12 October 2013
Senna to Young Driver as AMR reshuffles
Bruno Senna will line up with the Young Driver AMR squad in Japan as Aston Martin Racing rethinks its pairings for the 6 Hours of Fuji.
'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.
“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.
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