Aston Martin will make its first bid for overall honours at the Nurburgring 24 Hours since 2018 this year with a factory-supported assault with TF Sport.
Works drivers Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen and Maxime Martin will share a TF-run Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in the German classic on May 28-29 together with track record holder David Pittard, who is racing for the factory-run NorthWest AMR squad in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The campaign in the top SP9 class, which will incorporate three warm-up races, will be the first time the Vantage GT3 has competed in the event and comes four years after Aston claimed its best result in the event with a V12 Vantage GT3 shared by Thiim, Sorensen, Martin and Darren Turner.
Aston Martin Racing is expanding its partnership with the British TF squad run by Tom Ferrier, which has a long history with the British manufacturer.
It finished runner-up in the WEC GTE Am standings in the 2019-20 and 2021 seasons with the Vantage GTE and also has notched up successes in the GT3 arena with Aston, including winning the 2016 British GT Championship title.
Huw Tasker, head of AMR partner racing, said: “Whenever an Aston Martin has competed in the top class of the Nurburgring 24 Hours it has proven to be a competitive force, and this time around we have a world class GT3 contender in the Vantage, proven winners in TF Sport running the car and a squad of champions driving it.
“This is arguably the best chance yet for Vantage to secure a maiden podium in the world’s toughest GT race and thus establish it as an excellent choice for potential partners looking to succeed on the Nordschleife in future.”
Aston’s 2022 Nurburgring campaign follows a one-off by the full-factory AMR squad at last year’s penultimate round of the NLS (Nurburgring Endurance Series), which yielded victory for Thiim and Martin.
TF will begin its maiden Nurburgring campaign at this Saturday’s second event on the 2022 NLS schedule and then compete in another of the four-hour races on April 23.
The team will also contest the qualifying event for the 24 Hours, which is made up of two three-hour races, on May 7-8.
Thiim, Sorensen and Pittard will share the TF Aston this weekend, with Martin replacing Thiim for the car’s second NLS appearance later this month.
Two more Aston factory drivers, Charlie Eastwood and Valentin Hasse-Clot, will step in for the qualifying races in May because the regular drivers are unavailable. Thiim, Sorensen and Pittard will all be racing in the WEC at Spa that weekend.
The TF Aston will race on Michelin tyres for its Nurburgring campaign.