Team Highlight & 2012 Plans:
One of the world’s most prestigious marques, Aston Martin won the RAC Tourist Trophy at Silverstone in 2005 before embarking on its first Le Mans with the DBR9. After a titanic battle from pole position, the car took its first podium. It was on the podium again at Le Mans in 2006 - having led through the night and at one point held an astonishing fifth overall. There are never any guarantees at the world's toughest endurance race though, and the lead car was hit by clutch trouble just hours from the finish.
Aston Martin also enjoyed its full season debut in 2006 in the ALMS Championship with drivers Tomas Enge, Pedro Lamy, Stephane Sarrazin and Darren Turner. The team won five out of 10 races and narrowly missed out on the championship title.
In 2007, for the first time since 1959, Aston Martin triumphed at Le Mans. The winning Aston Martin Racing with InterContinental Hotels & Resorts DBR9 – numbered 009 – was driven to GT1 class victory and a remarkable fifth overall by David Brabham, Rickard Rydell and Darren Turner after 24 hours of non-stop competition, characterised by changeable conditions and several safety car periods.
Aston Martin Racing returned to Le Mans in 2008 with the 009 DBR9 of David Brabham, Antonio Garcia and Darren Turner claiming another GT1 win in the distinctive blue and orange livery of Gulf Oil.
In 2009, the team achieved a fourth place finish at Le Mans in 2009 with a new LMP1 race car. Half a century after the Aston Martin’s celebrated victory in the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours with the DBR1, the Aston Martin LMP1 was the fastest petrol car in the field. It then went on to sweep the entire podium at the Nurburgring 1000Km and win outright the second round of the Asian Le Mans Series and secure overall team and driver titles in the European Le Mans Series after finishing on the podium in all five of the Series races.
In 2010, Aston Martin Racing competed in three races prior to the Le Mans 24 Hours with its LMP1 car. Achieving a podium in every one, third at Sebring, second at Long Beach and Paul Ricard, the LMP1 held its own against the factory diesels. At Le Mans, the team achieved sixth place overall and went on to win the championship.
The following year, Aston Martin Racing continued to compete internationally in the LMP1 category, winning the American Le Mans Series qualifier at Laguna Seca and scoring third overall at Petit Le Mans, the penultimate round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.
For 2012, Aston Martin Racing returns to GT motorsport with the Vantage GTE in the newly formed FIA World Endurance Championship, which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where Aston Martin Racing will field a second works GTE racer.