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Christopher Bruce2012-06-01 19:13:06

Aston Martin Racing Festival Brings Modern GTs Back for Race

Aston Martin has had significant racing success with the Vantage- and DBR9-based race cars

Thirty of Aston Martin'sAston MartinAston MartinUnited Kingdom, 1914 > present62 models
1938 photos
24 videos
modern but mostly no longer used racing cars will race around the Le Mans Le Sarthe circuit on the morning of the 24 hour race. 

The field will be made up of three DBR9 GT1DBR9Aston Martin DBR9United Kingdom, 2005 > present6 photos
cars, three Vantage GT2sV8 Vantage GT2Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2United Kingdom, 2008 > present5 photos
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, two V12 Vantage GT3sV12 Vantage GT3Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3United Kingdom, 2011 > present3 photos
, four DBRS9 GT3DBRS9Aston Martin DBRS9United Kingdom, 2005 > present4 photos
cars, 17 Vantage GT4sVantage GT4Aston Martin Vantage GT4United Kingdom, 2009 > 20101 photo
and the V12 ZagatoV12 ZagatoAston Martin V12 ZagatoUnited Kingdom, 2011 > present19 photos
1 video
that took second in its class at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. It will be a 45-minute timed race around the entire 8.5-mile long course. 

“I’m convinced that the inaugural Aston Martin Festival of Le Mans will generate real excitement among the tens of thousands of devoted motorsport fans who make the annual pilgrimage to this amazing endurance event," said David King, Head of Motorsport at Aston Martin. 

The cars entered have a great racing pedigree. The DBR9 GT1 won its class at Le Mans in 2007 and 2008.The rest of the cars have competed in American Le Mans, FIA GT1, GT3 and GT4. The cars will be campaigned by a variety of teams including Gulf Racing and the factory Aston Martin Racing Team. Aston Martin Chairman David Richards will driver one of the Vantage GT4s. 

There will be a one hour practice session on Wednesday and one hour of qualifying on Thursday.

Aston Martin has two Vantage GTEsVantage GTEAston Martin Vantage GTEUnited Kingdom, 2012 > present4 photos
1 video
entered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

Source: Aston Martin Racing

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Maximum power
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