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Aston Martin Racing is a British auto racing team established in 2004 as a partnership between automobile manufacturer Aston Martin and engineering group Prodrive. The partnership was initially created for the purpose of returning Aston Martin to sports car racing with the DBR9, a heavily modified variant of the Aston Martin DB9. Since the DBR9's racing debut in 2005, Aston Martin Racing has expanded to build a variety of cars available to customers, as well as development of Aston Martin's V12 engine for Le Mans Prototype use. Aston Martin Racing's program has earned several successes over the years.

United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing
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Founded2004
Team principal(s)Paul Howarth[1]
Current seriesFIA World Endurance Championship
Former seriesAmerican Le Mans Series, Le Mans Series, GT4 European Cup
Noted driversNicki Thiim, Darren Turner, Jonathan Adam, Marco Sørensen, Alex Lynn, Maxime Martin
Aston Martin Racing's DBR9 which won the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans LMGT1 Class
Sponsored by Gulf Oil, one of Aston Martin Racing's 2008 DBR9
An Aston Martin-powered Lola B08/60 run by Charouz Racing System and backed by Aston Martin Racing
The new Aston Martin Vantage AMR which competes in the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship

Although all cars are built by Prodrive at their factory, Aston Martin plays an integral part in designing the race cars, as well as integrating elements of the race cars back into Aston Martin's road cars.

On 23 April 2009, Aston Martin chairman and Prodrive founder David Richards announced his intent to return to Formula One in 2010 with the possibility of using the Aston Martin name,[2] however this never materialised. Aston Martin had previously raced in the 1959 and 1960 Formula One seasons but failed to score points in either year.

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CarsEdit

Aston Martin Racing builds cars for international grand tourer classes. The team itself run a squad of DBR9s in the former top class, GT1, while other cars were offered to customers. The GTE class (formerly GT2) became their next target after the failure of the 2011 season, and the car is based on the V8 Vantage. The V8 Vantage is also featured in GT3 and GT4 classes. Before GT3 Vantage was introduced the DBRS9 was also solely racing in GT3.

In 2008, Aston Martin Racing began their entry into the Le Mans Prototype category with the aid of Charouz Racing System, installing a DBR9 V12 into a Lola B08/60 LMP1 prototype.

On 27 January 2009, the team announced a full works entry in the Le Mans Prototype category for the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans[3] with the Lola-Aston Martin B09/60. The entry marks the 50th anniversary of its last outright win at Le Mans. The 2009 programme got off to an unfortunate start at the pre season Paul Ricard test on 8 March when Tomáš Enge destroyed the 007 car in an accident. Aston Martin Racing subsequently took delivery of a new Lola to replace the written off chassis.[4] The team entered two LMP1 cars bearing the iconic blue and orange livery of Gulf Oil. The aim was to emulate the achievements of the 1959 race win with the DBR1 driven by Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori. At Le Mans the AMR Eastern Europe 007 car of Jan Charouz, Tomáš Enge and Stefan Mücke finished fourth behind the factory entries of Peugeot and Audi, as well as being the highest finishing petrol-fuelled car. The 008 car was running as high as 3rd overall in the morning until Anthony Davidson had a collision with a GT1 Aston. Subsequent repairs and a 5-minute stop and go penalty—for causing the collision—dropped the car out of contention. The 009 car was retired after 252 laps.

Three cars were also entered in the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans, although only the 007 and 009 cars were run by Aston Martin Racing; the 008 car was run by the French team Signature-Plus. Both the 008 and 009 cars suffered from problems and had to be retired, leaving only the 007 to finish 6th overall and completing 365 laps, less than it did in 2009.

