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Aston Martin to miss Spa

Aston Martin will not compete at next weekend's Spa 1000km in order to focus on the development of its AMR-One ahead of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The AMR-One had originally been scheduled to make its debut at the Sebring 12 Hours in March, but instead ran competitively for the first time at the opening round of the Le Mans Series at Paul Ricard instead.

Last weekend's Le Mans test proved problematic for the squad as the car developed an issue with its engine plasma cylinder lining.

"We could go to the Spa 1000km race in May, but this race meeting will set an agenda for us that doesn't allow us to achieve what we need to accomplish," said Aston Martin Racing chairman David Richards.

"We need to complete our testing at our own pace including engine, aero and long distance tests."

Two cars had been due to race at Spa with Stefan Mucke, Darren Turner and Christian Klien in one and Andy Meyrick, Harold Primat and Adrian Fernandez sharing the other.

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