Aston Martin Racing is setting its sights on podium finishes at the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend in both the GTE Pro and GTE Am classes with two Aston Martin Vantage GTEs.
The lead Vantage GTE – entered into the GTE Pro category – will be piloted by works drivers Darren Turner (GB), Stefan Mücke (Germany) and Adrian Fernandez (Mexico), while Aston Martin Racing's long-established partner team Young Driver AMR will join forces with the factory outfit to run the second car in the GTE Am class.
Aston Martin Racing said that both cars, number 97 and 99, 'performed competitively and reliably at the official pre-event test session last week'.
John Gaw, Aston Martin Racing Team Principal, said: "Preparation is key to success in an endurance race and we are very happy with the session we had at the Circuit de la Sarthe last Sunday. We focused on making sure the cars are easy and comfortable to drive to reduce the scope for driving errors.
Aston Martin Racing's return to the GT category at Le Mans is its first since its back-to-back class victories in 2007 and 2008 with the V12-powered DBR9.
And as a mark of respect for the late Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori, who both passed away in recent weeks, both Vantage GTEs will display commemorative plaques. The two drivers raced the Aston Martin DBR1 to victory at Le Mans in 1959.