In 2011 the B09/60 was succeeded by the Aston Martin AMR-One, powered by a downsized, 2.0 litre turbocharged straight six petrol engine. Initially, the car was running very poorly. In its first racing event, the 2011 6 Hours of Castellet, it was only as fast as some of the LMP2 cars in qualifying and was plagued with mechanical issues. It completed only 96 laps. They then decided not to race it in the rounds of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup leading up to Le Mans so they can continue private testing with the troubled car in order to sort out the mechanical issues. So around came Le Mans and despite the testing and extra car, they were still lapping in the middle of the LMP2 pack in qualifying and in the race it was much a much worse scenario. Car #009 retired after only two laps around the Circuit de la Sarthe and car #007 retired two laps later on lap four. Both cars completed a combined six laps at the 79th Grand Prix of Endurance. After this shocking result, the team raced the old B09/60 for the remainder of the season although a much downgraded version in order to comply with the new 2011 regulations.

For 2012, Aston Martin Racing returned to GT racing with the V8 Vantage GT2. They entered two cars at the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans with one in the LMGTE-Pro class and one in the LMGTE-Am class. They also had a third Vantage in the GTE-Pro class as a reserve entrant. One of the existing AMR-One's has been sold to Pescarolo Sport who are set to compete with that car and naming it the Pescarolo 03. They will use an engine from Judd Power rather than the Aston Martin powerplant. The other AMR-One has formed the base for the new DeltaWing project which debuted at Le Mans in 2012 with Highcroft Racing. The DeltaWing uses the AMR-One's carbon fibre tub.

In 2013 to celebrate the centenary of the marque, the team will be entering two 2013 specification Aston Martin Vantage GTE's in the LMGTE PRO class and two 2012 specification Vantage GTE's in LMGTE AM.[5] The team will also compete in the full season of the FIA World Endurance Championship with the same cars.[6] Ex-Formula 1 driver Bruno Senna will join the team for the season[7] in the one of the GTE Pro cars partnered by Frédéric Makowiecki and Robert Bell. The main GTE Pro car will feature AMR regulars Darren Turner and Stefan Mücke and will be joined by Peter Dumbreck for the 24 hours of Le Mans and the Six hours of Spa-Franchorchamps.

On the 21st November 2017 Aston Martin revealed the new Vantage: a dynamic successor to the biggest-selling road car in the British marque's history. This evening, in an unprecedented synchronised launch, Aston Martin Racing revealed the new 2018 Vantage GTE: the spectacular new FIA World Endurance Championship challenger poised to replace the team's most successful competition car of all-time, the multiple Le Mans-winning V8 Vantage GTE. Aston Martin Racing has confirmed it will race two brand new Vantage GTEs in the GTE Pro category of the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Super Season.

ResultsEdit

Since the team's debut at the 2005 12 Hours of Sebring, Aston Martin Racing has earned several important victories in their career. Their very first race actually earned them their first victory, defeating the Corvette Racing squad at Sebring. The RAC Tourist Trophy was also won later that year.

For 2006, Aston Martin Racing entered the full American Le Mans Series season, earning five victories including the Petit Le Mans, and finishing second in the GT1 championship, three points shy of Corvette Racing. In 2007, Aston Martin earned their first victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since the company's overall win in 1959 by overcoming the Corvette squad. This feat was repeated once more in 2008 in GT1, while the team also had involvement in the Lola B08/60 LMP1 Coupe run under the Charouz Racing banner

For 2009 Aston Martin Racing entered two of their new prototypes along with Aston Martin Racing Eastern Europe which completed the works trio of DBR1-2 or Lola-Aston Martin B09/60. The teams greatest success with the new prototype came with the 2009 Le Mans Series (LMS) where in the first round in Barcelona the team won the 1000 km de Catalunya outright and with a string of podiums and a 1-2-3 sweep of the ADAC 1000 km Nürburgring and a podium at the Autosport 1000 km of Silverstone sealed the 2009 drivers title for 007 and Jan Charouz, Tomáš Enge, Stefan Mucke and the constructors title for Aston Martin-LOLA as well as the team title for Aston Martin Racing.

