Aston Martin postpones WEC Hypercar development

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Aston Martin has put its involvement in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) Hypercar category on hold. The decision means that the Aston Martin Valkyrie Hypercar will not make its WEC debut at Silverstone in August 2020 or compete in the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Development of its Valkyrie Hypercar entry has now paused. With re-entry into Formula 1 as a works team planned for next year, Aston Martin’s focus will turn to the single-seater competition as well as its activities in endurance GT racing.

Aston Martin Lagonda president and group CEO, Andy Palmer said: “Aston Martin’s ambition to compete for the overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans remains undiminished, but it is only right that we reassess our position in light of a significant change in the landscape that was not anticipated when we committed last year.

“We entered Aston Martin Valkyrie in WEC and at Le Mans with the understanding that we would be competing with similar machinery and like-minded manufacturers. The situation has changed, and it makes sense for us to pause and reconsider our options.”

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