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Watson aiming high in Euro quest after team's Aston Martin switch

 

Andrew Watson
Andrew Watson

By Sammy Hamill

Andrew Watson is rejoining the Garage 59 team for this season's Blancpain European GT Endurance Championship, but he will be on board an Aston Martin and not the McLarens he has driven for the past three years.

Along with fellow Ulsterman Charlie Eastwood, Watson was selected last week as an Aston Martin Racing Junior, a prestigious role which will see him directly involved with the iconic British manufacturer.

But the 24-year-old from Donaghmore will be back in familiar surroundings with Garage 59, a team he has regularly raced with in recent times but which is ending the McLaren association to switch to Aston Martin.

He will team up with AMR factory driver Jonny Adam, a Le Mans winner, and Frenchman Come Ledogar, the 2016 Blancpain champion, to contest this year's European series which begins at Monza on April 14.

They will also contest the Intercontinental GT Challenge which will see Watson race at Suzuka in Japan and Kyalami in South Africa.

"With myself, Come and Jonny we've got a really quick line-up, and the Vantage GT3 has already shown how competitive it can be," said Watson, whose growing reputation has seen him drafted into McLaren satellite teams for races as far away as China and Australia.

"The Garage 59 team have great experience in the Blancpain GT series, so I think in general we've got a great package for the season and should be fighting at the top."

Fellow AMR Junior Eastwood will be in the Blancpain Championship too, in addition to competing in the World Endurance Championship with rival Aston Martin team TF Sports.

The Garage 59 team take their name from the race number of the McLaren F1 GTR that won the Le Mans 24-hour race outright in 1995.

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