. . <div id = 'csse_post_div' style = 'text-align: justify! Sørensen (DEN), at the season finale – 8 hours Bahrain – on Saturday.
Aston Martin’s Vantage GT already won the GT Manufacturers’ World Championship with a famous victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in both GTE Pro and Am classes in September, before Thiim (DEN) and Sørensen (DEN) became GT World Champions For the second time having previously won it in 2016.
This marks Aston Martin’s most successful racing season since 1959, and the first time that its cars have won two world titles and both classes at Le Mans in the same campaign, in a season that saw them beat arch-rival Porsche. Ferrari in all major Pro competitions.
For the Danes, fifth place in the GTE Pro category in the Bahrain final was enough to give them a total of 172 points, 12 points ahead of teammate Maxime Martin (Belgium), who finished the season as deputy champion, after winning the GTE Pro category for the 24 Hours race. of Le Mans along with Alex Lynn (GB). The Belgian finished fourth in Bahrain, alongside Richard Westbrook (UK), who replaced Lynn in the Saturday race.
In only its second season of WEC – and the longest in sporting history thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic – the Vantage GTE achieved eight class wins and four in Pro, three of which were captured by Thiim and Sørensen in 6 Hours of Fuji (Japan), the first 8 hours of Bahrain and Lone Star 6 hours in Kuta (USA).
These victories, along with their second place finish in 6 Hours of Spa, third at Le Mans and fifth place in China where they set the pace before the misfortune, allowed them to avoid the comeback of their teammates. In Vantage # 97. Martin and Lynn scored a series of four podiums before their impressive victory at Le Mans.
Tim said, « This feels incredible. ». “We worked hard for what seems like it is really forever to win this tournament. This is all I have thought about for months and it means everything to me and Marco. The Vantage GTE has been the perfect racing car all season, and I’m so proud that we are the ones calling ourselves the champions to win it. I’m now a two-time world champion with Aston Martin, and that’s something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Thanks to the team, Aston Martin, WEC and all the fans. What more can I say?
Sørensen added: “This season has been very difficult, both on and off the track, and our recent victory in the World Championship is testament to all the people on the team who gave us such a wonderful race car.. The Vantage has let us fight in the front, almost all year round, which is what you dream about as a driver because all you have to do is race hard. This year we have proven that we can win races and championships if you give us a car like this.
Aston Martin Racing President David King said: “We’ve known for a long time just how much potential the Aston Martin Vantage GTE has.. . Since its inception in 2018, it has developed to win the World Championship and demonstrated this at Le Mans in September. But winning so many trophies in only her second season of racing is something very special. This level of achievement rarely occurs in motorsport, and you cannot overstate the importance of achievement. We as a brand are very proud of what Aston Martin Racing has accomplished this season and we would like to thank the drivers, the team, our competitors, FIA and WEC for a great tournament that played well..
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