Andrew Watson is set for the title-deciding round of the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance series at Circuit Paul Ricard, with top honours in the Silver Cup yet to be settled.
Following a highly successful season to date with a second-place finish at the opening round in Imola and class victory at the Nürburgring, Andrew and his Garage 59 team mate, Valentin Hasse-Clot, enter the final round at Le Castellet third in the championship standings - just 17 points behind the leading Barwell Motorsport team.
Andrew and the team led the Silver Cup for much of the season until a tricky race at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, which saw them suffer an unfortunate DNF, dropped them to third place.
Together, the Garage 59 trio of Andrew, Hasse-Clot and James Pull will take on the 1000km event at the Paul Ricard circuit in Southern France at the wheel of the #159 Aston Martin Vantage GT3.
Andrew has enjoyed success at the circuit in the past when the Northern Irishman claimed a front-row start and a third-place finish around the 3.598-mile track at the 2018 edition of the race.
In order to concentrate on his Silver Cup title efforts, Andrew will not be present at the World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain.
With 11 Silver Cup entries for the race, there’ll be a fierce battle in store for the team and Andrew is excited to get the challenge underway.
“I’m looking forward to ending the year on a high,” Andrew said. “As a team we’ve worked incredibly hard all season and our results reflect that. There’s a lot on offer this weekend so we’ll be giving it absolutely everything out on track and aim to come away with another strong result to add to that list. I’d love to reward the team for all their efforts this season in the best way possible.”
The weekend begins with Free Practice at 08:00 local time on Saturday morning, followed by Pre-Qualifying in the afternoon at 13:15. Qualifying itself takes place later on Saturday from 17:20 local time. The green flag will fly for the race start at 11:45 on Sunday morning.
Image courtesy of Garage 59.