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Aston Martin WEC chief hails ‘outstanding team effort’ after COTA GTE sweep

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Aston Martin Racing chief Paul Howarth hailed an “outstanding team effort” after the British marque dominated both of the GTE classes during Saturday’s FIA World Endurance Championship round at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

The Danish duo of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen converted GTE Pro pole into their first victory of the season behind the wheel of the No. 95 V8 Vantage GTE, finishing 11 seconds clear of the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 in second place.

The result saw Thiim and Sørensen extend their lead at the top of the World Endurance Cup for GT Drivers standings, now enjoying a 12-point advantage over Sam Bird and Davide Rigon.

In GTE Am, the No. 98 V8 Vantage shared by Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda also converted pole into class victory with a crushing display that saw the trio finish over a minute clear of the field.

“Without a doubt this has been one of the most outstanding team efforts,” Howarth said after the race.

“Every member of the team and all of our partners came to COTA fully committed to win against some of the strongest opposition in motorsport 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.”

The next round of the FIA WEC season takes place on October 16 at Fuji Speedway in Japan.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”