Reigning GT Sportscars World Champions, Nicki Thiim og Marco Sørensen, will be attending CHGP on August 5th and 6th and they will bring their winning car, the Aston Martin Vantage GTE.
By winning the last World Championship race of the 2016-season in Bahrain the two Danish Aston Martin pilots won the title as World Champions in the FIA World Endurance GT Championship. The victory for Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen was the second in a season of nine races and resulted in the couple not only winning the individual Championship but also in their team, Young Driver AMR (Aston Martin Racing), winning the same title at the team Championship.
Along with CHGP-ambassador Tom Kristensen and several other professional race drivers, Nicky Thiim and Marco Sørensen will put a spark to the historic motorsport event this summer. Each year, the large number of racing stars attracts lots of visitors to the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix. This pleases the organisation behind the CHGP, which continues to work intensively to create an international racetrack, where the audience and racing fans can celebrate, experience and pay tribute to the many motorsports World- and European Champions we have in Denmark, up close and personal.
Besides experiencing the Danish World Champions at the traditional Royal Pro/Am, which will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, guests at the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix will have the opportunity to examine the winning Aston Martin Vantage GTE bearing starting number #95. In collaboration with Aston Martin, the Oil producer TOTAL will exhibit a show model at their stand next to Aston Martin where popular street models from the British sportscar brand can be experiences. During the weekend, the two Danish drivers will be giving autographs at the stand in front of their winning car.
The Aston Martin Vantage GTE is based on the street model V8 Vantage. The racecar uses the same aluminium chassis and the engine, cylinder heads and crankshaft are also identical. At first glance the pure racecar looks a lot like its more comfortable brother from the street, but upon closer inspection it is clear that a lot has been done in order to optimize aerodynamics.
In the GTE Pro class of the FIA World Endurance Championship the minimum weight is 1.245 kg, which is around 400 kg less than the street model. Significant weight has been shaved off the bodywork, where several of the car’s panels are made of the lightweight material carbon fiber. In the cockpit weight has been reduced by removing modern commodities, like the electric leather seats, infotainment system, rugs and noise reduction. The strength comes from a lighhtweight V8 engine and close to 500-horsepower depending of the size of the aspiration hole. The gearbox is of the sequential kind with six steps, where the drivers shift gears via two changing panels behind the steering wheel.
Aston Martin Copenhagen also brings a catcher to the CHGP consisting of the brand new Aston Martin DB11. The spectacular GT racecar will work as safetycar throughout the weekend. A suitable leading role to the beautiful Grand Tourer with the seductive bodywork and the 600-horsepower V12 engine.
Besides the Royal Pro/Am, the race program at Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix includes a total of five historic race classes, the eye catching and entertaining Legend Cars as well as the modern MASCOT DTC-series (Danish Thundersport Championship).