TUDOR Championship: Aston Martin confirms Sebring entry

The No. 98 Aston Martin GTLM team competes at the 2015 24 Hours of Daytona.

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While having exited the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship following last year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, Aston Martin Racing has been confirmed to continue its 2015 Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup campaign next month at Sebring.

The British squad’s No. 98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, which has been entered for the March 21 race, will feature a relatively unchanged lineup from Daytona, with both Paul Dalla Lana and Darren Turner already confirmed.

The duo will be joined by a combination of the remainder of its Daytona driving squad: Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Stefan Muecke, as only up to only four drivers are allowed per car in the 12-hour race.

“I wasn’t expecting to head back to the U.S. until the Austin round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in September, but I’ve been called up to drive the No. 98 Aston Martin Vantage at Sebring, with the same crew from Daytona,” Turner said in his column on Motorsport Magazine.

“I’m very excited about this as Sebring is one of my top three racing circuits in the world (alongside the Nordschleife and Dijon). It’s also where Aston Martin Racing took its first win with the DBR9 back in 2005 so I have a lot of good memories.”

Early race clutch issues for the car at Daytona resulted in a lengthy trip to the garage and put the No. 98 Aston out of contention in the GT Le Mans class, although it did end finishing sixth in class due to the category’s high rate of attrition.