Aston Martin keep the ball rolling with brace in Texas

Nicki Thiim on his way to helping Aston Martin to success in Texas
Nicki Thiim on his way to helping Aston Martin to success in Texas

Aston Martin Racing has cooled down to the taste of champagne, after winning both GTE Pro and Am classes in a scorching Six Hours of Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

After clinching the GTE Pro pole, Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen continued their strong form to bring their #95 V8 Vantage GTE home first at the six-hour mark.

Without a doubt this has been one of the most outstanding team efforts

Team boss Paul Howarth

Aside from the pit-stop windows, the duo led the GTE Pro field for the entirety of the race with both single stinting throughout.

The result marks their first victory and fourth visit to the podium this season, with Marco Sørensen taking his first ever FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) win.

The victory extends their GTE Pro championship lead to 12 points, places both drivers at the head of the GT Drivers table and adds to Aston Martin’s six point advantage in the GT Manufacturers’ title race.

The sister #97 GTE Pro entry of Darren Turner and Fernando Rees brought their V8 Vantage GTE home in fifth to score a further ten invaluable points for the team’s championship effort.

The British squad also claimed a dominant victory in the GTE Am class, as the #98 V8 Vantage GTE of Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Paul Dalla Lana also converted their pole position into a class win.

Team boss Paul Howarth: “Without a doubt this has been one of the most outstanding team efforts.

“Every member of the team and all of our partners came to COTA fully committed to win against some of the strongest opposition in motor sport and we delivered.

“It’s an immensely proud moment for Aston Martin Racing. Three pole positions in a row, a win in Mexico and then to come here and deliver a double victory in Pro and Am is fantastic.

“The team keeps going from strength to strength and we’re now even more focused on our objectives for the season.”

Lauda added: “We had a perfect race and the boys did a fantastic job to make every pit stop perfect, even when the conditions were so tough with the heat.

“Pedro and Paul were great out there and every time I got in the car we had a good lead. Even so, you still have to drive it home, make no mistakes and stay focused for the full six hours.”

Aston Martin Racing returns to the FIA World Endurance Championship for the Six Hours of Fuji in October, where the team will look to continue the race-winning success the team has enjoyed in Mexico and now Austin.