16 August, 2013
Following Rob Bell’s success in the Six Hours of Spa with Aston Martin Racing, he returns to the team to race one of the marque’s five Gulf-liveried Vantage GTEs which are running in the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The Lancashire based driver will be piloting the #99 car with ex-Formula One driver, Bruno Senna for the fourth round of the series, the Six Hours of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 1 September.
The Banbury-based team heads to five ‘fly away’ rounds of the championship with its sights set on the flawless performances that will be required to reach the top step of each podium with its three GTE Pro cars and two GTE Am cars.
It will be Senna’s home race in Sao Paulo alongside his Le Mans team-mate Bell. Together the pair finished second in the Six Hours of Spa and led the 24 Hours of Le Mans for several hours.
The Six Hours of Sao Paulo takes place at the historic Interlagos circuit, now known as the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace. Last year the team finished in second place here with its single entry, the #97 Vantage GTE.
McLaren factory driver, Bell, says, “I’m very pleased to have been invited back to race again with Aston Martin Racing. It is a very professionally run team and I’ve enjoyed competing with the team and sharing a car with Bruno. I’m sure he’ll receive lots of attention in Brazil, so I’m hoping we can put in a strong drive and Bruno can be waving his Brazilian flag on the podium.”
The WEC Six Hours of Sao Paulo starts with qualifying at 14:35hrs on Saturday 31 August with the race starting at 12:00hrs on Sunday 1 September. Follow the team’s progress at www.astonmartin.com/racing on Facebook, www.facebook.com/astonmartinracing, or on Twitter using @amr_official.