with it’s Aston Martin Vantage GTE (pending confirmation of entry by the FIA and ACO).
For the GTE-Pro assault, Young Driver AMR strengthens it’s “Danish Dynamite” driver line up with of the addition of Lotus F1 Team test driver and GP2 race winner Marco Sørensen (24). The rising Danish star teams up with fellow Danes Christoffer Nygaard (28) and Nicki Thiim (25). Nygaard is the longest serving driver in the Young Driver AMR program, while Thiim is with the team for the third season and will race in selected events as in 2014.
My goal is still to race in Formula 1, but it will not harm my ambitions if I gain experience in other classes.
Lotus F1 Team test driver Marco Sørensen
Young Driver AMR will continue it’s close cooperation with Aston Martin Racing in 2015 FIA WEC. For the third consecutive season the Young Driver AMR-Aston Martin Vantage GTE will be entered by Aston Martin Racing. Along with Sørensen, Saxo Bank will join the 2015 FIA WEC campaign of Young Driver AMR. Saxo Bank supports Sørensen for the second season.
“After winning the GTE-Am class in 2014, we felt it’s the right time to raise the game“, Jan Struve of Young Driver AMR says. “It’s a challenge to compete against the worlds leading teams, but already in 2014 we proved that we can race them. I’m really happy that Marco Sørensen joins Young Driver AMR and would like to welcome Marco as well as Saxo Bank to the team. Together with Christoffer and Nicki, who both showed an outstanding performance in the previous season, we are looking to forward to the 2015 FIA WEC.”
Marco Sørensen: “I’m happy to start with Young Driver AMR and Aston Martin Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship and I’m very thankful to Jan Struve of Young Driver AMR and Saxo Bank, who made this possible. My goal is still to race in Formula 1, but it will not harm my ambitions if I gain experience in other classes. I followed sportscar racing and especially the 24 hours of Le Mans in the past years and I’m really looking forward to my first start at Le Mans.”
Nicki Thiim: “I’m excited to start in the GTE Pro class this season. The competition in the Pro class is thrilling and challenging. For a driver, this will be big fun and I’m looking forward to this season. It’s great that Marco Sørensen will join the team. I know him very well from the days when we both went karting and I’m very confident we will form a strong team.”
Christoffer Nygaard: “Moving up to the Pro class is a big challenge. I’m happy and proud that I will be a part of the team, as it’s the dream and the goal of every GT driver to race in the GTE Pro class. Nicki already proved several times in the previous season, that the Young Driver AMR-Aston Martin can race at the front of the GTE class in the WEC, so I’m really looking forward to the start of the season.”
Aston Martin Racing