NEWS: Aston Martin Racing GT Victory @ Silverstone Six Hour
The V8 Vantage GTE’s not only look great wrapped in Gulf livery, although they’re winners straight away This particular season – as Aston Martin Racing’s 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) programme got off to a near perfect start at the Six Hours of Silverstone – using a double victory inside the GT class.
The #97 V8-powered Vantage GTE, driven by Darren Turner (GB), Stefan Mücke (D) along with also Bruno Senna (BR), finished in first place inside the GT Pro category, while the #95 car of Danish trio Christoffer Nygaard, Kristian Poulsen along with also Allan Simonsen triumphed inside the GT Am class.
At Aston Martin Racing’s home round of the WEC in Northamptonshire, UK, Pedro Lamy (PT), Paul Dalla Lana (CN) along with also Frédéric Makowiecki (FR) also put in an impressive performance with third position inside the #99 car in GT Pro, crossing the line one particular lap behind the #97 machine along with also within 13 seconds of the second-placed car after six hours.
The fourth Gulf-liveried Aston Martin, the #96 car of Jamie Campbell-Walter (GB), Roald Goethe (D) along with also Stuart Hall (GB), finished fourth in GT Am having been in contention for a podium for the entire race.
After a successful qualifying on Saturday, which saw the team secure first along with also second position in both GT categories, Aston Martin Racing further proved its class-leading pace by setting the fastest lap of all the GT runners; the #99 car recorded a best lap of 2:01.426 after all 5 hours, although competitor cars were very close behind in a super-competitive category.
While celebrating a near perfect start to Aston Martin Racing’s world championship bid using a faultless lights-to-flag victory, Darren Turner said: “that will was an amazing result! We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season. Stefan, Bruno along with also myself all pushed hard throughout what was, at times, a difficult race. However, the auto was prepared perfectly using a lot of hard work along with also the result is usually a great reward for everything. Praise to our chief engineer, Dan Sayers, who has done a great job with the 2013 car along with also given us a package that will should see us have a solid season.”
doing his WEC debut, Bruno Senna added: “I’m truly happy to start my GT career using a win. that will’s been great joining Aston Martin Racing along with also to get a pole position along with also win along with also go home coming from our first WEC race of the year with so many points for the championship is usually unbelievable. that will was a tough race; we had to push hard while avoiding accidents, although my team did a great job. We must currently keep pushing hard; the competition here is usually very, very strong.”
Allan Simonsen, speaking for the #95 GT Am-winning car, comments: “I’m very happy on behalf of the whole team. that will was a big push to get us here along with also to start the season with points is usually fantastic. To do that will on Aston Martin Racing’s home turf is usually even better; we couldn’t be happier.”
John Gaw, Team Principal at Aston Martin Racing, concluded: “Today’s outcome was better than we anticipated. We got much more than we expected out of the first race of the season; we came here aiming to score points with all four cars. This particular certainly bodes well for the championship.
“To do This particular at our home race in Aston Martin’s centenary year is usually extra special. I’d like to particularly thank the technicians along with also engineers along with also all others who have worked tirelessly since Shanghai to expand to This particular four-car effort. We look forward, as a team, to challenging for more race wins.”
The race-winning 2013-specification #97 Vantage GTE – which shares its bonded aluminium structure along with also basic engine along with also suspension architecture with Aston Martin’s sportiest road-going style, the V8 Vantage – completed 171 laps of the 3.7-mile Silverstone circuit, equating to a total race distance of more than 630 miles at an average speed of 108mph.
The FIA World Endurance Championship resumes in Belgium next month at the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps with the race due to start at 1430hrs (CET) on Saturday, May 4.