Baku, December 19, AZERTAC
Aston Martin has announced that ex-BMW DTM driver Maxime Martin will complete its FIA World Endurance Championship line-up for the 2018/19 season, according to motorsport.com.
It was confirmed last week that the 31-year-old Belgian would leave DTM as well as BMW after spending four years in the German touring car series.
Martin, an established sportscar racer prior to his DTM tenure, will tackle his first full season in WEC.
He said a desire to return to GT racing and leave the German-based DTM for the more "international" WEC were the main reasons for making the switch.
Martin, a BMW factory driver since 2013, revealed that there were discussions to join the Bavarian brand's newly-launched GTE programme next year, but only part-time with DTM remaining the focus.
"There have been discussions, I would have done some races with BMW in GTE but my main programme would have been the DTM," Martin explained.
For 2018, Aston Martin has introduced a new-generation Vantage GTE, but Martin doesn't expect the newness of the car, which he will first test in January, to jeopardise the start of the team's campaign.
"It is a new car but I think they have proven in the past that they always build cars which were quick, reliable, cars that won races," he said. "I'm pretty convinced the car will be competitive and reliable.
"When you build a new car, in development you always have problems, issues but this is part of the development.
"Every car at the start of development have also some problems so yeah at the end I am convinced that we will have a good package."
Martin is the final driver to be announced in Aston Martin's six-driver squad, joining Alex Lynn, Darren Turner, Jonathan Adam, Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen. The exact line-ups are yet to be confirmed.
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