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Marco Sorensen announced with Aston Martin for WEC campaign

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After three years in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and half a season in GP2, it appears the 24 year old Danish racer Marco Sorensen is broadening his horizons as he was announced this morning as the third driver of the semi famous "Dane train" Aston Martin Racing entry in the World Endurance Championship.

The move for Sorensen to partner fellow Danes Nicki Thiim and Christoffer Nygaard in the #95 Aston Martin Racing entry coincides with the teams move into the GTE Pro class of the WEC, after dominating the GTE Am category last year. Sorensen brings the blistering pace of a GP2 race winner and Lotus F1 test driver, alongside personal sponsorship from Danish investment specialists Saxo Bank.

Sorensen commented on the news " I’m happy to start with Young Driver AMR and Aston Martin Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship and I’m very thankful to Jan Struve of Young Driver AMR and Saxo Bank, who made this possible. My goal is still to race in Formula 1, but it will not harm my ambitions if I gain experience in other classes. Racing single seaters and GT cars with Aston Martin will only help me to become a complete driver. I followed sportscar racing and especially the 24 hours of Le Mans in the past years and I’m really looking forward to my first start at Le Mans."

Co-driver Nicki Thiim added his thoughts on the move up to the GTE Pro category for this year "I’m excited to start in the GTE Pro class this season. The competition in the Pro class is thrilling and challenging. For a driver, this will be big fun and I’m looking forward to this season. It’s great that Marco Sørensen will join the team. I know him very well from the days when we both went karting and I’m very confident we will form a strong team."

Fellow co-driver Christoffer Nygaard added his take also " Moving up to the Pro class is a big challenge. I’m happy and proud that I will a part of the team, as it’s the dream and the goal of every GT driver to race in the GTE Pro class. Nicki already proved several times in the previous season, that the Young Driver AMR-Aston Martin can race at the front of the GT car in the WEC, so I’m really looking forward to the start of the season."

It seems Sorensen is hoping to combine his WEC campaign with Aston Martin with another year in single seater racing, as he states his main ambition is still to reach F1. It seems likely Sorensen will therefore try and find a full season drive in GP2 this year, after a successful half season last year. It's unclear which of his commitments would take priority should he find another drive in GP2,although it's clear this is his first step to deviating from the F1 path to pursue a professional career in motorsport.

Also thanks to DailySportscar for additional info and quotes related to this article.

What are your thoughts on Marco Sorensen's latest career move? Please feel free to comment below.
It's a great move for Sorensen, but the driver I'm happiest for is Nicki Thiim.

Given that he was thrust into the spotlight in the wake of two horrible accidents in 2013 - first, being named Allan Simonsen's immediate replacement in the Dane Train, and second, becoming the Porsche Supercup champion after Sean Edwards' death - he has absolutely excelled since his "arrival" in the WEC. Seeing the Dane Train win GTE-AM last year was extremely satisfying, and Nicki's superb driving really carried them to that success.
Aero to mechanical grip is probably less of an issue than mechanical to aero. I'm sure he must feel bored in the car...like Lewis Hamilton racing the TopGear road car in Star in a Reasonably Priced Car act :D
I think this will be a great combination of drivers.
The GTE Pro category a is very competitive class and my instinct tell me that this could be his first step away from a possibly F1 future to the FIA World Endurance Championship future, which I personally prefer to watch.