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Aston Martin Racing 

Aston Martin Racing was founded in 2004 specifically to design, build and race production-based sports cars in events and championships around the world. The team's first race was the opening round of the American Le Mans Series at Sebring in 2005, where it scored a spectacular GT1 class victory. 2012 saw the team finish 2nd in the inaugural 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship and it has its sights set firmly on winning the title in 2013.

 

 

Team Information

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.

In 2012, Aston Martin Racing returned to top flight GT racing with its new V8 Vantage GTE and V12 Vantage GT3 cars. The decision was fuelled by a desire for Aston Martin to compete against its peers - Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Corvette, Bentley, McLaren and Dodge; with a car based on a road going product. The team finished 2nd in the inaugural 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship and has its sights set firmly on winning the title in 2013.

2014 Season

Races:

• 6 Hours of Silverstone
• 6 Hours of Spa−Francorchamps
• 24 Heures du Mans
• 6 Hours of Sao Paulo
• 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas
• 6 Hours of Fuji
• 6 Hours of Shanghai
• 6 Hours of Bahrain

Location:

Banbury, UK

Contact:

Tel: +44(0)1295 754004
ENQUIRIES@ASTONMARTINRACING.COM

 

Driver Profiles

Richard Abra:

Born: 12 October 1988 - Milton Keynes
Nationality: British
Lives: Milton Keynes
Helmet: Orange and White
Career highlight: 2012 Silverstone 24hour overall winners. Blancpain Silverstone PRO-AM 2nd place finish.

Jonny Adam:

Born: Kirkcaldy
Nationality: British
Lives: Camberley
Helmet: White & Blue 
Category: British GT / Blancpain Endurance Series (Beechdean AMR)
Career highlight: Taking the first ever victory for the GT3 Aston Martin Vantage at (Nurburgring British GT 2012) and doing the Le Mans test 2013 with Aston Martin Racing

Paul Dalla Lana:

Born: 1 February 1966 Vancouver, Canada
Nationality: Canadian
Lives: Toronto, Canada
Helmet: Black with blue, white, orange, green, yellow and pink stripes
Category: PRO
Career highlight: Paul became the first Grand Am driver to win two races in one day, 5 March 2011, at Homestead-Miami Speedway

David Heinemeier Hannson :

Born: Copenhagen, Denmark
Nationality: Danish
Lives: Chicago/Malibu/Marbella
Helmet: Black carbon
Career highlight: 2nd LMP2 Le Mans & WEC Championship 2013, 2 LMP2 wins in ALMS 2012

Pedro Lamy:

Born: 20 March 1972 Alenquer, Portugal
Natio nality: Portuguese
Lives:Lisbon, Portugal
Helmet: Blue, pink and white
Category: PRO
Career highlight: 2nd 2011 Le Mans 24 hours with Team Peugeot Total

Alex MacDowall:

Born: Carlisle, England
Nationality: British
Lives: Carlisle
Helmet: Blue, silver and orange
Career highlight: 2009 Clio cup vice champion, youngest driver in the history of the BTCC to qualify on pole. Macau GP winner. 2013 WTCC vice independents champion.

STEFAN MÜCKE:

Born: 22 November 1981 Berlin, Germany
Nationality: German
Lives: Berlin, Germany
Helmet: Orange, blue and white
Category: PRO
Career highlight: 2009 Le Mans Series Champion with AMR

CHRISTOFFER NYGAARD:

Born: 24 March 1986 Gentofte, Denmark
Nationality: Danish
Lives: Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
Helmet: Red and white
Category: AM

Darryl O'Young:

Born: Vancouver, B.C, Canada
Nationality: Hong Kong
Lives: Hong Kong, China
Helmet: Blue and Yellow
Career Highlight: 2nd 2014 GTE-AM Le Mans 24, 3 time Macau GP winner, 2 time Bathurst 12hr winner, 2 time Carrera Cup Asia Champion.

KRISTIAN POULSON:

Born: 18 November 1975 Flensburg, Denmark
Nationality: Danish
Helmet: Red and white
Category: AM

Fernando Rees:

Born: São Paulo, Brazil
Nationality: Brazilian
Lives: São Paulo, Brazil
Helmet: Chrome, Blue, Red
Career highlight: 2012 FIA WEC LMGTE Am Champion for Larbre Compétition / Corvette; 2010 European Le Mans Series GT1 Champion for Larbre Compétition / Saleen

Bruno Senna:

Born: 15 October 1983 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Nationality: Brazilian
Lives: Monaco
Helmet: Yellow, blue and green
Category: PRO
Career highlight: Scoring 31 points in 2012 Formula 1 World Championship

RICHIE STANAWAY:

Born: 24 November 1991, Rotorua, New Zealand
Nationality: New Zealander
Lives: Oxford, England
Helmet: Orange, black and silver
Category: PRO
Career highlight: 2011 German Formula 3 title

NICKI THIIM:

Born: April 17, 1989
Nationality: Danish
Lives: Germany
Helmet: Blue, black, yellow, red
Category: AM
Career highlights: Danish karting champion. Formula Ford Scandinavia champion, Seat Supercopa Germany champion, Nürburgring 24 Hours winner.

Darren Turner:

Born: 13 April 1974 Camberley, England
Nationality: British
Lives: Banbury, England
Helmet: Black, blue and red
Category: PRO
Career highlight: Le Mans 2007 and 2008 winning GT1 in an Aston Martin DBR9

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