Aston Martin has revealed its future strategy for its endurance motorsport team. The team plans to focus on constructing a line-up for the upcoming contests of the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship, slated to commence in 2025. Interestingly, they plan on selecting these drivers from their existing roster.
This recruitment strategy involves drivers already contracted with Heart of Racing for campaigns in the two GT Daytona classes in IMSA and GTE Am in WEC. The selection will also focus on the six-member GT lineup currently on the books of Aston Martin Racing.
Adam Carter, Aston Martin‘s head of endurance motorsport, when queried about the potential contributions of Fernando Alonso or Lance Stroll to the Valkyrie programme, said, “they’ve got day jobs”. Carter added, “We have a good stable within the AMR camp, as in the group within the GT programme”. Carter further clarified that this cohort of drivers will initially be used for testing. If they exhibit the right credentials, they would be granted the chance to prove their mettle in races.
Ian James, team principal of Heart of Racing, iterated Carter’s standpoint. James cited the successful example of Ferrari and Porsche promoting GT programme drivers to race their respective LMH and LMDh prototypes. James affirmed to F1 Initiative that “We will look to choose our lineup from the current crop of Heart of Racing and AMR drivers initially, and then we will supplement that as we need to”.
On the subject of 42-year-old Alonso possibly racing Valkyrie post his F1 career, James remains open-minded saying, “No door is closed”. Nevertheless, James stated that Heart of Racing does not aspire to attract big names, as it is not deemed crucial to the program’s success.
The AMR GT pool also boasts two-time WEC GTE Pro champions, Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen, who have considerable prototype experience across various championships. Ross Gunn, Jonny Adam, Charlie Eastwood, and Valentin Haase-Clot also form a part of the factory lineup. Regular Heart of Racing driver Alex Riberas also forms part of the GTD Pro entry.
It is expected that the initial phase of testing for the Valkyrie program will concentrate on trials with a model of the Valkyrie AMR Pro track-day variant.