Nurburgring expert Pittard becomes Aston Martin factory GT racer

Nurburgring Long-distance Series title winner David Pittard has become an Aston Martin Racing factory driver for 2022.

Nurburgring expert Pittard becomes Aston Martin factory GT racer

The 29-year-old Briton, who took the NLS title in 2020 with the Walkenhorst BMW team, has been confirmed as a factory driver by the British manufacturer after being named on the 2022 World Endurance Championship entry list earlier this month alongside the works-run NorthWest AMR entry.

He will share the NorthWest GTE Am class Aston Martin Vantage GTE in the WEC with long-time Aston driver and two-time WEC GTE Pro title winner Nicki Thiim and Paul Dalla Lana.

Pittard said: “I’m excited and proud to have signed for Aston Martin Racing.

“My goal is to win the biggest endurance GT races and with Aston Martin I have the platform and the machinery to achieve this.

"I welcome the challenge of adapting to a new manufacturer, new championships and new tracks, but AMR is one of the best organisations in the business, so I’m confident this will be a short and painless process.

"Having team-mates like Paul and Nicki – one of the fastest GT drivers on the planet – will certainly help."

Huw Tasker, head of customer racing at AMR, added: “David has showed enormous potential in and out of the car for a while, so it is good for us to have secured his services."

Pittard made his Aston Martin race debut in Sunday's qualifying race for this weekend's Daytona 24 Hours, the opening round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship.

Pittard will race #98 Northwest AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in Daytona 24 Hours with Dalla Lana, Thiim and Eastwood

Pittard will race #98 Northwest AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in Daytona 24 Hours with Dalla Lana, Thiim and Eastwood

Photo by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images

He finished 10th in GT Daytona together with Dalla Lana in an AMR-run NorthWest Aston Martin Vantage GT3. They will be joined by Thiim and Charlie Eastwood for the 24 Hours.

Pittard becomes the seventh full factory driver at Aston: he joins Thiim, Eastwood, Marco Sorensen, Maxime Martin, Jonny Adam and Ross Gunn.

Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Darren Turner remains on the books of Aston Martin with a test and development role on the road car side and will race with a number of customer teams this year, including with Newbridge Motorsport in British GT4.

Canadian Roman De Angelis has won the 2021 AMR Academy and becomes an Aston Martin junior alongside Tom Canning.

De Angelis will remain with the Heart of Racing Aston squad with which he finished third in last year's IMSA GTD points.

The Canadian will share one of four Vantages in the Daytona field with Turner, Tom Gamble and team boss Ian James.

Gunn and Martin will share Heart of Racing's GTD Pro entry with Alex Riberas.

Adam will drive the Magnus Racing entry along with Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly and John Potter.

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