The Aston Martin Vantage GTE has clinched its first double victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship at Fuji, the firm's first double triumph since 2016.
The Aston Martin Vantage GTE clinched its first double victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), with the car winning both the GTE Pro and Am classes of the Six Hours of Fuji. It was Aston Martin's first double triumph since the team managed it in Mexico in 2016.
The TF Sport drivers celebrate their lights-to-flag victory, having started from the class pole position Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim delivered a perfectly-judged performance with the #95 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE Pro car in Japan, to deliver their first win of the 2019-2020 season and their second since the car was introduced in May 2018. Meanwhile in GTE Am, TF Sport dominated the race with a lights-to-flag victory, having started from the class pole position.
Sorensen began the race from third, but quickly moved up to second in a first hour that stood out for its fantastically close racing between the three manufacturer teams in the Pro class.
Once in front, thanks to a brilliant pass for the lead by the Dane on the pit straight using the tow of a backmarker, he and teammate Nicki Thiim were able to establish control of the race.
Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim delivered a perfectly-judged performance with the #95 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE Pro car The duo did briefly lose the lead to their teammates Alex Lynn and Maxime Martin in the #97 car, who undercut the #95 on an alternative strategy in the second hour, but after that the Danes managed the race and the intermittent rainy conditions perfectly.
Lynn and Martin brought the sister Vantage GTE home in third, marking the first time the car has recorded a double-podium finish in GTE Pro.
It was the fifth win for Thiim and Sorensen, and the third victory for the Vantage GTE in the last six WEC events. It means that the Danes are now second in the GTE Pro drivers' standing, one point off the lead, while Aston Martin is also second in the Manufacturers' Championship with 65 points.
In only the second race since the Vantage GTE became eligible to race in the Am class, TF Sport produced an outstanding performance. Having started from pole position the bright red #90 car led all the way. Salih Yoluc became the first Turkish driver to win a WEC event, while for AMR works drivers Jonny Adam and Charlie Eastwood it was the end of a long wait. TF Sport has finished second four times in the last two seasons prior to this win.
The next round of the FIA WEC takes place at Shanghai, in China, on 10 November 2019.