AMR plans IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD class return

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Aston Martin Racing (AMR) has revealed plans to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD class in 2020. Two Aston Martin Vantage GT3s will contest the blue riband Rolex 24 at Daytona race, while new partner team Heart of Racing will run a full season program.

The British manufacturer has entered a Vantage GT3 supported by NorthWest Healthcare in the Rolex 24, alongside Heart of Racing’s entry. The works-run car will be driven by factory drivers Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda, Ross Gunn and AMR Junior driver Andrew Watson.

“This is such a great opportunity for me,” said Watson. “I know the Vantage GT3 well, having raced it in Europe last season. It’s all come about quickly but my focus is on preparation to ensure I do the best job possible and deliver a result for the team.”

While Aston Martin is returning to the core of the IMSA race-card, the new Vantage was already present in the IMSA paddock in 2019 with the GT4 variant campaigned by customer team Automatic Racing in the Michelin Pilot Challenge support series.

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