Aston Martin Racing will contest the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona with a four-driver lineup made up of its regular works team drivers. This weekend is the season opener for this year’s IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship; North America’s premier sports car series.
Following an extensive ROAR test session at the beginning of the month, the team is confident of a strong finish in the GTD class with its V12 Vantage GT3. Testing times remained tantalisingly close throughout the weekend, with the top 18 GTD runners separated by just 1.62 seconds in practice six.
“Racing in Daytona is incredibly important for a manufacturer such as Aston Martin and I am confident that we have the potential to compete at the front of our class,” stated John Gaw, team principal of Aston Martin Racing. “Our drivers are well-prepared to take on 2016 and Daytona would be the perfect place for them to seal their first result of the year. It’s also a pleasure to be racing alongside our partner-team TRG, who I hope will also have a successful race weekend.”
The team’s entry will continue to sport the white and green livery revealed at the ROAR earlier this month. The car’s livery references the brand’s exclusive Vantage GT12 road car; a 100-only special-edition, sold and delivered to customers throughout last year.
Alongside Aston Martin Racing’s factory entry, the British marque will also be represented by its North American partner, TRG-Aston Martin Racing.