'Danish Dynamite' will get a Brazilian touch when the FIA World Endurance Championship stops in Japan for the sixth round of the season.

As part of a wider reshuffle within the Aston Martin Racing ranks, former F1 driver Bruno Senna will join Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen in the #95 GTE-Am class Young Driver AMR Vantage GTE, replacing Nicki Thiim, who is fighting for the German Porsche Carrera Cup Championship on the same weekend at Hockenheim.

A change to the regulations requires that, from the Fuji round onwards, there have to be three drivers per car in the GTE-Am class and the Brazilian, who has impressed with his transition into GT racing this year and was in the winning car at the last round in Texas, opted to step in and support the Young Driver team.

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"There was an option of joining Richie [Stanaway] and Pedro [Lamy] in the #98 car -and that would have been incredible - but the #95 needed another driver just for this round as Nicki couldn't make it," Senna confirmed, "They have had a tough year, so I wanted to step in and do whatever I can to help them get the race win that they so deserve and hopefully help them to become world champions."

The Young Driver AMR squad travels to Japan on the back of a strong second place finish in the most recent round in Austin, and is eager to score another podium finish in Japan.

"I couldn't be happier as with the addition of Bruno Senna," team boss Jan Struve commented, "We knew that Nicky would not be available for Japan and discussed our options with Aston Martin Racing. My dream was to have Bruno Senna in the car and I'm really thankful that Aston Martin Racing made this work.

"Bruno is not only very quick, he is also a great person and a perfect fit for our team. If you mix up some Danish Dynamite with South American spirit, this can only be a successful combination."

Senna's move is part of a wider reshuffle of drivers within the AMR line-up ahead of the Fuji round, as the team pushes for world titles in both the GTE Pro and GTE Am classes as well as the overall manufacturers' title.

The team, which has run five cars since the start of the season, will drop a car for the sixth of eight scheduled rounds, with the #99 Vantage GTE, which won the recent Six Hours of Austin, remaining in America in preparation for the Daytona 24 Hours test session in November.

As a result, the Gulf-liveried #97 Vantage GTE will see regulars Darren Turner and Stefan M?cke joined by French GT driver and Japanese Super GT Series star Fred Makowiecki, who has qualified on pole for all three of his WEC races with Aston Martin Racing this year.

"Yes, there's no doubting Fred is quick, but we've added him to this car because he has an incredible ability to manage tyres," team principal John Gaw explained, "Last year in Fuji, we struggled because of the relatively low grip track surface and we believe that adding Fred to the formidable force of Darren and Stefan will make the #97 very competitive."

In the #98 car, Canadian Paul Dalla Lana will sit this round out due to business commitments, but Lamy and Stanaway will race together once again in the Northwest-liveried car. The pair have taken pole for the last two rounds of the championship and they are hoping to convert this into a win this weekend.

"We've had some great qualifying sessions but then had bad luck in the races," Stanaway commented, "This race, we go there focused and believe this is our chance to come away with a really strong result. To win a WEC race in my first year of GT racing would be a dream come true, but we're up against stiff competition, not least from our team-mates in #97.

"It's a shame to be racing without Paul. We've become a solid team in the last few rounds, but Pedro and I will go out there to get the best result we can for him - after all, he and his business, NorthWest, have enabled us to be here."

In the final of the four Vantage GTEs, the #96, Roald Goethe will once again miss out due to work commitments and, because of the new three-driver per car regulation, Aston Martin Racing reserve driver Jonny Adam will step in to support Jamie Campbell-Walter and Stuart Hall to make an all-British line-up. The trio will be looking to secure a hat-trick of wins for the car following victory at S?o Paulo and Austin.

"I was announced as an Aston Martin Racing works driver earlier this year and this has so far consisted of testing support," Adam, who drove the Beechdean AMR V12 Vantage GT3 to British GT Championship victory last weekend, commented, "To get a chance to prove myself in a WEC race is a fantastic opportunity and to be driving alongside Stuart and Jamie, who have been consistently good all year, is exciting.

"To help Andrew Howard win the 2013 British GT Championship in a V12 Vantage GT3 last week and then to drive a works team Vantage GTE in the WEC next week is something I could have only dreamed of earlier this year."

The 6 Hours of Fuji takes place on Sunday 20 October.