Aston Martin’s Vantage gears up for action as the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) heads to Monza, and the North American-based IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship continues at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport) in Canada. Some of Aston Martin Racing’s key partner teams, including the Heart of Racing (HoR), TF Sport, and D’station Racing, will compete on both sides of the Atlantic.
Reigning FIA WEC LMGTE Am class champions, TF Sport, with drivers Ahmad Al Harthy (OMN) and Michael Dinan (USA) supported by works driver Charlie Eastwood (IRL), head to the 6 Hours of Monza seeking to give the Aston Martin Vantage GTE its first win of the season and its first WEC class victory at the legendary circuit.
Monza represents a critical point in the championship as TF Sport looks to build momentum into its world title defense. Aston Martin Racing partner team D’station Racing also aims for a strong result at Monza, aiming to achieve a podium finish or better on the WEC’s last visit to the venue before switching to Imola in 2024.
Meanwhile, the Heart of Racing team focuses its efforts on Round 6 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Mosport, which falls on the same weekend as Round 5 of the WEC. The team aims to regain its GTD points lead with reigning champion Roman De Angelis (CAN) and co-driver LMGTE Am world champion Marco Sørensen (DEN) in the #27 Vantage GT3.
The Vantage GTE and GT3 are prototype versions of the British-built race car derived from Aston Martin’s critically-acclaimed ultra-luxury sportscar and share the same aluminium body-frame and a specially-tuned version of the four-litre V8 turbo-charged production engine. In all its variants (GTE, GT3 and GT4), Vantage is phenomenally successful, and is currently the reigning Rolex 24 at Daytona and a three-times 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner, as well as defending champion in the GT Am class of both the FIA WEC and IMSA.
This weekend is pivotal for our partner teams on both sides of the Atlantic. TF Sport has built up momentum in recent WEC rounds and a win now feels tantalisingly close at a circuit Vantage has always gone well on. D’station Racing deserves a strong result to match all the hard work the team has put in and Monza presents a great opportunity for this. In IMSA, the Heart of Racing has repeatedly proven it can be a force with Vantage and we can expect more of the same from the team at Mosport this weekend. Both HoR Aston Martins were on the podium at this event last year, and the team is proving to be just as competitive in 2023.