Aston Martin has “postponed development” of its plans to run its Valkyrie hypercar in the World Endurance Championship.
Multimatic, which produces the chassis for Aston Martin, and R-Motorsport, which previously ran the company’s DTM campaign, had been engaged to enter two Valkyries each in the 2020-21 WEC season, due to begin in August at Silverstone.
“With such momentous change taking place in sportscar racing, the decision to pause our entry into the WEC Hypercar class gives us the time and breathing space to calmly assess the status of the top level of the sport, and our place within it,” said the president of Aston Martin Racing, David King.
The announcement follows Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll’s purchase of a 20% equity stake in the luxury car manufacturer last month. Racing Point is to become a factory-backed Aston Martin F1 project next year.
Red Bull, who assisted in the development of the Valkyrie, demonstrated the car’s performance for the first time yesterday with F1 drivers Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon at the wheel at Silverstone. The car had previously made lower speed demonstration runs, including at last year’s British Grand Prix.
The news is a further blow to the WEC following the introduction of its new technical regulations for next season. Last week Rebellion, who were due to co-operate with Peugeot on their return to the championship in 2022, announced they will withdraw from motorsport following this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
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