Since 2012 Aston Martin Racing has been racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship with the Aston Martin Vantage GTE, earning them several wins and titles. During the inaugural season of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2012 Aston Martin Racing finished runner-up in the LMGTE Pro Trophy. In 2014 they won the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Am Teams and Drivers with Danish duo Kristian Poulsen and David Heinemeier Hansson. During the season they also won the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMGTE Am category. In 2016 Aston Martin Racing managed to take the crown in the World Endurance Cup for GT Drivers with Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen. They also won the LMGTE Pro Teams’ championship. The 2017 season saw them win both the Drivers’ and Teams’ Championship in the GTE Am category. In June 2017 Aston Martin Racing also won the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans in GTE Pro with Darren Turner, Jonathan Adam and Daniel Serra driving the winning Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

 
An Aston Martin Vantage GTE running in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Entrant No Car Drivers Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2005   Aston Martin Racing 58 Aston Martin DBR9   Peter Kox
  Pedro Lamy
  Tomáš Enge
GT1 327 DNF DNF
59 Aston Martin DBR9   David Brabham
  Stéphane Sarrazin
  Darren Turner
GT1 333 9th 3rd
2006   Aston Martin Racing 007 Aston Martin DBR9   Darren Turner
  Tomáš Enge
  Andrea Piccini
GT1 350 6th 2nd
009 Aston Martin DBR9   Pedro Lamy
  Stéphane Sarrazin
  Stéphane Ortelli
GT1 342 10th 5th
2007   Aston Martin Racing 007 Aston Martin DBR9   Johnny Herbert
  Peter Kox
  Tomáš Enge
GT1 337 9th 4th
009 Aston Martin DBR9   David Brabham
  Darren Turner
  Rickard Rydell
GT1 343 5th 1st
  Aston Martin Racing Larbre 006 Aston Martin DBR9   Patrick Bornhauser
  Roland Bervillé
  Gregor Fisken
GT1 272 29th 13th
008 Aston Martin DBR9   Christophe Bouchut
  Fabrizio Gollin
  Casper Elgaard
GT1 341 7th 3rd
  Aston Martin Racing BMS 100 Aston Martin DBR9   Fabio Babini
  Jamie Davies
  Matteo Malucelli
GT1 336 11th 6th
2008   Charouz Racing System
  Aston Martin Racing
10 Lola B08/60-Aston Martin   Jan Charouz
  Tomáš Enge
  Stefan Mücke
LMP1 354 9th 9th
  Aston Martin Racing 007 Aston Martin DBR9   Heinz-Harald Frentzen
  Andrea Piccini
  Karl Wendlinger
GT1 339 16th 4th
009 Aston Martin DBR9   David Brabham
  Antonio García
  Darren Turner
GT1 344 13th 1st
2009   AMR Eastern Europe 007 Lola-Aston Martin B09/60   Jan Charouz
  Tomáš Enge
  Stefan Mücke
LMP1 373 4th 4th
  Aston Martin Racing 008 Lola-Aston Martin B09/60   Anthony Davidson
  Darren Turner
  Jos Verstappen
LMP1 342 13th 11th
009 Lola-Aston Martin B09/60   Stuart Hall
  Harold Primat
  Peter Kox
LMP1 252 DNF DNF
2010   Aston Martin Racing 007 Lola-Aston Martin B09/60   Harold Primat
  Stefan Mücke
  Adrián Fernández
LMP1 365 6th 5th
009 Lola-Aston Martin B09/60   Darren Turner
  Juan Barazi
  Sam Hancock
LMP1 368 DNF DNF
  Signature-Plus 008 Lola-Aston Martin B09/60   Pierre Ragues
  Franck Mailleux
  Vanina Ickx
LMP1 302 DNF DNF
  Young Driver AMR 52 Aston Martin DBR9   Tomáš Enge
  Christoffer Nygaard
  Peter Kox
LMGT1 311 22nd 3rd
2011   Aston Martin Racing 007 Aston Martin AMR-One   Stefan Mücke
  Darren Turner
  Christian Klien
LMP1 4 DNF DNF
009 Aston Martin AMR-One   Harold Primat
  Adrián Fernández
  Andy Meyrick
LMP1 2 DNF DNF
2012   Aston Martin Racing 97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Stefan Mücke
  Adrián Fernández
  Darren Turner
LMGTE Pro 332 19th 3rd
99 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Christoffer Nygaard
  Kristian Poulsen
  Allan Simonsen
LMGTE Am 31 DNF DNF
2013   Aston Martin Racing 95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Allan Simonsen
  Kristian Poulsen
  Christoffer Nygaard
LMGTE Am 2 DNF DNF
