- September 06, 1990
- Fia World Endurance Championship
- Aston Martin Racing
Marco Sorensen is a racing driver from Denmark who serves as Aston Martin factory driver since 2015. In that period, he reached the top of the world by winning the FIA World Endurance Championship for GT drivers in 2016, together with compatriot Nicki Thiim.
Before starting sports car racing career, he was relatively successful in open-wheel racing, winning races in GP2 Series, Formula Renault 3.5 Series and other junior single-seater competitions but without championship titles.
Driving go-karts since the age of three
Born in September 1990, Marco made his first kilometers in go-karts very early, at the age of three, entering the karting competitions at the age of eight. He made a step up to formula racing in 2006, entering the Formula Ford, first in Denmark and then internationally in 2007.
The next competitions were the British Formula Ford and ADAC Formel Masters in 2008. He also participated in one round of the Formula Renault Winter Series in Portugal, what led to his next assignment as a Renault development driver in 2009.
Part of the Renault Driver Development Programme in 2009
In 2009, Marco became a part of the Renault Driver Development Programme, together with Davide Valsecchi and Charles Pic. Parallel to Renault's training programme he competed in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup and the Eurocup with Motopark Academy. He finished third in the FR NEC and 15th in the FR Eurocup.
At the end of the year, the programme was shut down due to financial problems and Marco stayed without big manufacturer's support.
In 2010, he participated in just half of the season of the German Formula 3 with Brandl Motorsport. He stayed with the same team in the same competition in 2011, finishing second in the points and losing a title to Richie Stanaway.
Two seasons with Lotus in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series
In 2012, both Sorensen and Stanaway were called by Lotus to drive for the team in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. Sorensen scored his maiden victory in the third round at Spa. Later in the season, he added two more podiums at Nurburgring and Hungaroring, finishing sixth in the points.
One more tough season with Lotus followed in 2013. The highlight of the season was the weekend at Red Bull Ring, where Sorensen won both races from pole position. At the end of the season, he was seventh in the points.
Double formula racing programme in 2014
In 2014, Sorensen stayed in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, moving to Tech 1 Racing, but also made a debut in the GP2 Series with MP Motorsport. In Formula Renault, he reached just one podium to finish 12th in the points. In GP2 Series, he participated in seven rounds and won one race at Sochi, finishing 11th in the points.
For the 2015 GP2 Series season, Sorensen switched to Carlin. He had a plan to spend a full season in GP2 Series but it changed after four rounds in which he scored no points. He left Carlin, left GP2 Series and left open-wheel racing, focusing his career into sports car racing.
Marco joined Aston Martin Racing in 2015
In 2015, parallel to his GP2 Series commitments, Sorensen joined his compatriots Nicki Thiim and Christoffer Nygaard as Aston Martin factory driver in the FIA World Endurance Championship, driving the #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE. Sorensen became the latest on the long list of Danish drivers in Aston Martin Racing's line-up, what was a reason that the #95 car was called the Dane Train.
In his first FIA WEC season, Sorensen scored no wins or podiums. In his debut at 24 Hours of Le Mans, he finished fourth in GTE Pro class.
GT class World endurance champion in 2016
After four FIA WEC podiums, the Danish couple scored their first win at Circuit of the Americas. The second victory came in the season's finale at Bahrain International Circuit and they clinched the FIA WEC title for GT drivers, in front of two AF Corse Ferrari crews.
Just one victory for defending champions in 2017
In 2017, Sorensen and Thim were trying to defend a title in the #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, joined by Richie Stanaway in three races, but they managed to win just one race (Mexico) and finished sixth in the points. At Le Mans, they were 9th in GTE Pro class.
Outside FIA WEC, Marco made a debut at Daytona 24 Hours in January 2017, driving the #98 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 alongside Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, and Mathias Lauda. They finished 12th in GTLM class.
Double GT programme with Aston Martin since 2018
In 2018, Marco Sorensen has a double GT programme with Aston Martin, staying in the #95 car in the FIA World Endurance Championship but also joining TF Sport as a full-time driver of the #17 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in the British GT Championship. His partner in the British championship was Derek Johnston and they finished sixth in the points with one victory. In the FIA WEC superseason, he won just oncem at Shanghai, finishing ninth in the points.
In 2019, he continued with the similar programme, driving the #99 Aston Martin for Beechdean in the British GT Championship and the #95 Aston Martin for AMR in the FIA WEC.