Matthieu Vaxivière has been confirmed as one of the drivers of R-Motorsport for the upcoming Blancpain GT Series season. The French driver, who left single-seaters last year and moved to WEC, will drive an Aston Martin on his debut season and will keep racing in the World Endurance Championship.
Blancpain GT Series team R-Motorsport Aston Martin has confirmed that French driver Matthieu Vaxivière will join the team for the upcoming season, his first one on the series. His team mates will be Alex Brundle, Jake Dennis, Maxime Martin, Nicki Thiim and another driver to be confirmed.
The 23-year old Frenchman left single-seater competitions in 2017 after three years in Formula V8 3.5, where he won five races and ended second on the final standings in 2015. Last year he joined WEC with TDS, where he drove an LMP2 car and ended the first round of the season on the podium. In 2018, despite his confirmation as a Blancpain driver, he will stay at TDS for the WEC season.
Despite having left single-seaters, he did, in 2017, two rounds of the GP3 Series season on which he drove for DAMS replacing Santino Ferrucci, who got promoted to F2.
“I’m really looking forward to start working for this fantastic project,” said Vaxiviere. “Not only does Aston Martin have a very rich racing history, I have also been given the opportunity to defend this brand alongside top drivers in a top team. I would like to thank Dr Kamelger and Dr Baenziger (team co-owners) for their trust. But also, the people behind Jota and Arden for giving me this amazing opportunity. I will give everything I have got. This year will be extremely competitive and exciting and I hope to be successful for many seasons to come.”
The 2018 Blancpain GT Series season will begin the 7th and 8th of April in Zolder, Belgium.