After five years with BMW and four seasons with the manufacturer in DTM, Maxime Martin has jumped ship to Aston Martin for the WEC superseason.
The 31-year-old Belgian, whose father is four-time Spa 24 Hours winner, Jean-Michel Martin, made his Le Mans 24 Hours debut in 2011, finishing seventh overall.
“It’s a new challenge for me and also a big change, but I feel that this is the right moment to make this move, especially with the race debut of the new Vantage GTE.
“I have competed at Le Mans three times before, but to come back again next year as an official Aston Martin Racing driver is an amazing feeling. I very much hope we can look forward to a lot of success together.”
Aston Martin GTE testing begins in the New Year.
M-Sport: 2017 WRC success ‘will not be repeated’
After Sébastien Ogier took the drivers’ championship and M-Sport made it a double with the WRC constructors’ title, boss Malcolm Wilson has played down hopes of the same in 2018.
“It must be said that we will never replicate what we did this year,” he said.
Rally GB winner Elfyn Evans agreed, and added that beating Ogier is a “very tough ask.”