11 January, 2010
British sportscar driver, Rob Bell, will be racing an Aston Martin Vantage GT2 this coming season, driving for JMW Motorsport in the European Le Mans Series and the famed Le Mans 24 Hour race.
Bell has been a regular in the GT2 Ferrari over the last three years, but he has already had experience of the Aston Martin marque, after driving with Drayson Racing at Sebring early last year. The decision by JMW Motorsport to move from racing a Ferrari 430 GT2 car to the British Aston Martin presents Bell with a new challenge and one which he is relishing.
He says, “Driving for such an iconic British racing brand is an exciting new opportunity for me. I enjoyed driving this model in Sebring last year and I think with the links that JMW will have with the manufacturer, the development programme which is planned and the Dunlop tyres tie-up there is plenty of potential for us to be highly competitive.
“I had my first Le Mans 24 hours outing three years ago and now I’m totally addicted to this event. It’s a holy grail in motorsport and I’m really pleased to be having another attempt at going the distance in 2010. It will be my first Le Mans in the Aston Martin though, so another new departure, all adding to the diversity of experiences which I’m building in my sportscar racing career.”
JMW Motorsport has become Aston Martin Racing’s official global GT2 Development Partner and will have close links with the team, including a planned development schedule introducing updates throughout 2010. In addition, JMW Motorsport will continue to have the support of Dunlop, with a test and development programme during the season. The JMW Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT2 will also feature in Dunlop’s 2010 Le Mans Design Competition.
Bell expects to be testing early in 2010 in preparation for the opening round of the Le Mans Series which takes place at Paul Ricard circuit in France.