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Although the popular “Dane Train” Aston Martin Vantage GTE will be on the grid as planned this season to defend it’s World Championship title in the GTE-Pro class, there will be a small difference; Young Driver AMR, the operation behind the #95 entry, will take a sabbatical for the season. 

The car will continue in the FIA WEC and run under full Aston Martin Racing livery with Danish drivers Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen remaining at the wheel. 

“Our well known and rapid Aston Martin Vantage GTE will continue in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Aston Martin Racing, but Young Driver AMR will take a sabbatical“, says Young Driver AMR´s Jan Struve.

“Since 2010, we competed with Aston Martin on the highest levels of GT racing. As Aston Martin Racing is safe to continue with our car in the 2017 FIA WEC and our World Championship winning Danes Marco Sørensen and Nicki Thiim will both return with them, we felt it’s time for a break.

“I will continue to attend selected FIA WEC rounds this year but will step back from a managing role this season.

“A very special thank you goes to Aston Martin Racing for their excellent support in the past seven seasons.“

Young Driver AMR stable has campaigned GT1, GT3 and GTE versions of Aston Martin racecars in various championships and taken 16 victories and two World Championship titles in 90 races, notably World Championship wins in the GTE-Am und GTE-Pro class of the FIA WEC in 2014 and 2016 and a 24 hours of Le Mans class victory in 2014.

Other well know drivers that have passed through the Young Driver AMR team over the years include Darren Turner, Tomas Enge, Peter Kox, Christoffer Nygaard, Johannes and Ferdinand Stuck, Dennis Rostek, Kristian Poulsen, Stefan Mucke, Pedro Lamy, Jose Maria Lopez, Richie Stanaway, David Heinemeier Hansson, the late great Allan Simonsen – quite a roll call!