Ex-GP3 race Kirchhofer completes Aston squad's Blancpain line-up

The new R-Motorsport Aston Martin squad run by the Arden and Jota teams has completed its Blancpain GT Series line-up with former GP3 frontrunner Marvin Kirchhofer

Ex-GP3 race Kirchhofer completes Aston squad's Blancpain line-up

The German, who finished third in GP3 in 2015, will race one of R-Motorsport's pair of Aston Martin V12 Vantages in the five Endurance Cup rounds of the BGTS together with factory driver Maxime Martin and Alex Brundle.

Nicki Thiim, a 2016 World Endurance Championship GT title winner with Aston, Jake Dennis and Matthieu Vaxiviere will team up in the other car.

Kirchhofer is stepping up full-time to the BGTS enduros after taking a Pro-Am class victory in last year's Spa 24 Hours with the Black Falcon Mercedes team.

He contested a full ADAC GT Masters campaign last year, following his move from single-seaters after a season of GP2.

R-Motorsport team principal Florian Kamelger said: "[It's] great to have Marvin in the team — he is the perfect fit for a strong competitive team of drivers."

Kirchhofer, 23, added: "I'm really pleased to be a part of this project and to complete R-Motorsport's strong driver line-up.

"My motivation is very high to compete strongly in such a high level and professional racing series."

The link-up between R-Motorsport and its two British partners is taking Aston back to the pro class of the BGTS Endurance Cup for the first time in seven years.

The two Vantages will be based at Jota's Kent workshops in the first year of the programme.

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