New Aston Martin Vantage GTE Takes Second Win of the FIA WEC Super Season

The final round of the competition will start on Sunday, 16 June, 2019.

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The new Aston Martin Vantage GTE took the first spot in FIA World Endurance Championship GTE Pro class for the 2nd time. It was one of the most remarkable, distinctive and snow-affected sportscar races we have ever witnessed at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

Behind the wheels of the #97 Vantage GTE car, were Maxime Martin (BEL) and Alex Lynn (GB), who did a great job to secure this win. Not only it was the first win for both the drivers but it was also the first for this car after the win in 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours. Both Martin and Lynn adopted a brilliant strategy to win the race.

2019 World Endurance Championship
Spa Francorchamps, Belgium
2nd – 4th May 2019
Photo: Nick Dungan / Drew Gibson Photography

“This was amazing,” stated Martin, who remained behind the wheels for an astonishing three hours and 41 minutes. “We’ve not always been lucky so far in this campaign, but to get to the end of the season with a win like this, at my home race at Spa, is the best way to capture my first win for Aston Martin. We were really competitive but the conditions were really hard. Strategy played a big part in this result and sometimes it was a bit of a gamble. This race had everything, which made it even better to win it. The team did an amazing job, we were quick in the pitstops, we were quick in both conditions and Alex did a fantastic job too, so in the end, it was a proper team win.”

The sister #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, took the seventh spot in this highly competitive race. It was driven by Danish duo Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen. The #98 Aston Martin V8 Vantage finished sixth in the race.

2019 World Endurance Championship
Spa Francorchamps, Belgium
2nd – 4th May 2019
Photo: Nick Dungan / Drew Gibson Photography

Aston Martin Racing Managing Director John Gaw stated: “This was a very tough race today, but probably one of our best ever team performances. This was a great time to do it just before Le Mans and also this victory means that both the #95 and #97 crews have delivered a victory with the Aston Martin Vantage GTE in its first year.”

The final round of the competition, the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans, will start on Sunday, 16 June 2019.

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