AMR hires two from Ford

Aston Martin Racing has set their drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020.

The British car manufacturer has grabbed two former Ford Chip Ganassi Racing drivers, to help the two GTE Pro cars.

Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen will be joined by Richard Westbrook in #95. Westbrook has driven in the USA for several years, racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Ford, and prior to that for Corvette teams in both IMSA and Grand-Am. Le Mans 2020 will be his 1oth time at the French track. Prior to his USA exploits, he won the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Championship twice, and was counted as a bit of a Porsche expert – but without becoming a works driver. That resulted in his move to USA.

Maxime Martin and Alexander Lynn in #97 will be joined by Harry Tincknell. Tincknell was part of the Ford WEC outfit from 2016-2019, but has plenty of experience from LMP2, where he has raced for JOTA Sport, winning the 24 hour race in 2014, and the ELMS title in 2016. He has raced for Mazda Team Joest in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship since 2018, plus he races for Carlin in both the ELMS and Asian Le Mans Series.

Aston Martin Racing #97
Photo: JJ Media

The AMR #98 drivers are already settled. Paul Dalla Lana, Ross Gunn and Darren Turner will keep racing together in the GTE Am car, just like they do in in the current FIA WEC season.

There are no indications for Westbrook and Tincknell to join the race line-ups in #95 and #97 prior to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. But that can obviously change, if the team see any advantage in doing so.

AMR currently leads the GTE Pro standings with Thiim and Sørensen in #95, ahead of the next FIA WEC round at COTA on 23 February 2020.

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