96 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Roald Goethe
  Jamie Campbell-Walter
  Stuart Hall
LMGTE Am 301 30th 6th
97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Darren Turner
  Peter Dumbreck
  Stefan Mücke
LMGTE Pro 314 17th 3rd
98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Paul Dalla Lana
  Bill Auberlen
  Pedro Lamy
LMGTE Pro 221 DNF DNF
99 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Bruno Senna
  Frédéric Makowiecki
  Rob Bell
LMGTE Pro 248 DNF DNF
2014   Aston Martin Racing 95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   David Heinemeier Hansson
  Kristian Poulsen
  Nicki Thiim
LMGTE Am 334 19th 1st
97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Darren Turner
  Stefan Mücke
  Bruno Senna
LMGTE Pro 310 35th 6th
98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Paul Dalla Lana
  Pedro Lamy
  Christoffer Nygaard
LMGTE Am 329 26th 6th
99 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Darryl O'Young
  Alex MacDowall
  Fernando Rees
LMGTE Pro - WD WD
2015   Aston Martin Racing 95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Christoffer Nygaard
  Nicki Thiim
  Marco Sørensen
LMGTE Pro 330 27th 4th
96 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Roald Goethe
  Stuart Hall
  Francesco Castellacci
LMGTE Am 187 DNF DNF
97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Darren Turner
  Stefan Mücke
  Rob Bell
LMGTE Pro 110 DNF DNF
98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Paul Dalla Lana
  Pedro Lamy
  Mathias Lauda
LMGTE Am 321 NC NC
  Aston Martin Racing V8 99 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Fernando Rees
  Alex MacDowall
  Richie Stanaway
LMGTE Pro 320 34th 6th
2016   Aston Martin Racing 95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Nicki Thiim
  Marco Sørensen
  Darren Turner
LMGTE Pro 338 23rd 5th
97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Fernando Rees
  Jonathan Adam
  Richie Stanaway
LMGTE Pro 337 24th 6th
98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Paul Dalla Lana
  Pedro Lamy
  Mathias Lauda
LMGTE Am 281 DNF DNF
99 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Andrew Howard
  Liam Griffin
  Gary Hirsch
LMGTE Am 318 36th 7th
2017   Aston Martin Racing 95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Nicki Thiim
  Marco Sørensen
  Richie Stanaway
LMGTE Pro 334 26th 9th
97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Darren Turner
  Jonathan Adam
  Daniel Serra
LMGTE Pro 340 18th 1st
98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Paul Dalla Lana
  Mathias Lauda
  Pedro Lamy
LMGTE Am 329 37th 8th
2018   Aston Martin Racing 95 Aston Martin Vantage AMR   Nicki Thiim
  Marco Sørensen
  Darren Turner
LMGTE Pro 339 23rd 8th
97 Aston Martin Vantage AMR   Alex Lynn
  Jonathan Adam
  Maxime Martin
LMGTE Pro 327 37th 13th
98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE   Paul Dalla Lana
  Mathias Lauda
  Pedro Lamy
LMGTE Am 92 DNF DNF

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Adams, David (2018). "Key Team Members". Aston Martin Racing. Retrieved 5 April 2019. Paul Howarth Team Principal
  2. ^ "Richards keen on Formula One return". BBC News. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Aston Martin to challenge for overall Le Mans win". Aston Martin. 27 January 2009. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  4. ^ "What economic downturn? Aston Martin unveils new supercar". PopSci.com.au. 30 January 2009. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2009.
  5. ^ "2013 24 Hours of Le Mans Entry List". 4 February 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Aston Martin Racing Unveil Strong WEC Line-Up - 24 Hours of Le Mans, American Le Mans Series, FIA WEC - The Checkered Flag". Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Bruno Senna Hunting Race Wins With Aston Martin Racing Move - 24 Hours of Le Mans, FIA WEC - The Checkered Flag". Retrieved 27 March 2017.

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