The Prodrive developed Aston Martin Vantage GTE claimed another famous victory as Aston Martin Racing partner team, TF Sport, conquered the GTE-Am class at the 90th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend. The victory, in a year featuring a record-equalling 23-car GTE-Am entry, marks a second in three years at Le Mans for TF Sport following its class success in 2020.
The winning crew of Ben Keating (USA), double FIA GT world champion Marco Sørensen (DEN) and Henrique Chaves (POR) – all first-time victors at Le Mans – steered the #33 Vantage home with a performance that was close to perfection. The result lifts Keating, Sørensen and the TF Sport team into the class lead in the FIA World Endurance Championship [WEC] standings.
The Prodrive-run NorthWest AMR team completed a strong weekend performance for Aston Martin by finishing third. 2017 FIA WEC GTE-Am champion Paul Dalla Lana (CDN) and his NorthWest AMR team-mates Nicki Thiim (DEN) and Le Mans rookie David Pittard (GBR) in the #98 Vantage, had led this year’s class standings ahead of Le Mans having set the pace in both the opening rounds – the 1000 Miles of Sebring in the US and the 6 Hours of Spa.
The event marked the fifth year of the Vantage GTE’s participation at Le Mans, and the 1-3 result, in the wake of the double GTE-Pro and Am victory in 2020, is the car’s third GTE-Am win.