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Aston Martin adds to WEC line-up
6 April 2013
Aston Martin Racing has announced that Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy will both join the team for the 2013 World Endurance Championship season.
The pair competed for AMR in the Sebring 12 Hours last month and will now rejoin the team when the World Endurance Championship season gets underway at Silverstone next weekend.
Dalla Lana and Lamy will team up with Fred Makoweicki in the #99 Aston Martin Vantage GTE in the GTE-Pro class, with the sister #97 car being shared by Darren Turner, Stefan Mucke and Bruno Senna.
The line-up in the two GTE-Am cars remains unchanged with Allan Simonsen, Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen in the #95 entry and Roald Goethe joining British pair Stuart Hall and Jamie Campbell-Walter in the #96.
“Joining Aston Martin Racing and competing in the WEC was sort of a now or never opportunity for me,” Dalla Lana said. “At the age of 47 and in only in my fourth full year as a race car driver, it is obviously a huge step that comes with learning new tracks and competing with the best sports car drivers in the world. But I welcome the challenge and look forward to an incredible learning experience.
“It's a real privilege to be working with such an accomplished team and drivers; the depth of experience on tap is incredible and I am hopeful that the support offered by this environment will allow me to progress further as a driver.
“I expect 2013 to be very challenging with a steep learning curve. I hope to be able to acclimatise myself quickly and contribute to the team, and also to enjoy what is sure to be an incredible experience!”
AMR team principal John Gaw admitted that podiums were the aim for the opening race of the season on home soil in what is set to be an ultra-competitive field.
“The World Endurance Championship has stepped up another level in 2013,” he said. “There's a great entry list in all classes, in particular the GT classes, which will be super competitive. There will be new cars from Porsche, upgraded cars from Ferrari and we have developed ours over the winter; the pecking order is too close to call.
“However, we go to Silverstone well prepared following an extensive winter testing programme and we look forward to being competitive. We always race to win but, this early in the season, podium results in both classes would be a great way to start our 2013 WEC campaign.”