Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has hinted at interest over a possible entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with its Adrian Newey-designed Valkyrie hypercar if the rules were tweaked to allow it to compete in the premier class of sports car racing.

Aston Martin currently races in the GTE-Pro class with its long-standing Vantage GTE car, and has not fought for outright victory at Le Mans since 2011 when it last entered the LMP1 class.

Following the exit of Porsche from LMP1 at the end of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship season, Toyota has been left as the sole remaining manufacturer in the class, leading to questions about its future and what changes are required.

Going back to a more road-car styled category has been suggested for LMP1, potentially creating the possibility for hypercars such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie, Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder to go head-to-head on-track.

"They were debating the future of LMP1 and asked me for my view. My personal perspective is very clear: Aston Martin will never compete in a prototype category because it has no relevance to us," Aston Martin chief Palmer told Autocar.

“But if they allowed racing derivatives of road cars, that would be very interesting to us and, I suspect, the fans.

“Road-derived race cars fighting for the win is in keeping with the history of sportscar and Le Mans racing, and the prospect of the likes of Valkyrie fighting against McLaren P1, LaFerrari and more would be interesting to more than just me, I suspect.

"Watch this space."


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