Aston Martin has confirmed its manufacturer entry for the 2020 Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli (IGTC) starting this weekend from February 1. This is the first time in the series’ history that the British sportscar manufacturer will compete for overall honours in the highest level of GT3 competition.
What is more interesting for sportscar enthusiasts is that Aston Martin Racing will debut its new Vantage GT3s on the Mount Panorama circuit in New South Wales. Aston Martin will be represented in the first round by four such Vantage GT3s, with two each entered by the brand’s old partner teams R-Motorsport and Garage 59.
Spearheading this weekend’s challenge for overall victory at Bathurst is Aston Martin’s old partner R-Motorsport, which has entered two Aston Martin Vantage GT3 cars in the top Pro category with an all-star driver line-up. British driver Jake Dennis returns to the scene of an event he starred in 12 months ago when he finished a close runner-up.
Returning to the Intercontinental GT Challenge for its first full season is Garage 59, which impressed in its debut year as an Aston Martin Racing partner team, finishing runner-up in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Am class and winning the Paul Ricard (F) round. This year the team competes in the IGTC Pro-Am class with Alexander West (SWE), Chris Goodwin (GB) and Come Ledogar (F).
David King, President of Aston Martin Racing said: “This is Aston Martin Racing’s boldest attack on the Bathurst 12 Hours, a race that showcases the very best of what international GT3 racing has to offer. We have full confidence that the combination of our two partner teams R-Motorsport and Garage 59, and the growing competitiveness of the Aston Martin Vantage GT3, will provide a fierce challenge for honours in Australia. This line-up, and the quality of our partners, represents the perfect time to commit to the overall Manufacturers’ Championship for the first time."
The Intercontinental GT Challenge is comprised of five stand-alone high-profile endurance events through the year, beginning with the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hours this weekend in Australia, and then the Total 24 Hours of Spa (BEL) on 23-26 July, the Suzuka 10 Hours (J) on 21-23 August, the Indianapolis 8 Hours (US) on 2-4 October and culminating with the Kyalami 9 Hours (SA) on 19-21 November.