Andrew Watson embarks on the next chapter in his career as the 24-year-old signs with Aston Martin Racing to become one of the British brand’s AMR Juniors - a role that will see him represent Aston Martin and become a mentor for AMR’s Academy Drivers.
Aston Martin Racing has relaunched their AMR Driver Academy with the fresh initiative aiming to fast track talent like Andrew into factory status in the years to come - with Andrew being selected as one of only two AMR Juniors.
The path will see Andrew land on the second step to becoming a factory driver, with the hierarchy of the Aston Martin programme going from Academy Driver to Junior Driver to Factory Driver.
Andrew’s role as an AMR Junior will see Andrew become a reserve for the Factory Professionals, a mentor for the twenty-three Academy Drivers and play a vital role in the development and testing of new race cars.
The BRDC Rising Star’s CV speaks for itself having raced GT cars for almost ten years and having previously been a member of the McLaren GT Academy. Andrew’s 2018 season was one of his most impressive years to date as the Northern Irish driver picked up his first overall podium in the Blancpain GT Series and took class pole at the Spa 24 Hours.
Looking ahead to his new journey with Aston Martin Racing, Andrew is proud to be joining the ranks and hopes to make the transition through to factory driver with AMR.
“To sign with Aston Martin Racing as an AMR Junior is a hugely proud moment for me and a massive step in my career.”
“Aston Martin Racing is a hugely distinguished and globally recognisable brand within the sport. They have huge ambitions, much the same as myself as a young driver, and I am massively excited by what lies ahead and am looking forward to building a strong relationship with AMR into the future.”
“To be chosen as one of only two AMR Juniors is an honour and to be able to assist the Academy Drivers is special and I hope to be a great mentor to them all. I’m really delighted to be flying the flag for Aston Martin Racing and the opportunity to help the team with the car development is extremely unique and one I’m really excited for.”
Andrew’s full 2019 racing plans will be revealed on Monday (1st April).