The Danish duo will race within the blue riband spherical of the GT World Problem Europe Endurance Cup on 31 July 31-1 August together with fellow works driver Ross Gunn on the wheel of an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 fielded beneath the Storage 59 banner.
The Belgian enduro might be Thiim and Sorensen’s first race collectively since Aston Martin axed its manufacturing unit assault on the WEC on the finish of a 2019/20 marketing campaign by which it additionally claimed the GTE producers’ crown.
The Storage 59 buyer crew is collaborating with the Aston Martin Racing works set-up to run the Professional class entry alongside its pair of standard GTWCE automobiles, which participate within the Silver and Professional-Am Cup classes.
AMR managing director John Gaw advised Autosport: “We had been undoubtedly pushing arduous to do it and had been searching for a accomplice. We had been speaking to others, however it made sense to do it with Storage 59 as a result of it is already competing within the collection.
“Operating a Professional automotive with works drivers at Spa is extra proof of AMR’s evolution from a manufacturing unit programme to a fully-integrated buyer operation that has the power to help its prospects not simply with drivers, but additionally personnel, technical back-up and world championship- successful expertise.”
Gaw confirmed that the automotive raced by Thiim, Sorensen and Gunn might be loaned to Storage 59 by AMR, however burdened that “like all of the groups racing at Spa with Aston will probably be receiving assist and help from us in all areas”.
#188 Storage 59 Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3: Alexander West, Jonathan Adam, Chris Goodwin
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Thiim stated he was “comfortable to be returning to contest one of many largest GT3 races on the planet” with Aston Martin.
Sorensen added: “I am actually trying ahead to going racing once more at Spa. To have the shot at an general win in one of many massive GT endurance races is a good alternative, so I’ve to say due to Storage 59 and Aston Martin.
“With Ross becoming a member of the ‘Dane Practice’ we make a fairly robust line-up and the Vantage undoubtedly has the potential to battle on the entrance.”
Aston Martin has by no means managed to complete within the prime six on the Spa enduro, which is now additionally a spherical of the Intercontinental GT Problem, for the reason that begin of the GT3 period in 2011. Its greatest outcome got here in 2011, when the French Hexis crew completed eighth with the DBRS9.
Gaw did not rule out additional high-level collaborations between AMR and its prospects sooner or later, including: “We’ve got numerous assets that we will provide groups and there are different massive GT3 races on the market.”
He instructed that there may very well be “additional bulletins by way of the summer season”.
Storage 59’s common GTWCE entries might be raced by their full-season driver line-ups at Spa. Reigning class champions Chris Goodwin and Alexander West are driving the Professional-Am automotive with Aston manufacturing unit driver Jonny Adam. The Silver Cup automotive is raced by AMR Academy graduate Valentin Hasse-Clot, Alex MacDowall and Nicolai Kjaergaard.
A fourth driver might be named to affix every mixture at a later date.