Aston Martin X 2023 Asian Le Mans at Dubai Autodrome Circuit
Aston Martin Racing is all set to participate in the 2023 Asian Le Mans series this weekend in UAE, with 5 GT3s.
After winning Rolex 24 at Daytona last month, Aston Martin Vantage is on a winning streak. Their next aim is to qualify and conquer the GT Class of the 2023 Asian Le Mans series kicking off the upcoming weekend at Dubai Autodrome Circuit, UAE. The new season comprises 48 cars and 140 drivers, many of whom will be competing in the FIA WEC, the pinnacle of endurance racing.
Aston Martin’s ultra-successful, multiple championship-winning Vantage returns to the international Motorsport Arena. Five Vantage GT3s will be participating in the four-race, two-event series in Dubai and then at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi the following weekend. The five GT3s are based on the British marque’s roadgoing sportscar that shares the same aluminium chassis and four-litre V8 turbocharged engine.
Aston Martin Teams and Drivers at 2023 Asian Le Mans Series
The quintet of Vantages are manufactured by four Aston Martin Racing [AMR] partner teams in attendance and will be fully supported by Aston Martin Racing’s Asian regional distributor, Motorsports Services AMR Asia. Leading those four teams will be D’station Racing and Viper Niza Racing.
In addition, AMR’s Spanish distributor and team, Bullitt Racing, will make its series debut in Dubai. TF Sport, the LMGTE-Am champions of the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, has entered two cars (and will assist D’station Racing as it does in the WEC).
D’station Racing, a Japanese squad that has previously won races in the Asian Le Mans Series, will field its # 77 Vantage GT3 for team owner Satoshi Hoshino (JPN) Tomonobu Fujii (JPN), and Charlie Fagg (GBR). While Viper Niza Racing will make its Aston Martin debut in the Asian Le Mans Series with its Thailand Super Series line-up that includes team owner Douglas Khoo (MAL) in his # 65 Aston Martin and team-mate Dominic Ang (MAL).
TF Sport returns to the endurance racing series along with its 2023 European Le Mans Series driver line-up of John Hartshorne (GB), double 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner and works driver Jonny Adam (GB) and reigning FIA WEC GTELM Am vice-champion and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Henrique Chaves in the # 95 Vantage. Long-time Chinese GT Aston Martin racer David Pun, racing under a Chinese flag, will also join the team in the # 61 TF Sport Aston Martin. He will be partnered by IMSA GTD Pro race winner and works driver Ross Gunn (GBR), who raced alongside Pun in the Chinese series in 2019. Adrian Henry D’Silva (MAL) will also drive in the car.
Bullitt Racing Team makes its debut in the 2022 Asian Le Mans Series got a very strong driver lineup that includes works driver Valentin Hasse Clot, Jacob Riegel, and Martin Berry (CDN) (FRA).
The 2023 season Asian Le Mans Series will be held over the course of two consecutive weekends, with the first two four-hour races taking place in Dubai on Saturday, 11 February at 1500 (+4 hours GMT) and Sunday 12 February at 1500 (+4 hours GMT). The final two rounds will take place at the Yas Marina Grand Prix circuit in Abu Dhabi on Saturday 18 February and Sunday 19 February.
The free practice has already begun on Friday with GT class qualifying for Rounds 1 and 2, which took place on Saturday 11 February at 1040 (+ 4 Hours GMT).
A word from the Aston Martin Officials
Huw Tasker, Head of AMR Partner Racing, said: “Interest from the Asian sector of the motorsport market is growing phenomenally quickly, particularly in GT racing. We know from other areas of international motorsport that Vantage is a highly competitive proposition in the hands of professional drivers, aspiring amateurs and gentleman racers alike and this year’s Asian Le Mans Series is another opportunity for us to prove that is the case. It’s fantastic to see D’station Racing and Viper Niza leading the charge for Aston Martin X 2023 Asian Le Mans Series, and we’re certain that also having very strong entries from TF Sport and Bullitt Racing Vantage is very well represented in Dubai this weekend, and next week in Abu Dhabi.”