Mathias Lauda gets works Aston Martin 2015 World Endurance deal

Former DTM driver Mathias Lauda will return to sportscars in 2015 to contest the World Endurance Championship with Aston Martin Racing

Mathias Lauda gets works Aston Martin 2015 World Endurance deal

Lauda, whose previous full sportscar programme came in 2012 with the Vitaphone Racing BMW team, will share a GTE Am class entry in the eight-round WEC together with Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy.

The son of three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda will also take part in selected rounds of the North American Endurance Cup rounds in the GT Le Mans class, starting with this month's Daytona 24 Hours alongside Dalla Lana, Lamy and Darren Turner.

Lauda has been signed to replace Dane Christoffer Nygaard, who has lost his place in the line-up after being upgraded from silver to gold status.

The Austrian becomes the car's mandatory silver-rated driver after being downgraded from gold ahead of last season despite racing in Formula 3000 and GP2 in 2004-05.

AMR team boss John Gaw told AUTOSPORT: "We have done quite a lot of research and we think that Mathias is one of the best silvers around.

"Stefan [Mucke] has driven with him in the past and told us that he is a good team player, which is also very important."

Lauda has yet to drive the Aston Vantage GTE and will get his first taste of the car in the official 'Roar' pre-season Tudor United SportsCar Championship test at Daytona, which starts on Friday.

Gaw explained that it made sense to bring Lauda in for Daytona so that he could get used to working with his WEC team-mates.

AMR has not ruled out utilising a fifth driver in Mucke, who will not be at the test because he is contesting the Dubai 24 Hours with the KPM Aston squad.

The exact line-ups for subsequent rounds of the NAEC at Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta have yet to be finalised.

Gaw would not be drawn on the driving squads in AMR's second Am car and its Pro entries.

Nygaard, 28, will drive The Racers Group team's lead GT Daytona class Aston Martin V12 Vantage together with James Davidson and Christina Nielsen in the four NAEC events.

shares
comments
Former Formula 1 driver Adrian Sutil eyes WEC chance and wants to race at Le Mans
Previous article

Former Formula 1 driver Adrian Sutil eyes WEC chance and wants to race at Le Mans

Next article

Kristensen picks his greatest races

Kristensen picks his greatest races
How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes Plus

How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes

Eight Formula E drivers made the 7,000-mile sprint from the streets of Jakarta to the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe and every one had a story to share at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Despite a range of triumphs and disappointments, each driver doubling up on the day job played a key role in their teams' fortunes

Le Mans
Jun 14, 2022
How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future Plus

How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future

Prema remains a colossus in single-seaters, but the serial Formula 2 and Formula 3 title-winning squad has joined forces with top GT squad Iron Lynx for an attack on sportscars in the World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series. Ahead of its debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours, its sights are firmly fixed on LMP2 glory – and a future in Hypercars next year...

Le Mans
Jun 8, 2022
The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans Plus

The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans

Three young Britons will make their first starts in the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend in the highly-competitive 23-car GTE Am field. But how did they get here? Autosport hears their stories.

Le Mans
Jun 7, 2022
The wingless wonder Peugeot hopes will restore it to Le Mans glory Plus

The wingless wonder Peugeot hopes will restore it to Le Mans glory

Peugeot went radical with the initial plan for its Le Mans Hypercar project, and then stuck to its guns. Here’s how things are shaping up a few weeks before the debut of the 9X8 in next month's Monza World Endurance Championship round

WEC
Jun 1, 2022
How Toyota’s sole survivor turned the tables at Spa Plus

How Toyota’s sole survivor turned the tables at Spa

After a chastening opening to the season at Sebring that ended in an enormous accident, Toyota's #7 crew got their World Endurance Championship underway with victory at a treacherously slippery Spa to make up for its sister car's Sebring defeat to Alpine, as Glickenhaus's promising qualifying turned to disaster in the race

WEC
May 9, 2022
The Chinese sportscar protege targeting a path to the top with Porsche Plus

The Chinese sportscar protege targeting a path to the top with Porsche

Yifei Ye came within one lap of winning the LMP2 class on his Le Mans 24 Hours debut last year, and his eye-catching 2021 has gained Porsche’s interest. With the German manufacturer preparing for a return to the top tier, the Chinese youngster is on the path to join it

WEC
Apr 14, 2022
How WEC got off to a stormy start in 2022 as rulemakers dampen Toyota's dominance Plus

How WEC got off to a stormy start in 2022 as rulemakers dampen Toyota's dominance

Toyota’s stranglehold on the World Endurance Championship ended at the 2022 opener at Sebring, but all accusing eyes were on the Balance of Performance system as the key to the shake-up. Here's how it unfolded, to see Alpine celebrating under a stormy sky having blown away the defending champions

WEC
Mar 21, 2022
Why Penske remains ambitious for its WEC learning year Plus

Why Penske remains ambitious for its WEC learning year

Team Penske is gearing up for its role in running Porsche’s LMDh programme from 2023 by entering this year's World Endurance Championship with an LMP2 car. Although the team is considering 2022 as a season to learn, it is no less serious about winning than ever - which should make the already fiercely competitive class even more so

WEC
Mar 17, 2022