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Aston factory driver Sorensen will make his SUPER GT debut at D'station

2022 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner Sorensen will provide the newest specification Aston Martin Vantage GT3 to D'station managing director/driver Tomonobu Fujii within the GT300 class of the Japanese series, ranging from the season opener at OKakama in April.

The Danish driver will mix his newly announced commitments with the LMGT3 campaign within the World Endurance Championship, where he has been designated as a D'station skilled driver for 2024.

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It was announced that he could be included in D'station's WEC squad early last month, when he signed a brand new contract with Aston Martin with a view to competing within the Hypercar class in 2025 within the half-baked Valkyrie LMH.

It is probably going that Sorensen will give method to the WEC when the series clashes with SUPER GT in two different situations, nonetheless no official word has been received from him, D'station of Aston.

“For me, competing in SUPER GT is a dream come true,” he said. “I really like Japan. I even have competed in races everywhere in the world, but I’m looking forward to a brand new challenge in Japan. The recent GT3 has taken a decisive step forward by way of performance.

“I'm looking forward to racing with Fujii San, who has SUPER GT experience, and the D'station Racing crew to get the results they deserve. I'm sure we can do great things together. Race fans in Japan always give me a warm welcome too, so I'm looking forward to my first race in Okamama.”

#33 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage AmR LMGTE Am by Marco Sorensen

Photo: Marc Fleury

#33 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage AmR LMGTE Am by Marco Sorensen

Sorensen's entry into SUPER GT coincides with D'station's return to SUPER GT after a three-year hiatus. The Japanese team last competed within the championship in 2020 with Pacific Racing before focusing its efforts on the WEC with a GTE version of the Vantage.

D'station signaled an official return to the category in October, with Fujii revealing that she had been approached by an existing team, paving the best way for a return to SUPER GT.

At the time, it was unclear whether he would give you the chance to secure a spot in the brand new LMGT3 division of the WEC, because the LMGT3 producers had to pick out a partner team, leaving the entry process to D'station.

D'station has not announced the 2 drivers who will partner Sorensen within the WEC, but Fujii – who has spent the last three years with the team in GTE Am – will team up with the 33-year-old in SUPER GT.

Fujii has been absent from his country's premier racing championship since his team's withdrawal at the tip of the 2020 season. Without D'station, Aston Martin can also be left and not using a presence in SUPER GT.

However, the British manufacturer will now return to the championship with the Evo Vantage GT3 version and can provide the team with factory support.

Dunlop will likely be the official tire supplier for D'station, a departure from the team's previous stint in GT300 between 2017 and 2020. The team spent the primary three seasons racing on Yokohama tires before moving to Michelin for what turned out to be its final season in 2020.

Adam Carter, Head of Motorsport at Aston Martin, said: “We are delighted to see our partner team D'station Racing bring Aston Martin's wings back to the Japanese Super GT Championship.

“D'station Racing has achieved more domestic success in Japan with Aston Martin than some other team, so we’re proud that they’re selecting the brand new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 to return to the GT300 class of Japan's most prestigious GT series.

“The new Vantage GT car is a clear step forward in terms of performance, and with the strong driver line-up the team will have in Tomonobu-san and Marco, we can't wait to see what can be achieved in such a significant race in the series.”

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