Aston Martin is discussing its intention to return to top-level sports car racing, particularly the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the manufacturer’s chairman, Lawrence Stroll, has said. Coach during Thursday’s reveal of the Aston Martin Formula One team’s 2022 race car.
“We never stopped racing in GT3 and GT4, and we won [the GTE Pro class at] Le Mans two years ago,” he said. “This program will continue and be improved.
Stroll did not say which category would involve an enhanced sports car racing programme, saying only that the category chosen must align with the “message” Aston Martin is trying to convey. He also did not say when the enhanced program would take place.
Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
Autocar suspects that the Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) course would be the most likely. LMH is the top class alongside Le Mans Daytona Hybrid (LMDh), and was originally intended to see Aston Martin compete with a racing car based on the Valkyrie hypercar, although Aston Martin canceled the program in 2020. Some of the Valkyrie LMH racer designs were used by Aston Martin for their track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro hypercar.
Aston Martin rival Ferrari is set to compete in the LMH from 2023, alongside Peugeot and current LMH rivals Toyota and Glickenhaus.
Aston Martin has already won the premier sports car racing event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was 1959, with Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby in an Aston Martin DBR1.