Jetalliance Racing will look to secure a podium finish on its debut in the Le Mans 24 Hours – in what will be the final race at La Sarthe for the current GT1-spec cars.
The team will field the only Aston Martin DBR9 entered into the race, with team boss Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer joined at the wheel by Alex Muller and Thomas Gruber.
Set to become the first Austrian outfit at La Sarthe since 1972, the team will face the challenge of taking the fight to the factory Corvette team and the privateer Corvettes entered by Luc Alphand Aventures – a challenge Muller admits will be far from easy.
“It will be the final major appearance of these cars,” he said. “A total of four will be on the grid, two of those true works entries. They will be a tough nut.
“Of course we'll have to try and come through the 24 hours unscathed, if possible. On the other hand we're going to have to push a little to be able to beat them. It's a very thin edge. Strategy will be decisive.”
The team has already competed in the Spa 1000km as a pre-cursor to Le Mans, and Lichtner-Hoyer said that finally taking his place on the La Sarthe grid would be the realisation of a dream.
“We really tried to leave nothing to chance, from logistics and mechanics to us drivers who have completed a tough fitness programme,” he said. “Now I hope that we'll be rewarded for it with 24 hours free of accidents and breakdowns. If we manage to do that I'm not worried about the final result at all, since we would certainly be running up front in our class then.
“We've always been ardent racing fans, and when I started racing myself I knew – I had to drive in Le Mans one day. I've achieved this goal. Stage two will be to see the chequered flag, and whatever comes next will be the famous icing on the cake!”