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Aston Martin to compete on home turf at Silverstone Gaydon, 31 August 2010. Aston Martin Racing will be heading to the home of British motorsport on 11/12 September for the final battle of the season against the Le Mans Series contenders...

Aston Martin to compete on home turf at Silverstone

Gaydon, 31 August 2010. Aston Martin Racing will be heading to the home of British motorsport on 11/12 September for the final battle of the season against the Le Mans Series contenders in the Autosport 1000kms of Silverstone.

The final race will present a thrilling finale to the Le Mans Series with Aston Martin Racing competing two Gulf-liveried LMP1 cars with the famous start numbers 007 and 009.

Driving the 007 car will be factory drivers, Adrian Fernandez (MX), Harold Primat (CH) and newly-signed Andy Meyrick (GB). Sam Hancock (GB) and Juan Barazi (DK) will partner to pilot the 009 car.

Meyrick, who competed in the LMP2 class at this year's Le Mans 24 hours said: "It's a real privilege to be a British driver competing with Aston Martin at our home circuit. The car has proven to be competitive as it's performed well in the earlier 2010 Le Mans Series races. I have two great team mates in Adrian and Harold, so overall I'm hoping for a good result."

George Howard-Chappell, Team Principal for Aston Martin Racing said: "It's always good to return to Silverstone -- our home race. The fan support is outstanding and we expect six hours of extremely tough competition.

"Andy has fitted in well with the crew and existing drivers during testing, and has got to grips with the LMP1 car. I am pleased to welcome him to the team."

The Autosport 1000kms will also see Aston Martin official partner teams contesting the annual endurance test with Signature Racing in the LMP1 class, and JMW Motorsport with their Vantage in the GT2 class.

Team Signature has everything to play for, currently lying just two points behind the series leader. A successful race could see the French team echo last year's factory Le Mans Series overall win.

The Autosport 1000kms of Silverstone qualifying session starts at 13:10 on Saturday 11 September with the race commencing at 11:55 on the Sunday.

At 10.30, after the first practice on Saturday, Aston Martin will be hosting a media breakfast for anyone with media accreditation in the Aston Martin Racing hospitality unit where George and the drivers will be available for interview.

-source: aston martin

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