Aston Martin returns to IMSA

Aston Martin is back in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship when the 2020 season starts next month.

Heart of Racing Team will bring an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 car in the GTD category, where they will do the full season.

This is the first full season entry for an Aston Martin since 2015, where TRG raced a Vantage GT3 in the GTD category, with Christina Nielsen finishing second in the Championship. There has only been selected raced for AMR since then, with the British brand not being present at all in 2018 and 2019.

Alex Riberas and Roman De Angelis will do the full season together, getting help from Ian James at the longer Michelin Endurance Cup races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.

Graphics: Heart Of Racing Team

A fourth driver will be in the car at the Daytona 24 Hours. Danish factory driver Nicki Thiim will be sent to the USA, to help the team get up to speed with their GT3 car. Thiim did the full 2019 season in the British GT with the same model, so he might have a few tricks up his sleeve.

The team will be run by Team Seattle, which is a charity organisation too, supporting the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Patrick Dempsey was a supporter of that initiative in the past, racing with their logos at Le Mans in 2009. The team has run in the IMSA series before, racing a Porsche in the GTD category in 2016, where Alex Riberas was part of the team as well.

The first real test for the team will be on 3-5 January 2020, where they will do the official test at Daytona International Speedway, ahead of the 24 hours race at the same circuit, later in the month.

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