Aston Martin Racing continued without a break with the development of the new Aston Martin Vantage GTE, a model with which the brand will compete in the class LMGTE-Pro in the WEC as of the season 2018-19. In the absence of a few days to its official premiere, which will take place on November 21st next to the production model, the team has done a new test with the Vantage GTE at Sebring. Despite the photos and videos of ‘fansofthe12hours’, this test has left more unknowns than certainties, especially around the execution times of the sports program of the brand.
however, and despite this test at Sebring, a priori, the debut competitive of the new Vantage GTE is still targeted for the opening round of the season 2018-19 in the WEC, which will take place at Spa-Francorchamps in may, subject to the approval of the ACO and FIA. In this aspect, sources of the brand point out that discards any program in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 hours of Sebring to focus efforts on the development of a model that as a curiosity in this last test equates Michelin tires in place of tires Dunlop, current member of a competitive team.
beyond this eventual change of tyre supplier, where changes are expected is in the roster of team riders. In fact, sources of ‘Sportscar365’ indicate that Alex Lynn could be one of the official drivers of Aston Martin after taking part of this test in Florida. The cited half-understood that the winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring with the Cadillac DPi of Wayne Taylor is a strong candidate to a seat in the factory after testing with the Aston Martin on the ‘rookie test’ of the WEC 2016. Its program in Formula E with DS Virgin Racing would not affect this new collaboration.