Aston Martin Racing (AMR) has closed the 2019-20 WEC season with the celebration of the LMGTE-Pro drivers and teams title. However, this success may not have continuity in the 2021 campaign, since AMR would be thinking of reducing its effort in LMGTE-Pro in the middle of your attempt to reduce the costs of your GT program. In fact, the top leadership of the British firm does not rule out a withdrawal completely of the category, a situation that would leave Prodrive in a complicated situation that would lead him to compete in the WEC with an individual effort or to leave the series directly.
While Aston Martin’s presence at LMGTE-Am would not be in doubt, among other things because of the British firm’s commitment to its clients, the continuity of the project in LMGTE-Pro is in doubt. Although the Aston Martin Vantage has shown its great performance and Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim have achieved the title with the # 95, the situation has changed within the brand and the priority at the budget and competitive level is in the landing of Aston Martin in Formula 1 at the hands of Lawrence Stroll and the Racing Point team.
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Aston Martin’s possible decision to abandon the LMGTE-Pro category would be a serious setback for the viability of the GTE platform. However, in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the departure of Porsche has left the list of GTLM vehicles low, in a situation that could now be repeated in the WEC. In fact, if Aston Martin withdraws its two entries in LMGTE-Pro, the category would be limited to four cars during the 2021 WEC season thanks to the efforts of Porsche and Ferrari. Meanwhile, Aston Martin may well fulfill its commitment to the WEC until 2022 with a program on LMGTE-Am starring Paul Dalla Lana.