French team Hexis Racing will enter a pair of Aston Martin DBRS9 in 2007

Hexis Racing is to take delivery of two brand new GT3-specification Aston Martin DBRS9 Prodrive at the beginning of December. The cars will be used in the French GT3 Championship, one of them by French GT Cup runner-ups Julien and Manu Rodrigues. The other seat is still available. The team is also showing interest in taking part in selected international events, such as the Spa 24-hour race.

The French squad, based at the Ledenon racetrack, made its GT debuts in 2005, campaigning a Porsche 996 Cup in the French FFSA GT Cup (equivalent of GTC in the British GT Championship). In 2006, Julien and Manu Rodrigues finished at the runner-up spot. They fought for the title until the very last round. Hexis Racing also competed in the GT Masters that took place at Pau in June. In this event, which gathered French and British GT competitors, the Rodrigues duo finished 10th and 8th overall in a 30-car field, taking Class 1 honours in Race 2.

"We will have a Prodrive engineer working with us in pre season tests, and we expect to develop the car together during the season" said Team-Manager Philippe Dumas.

The team also announced that it will stop its involvement in Formula Renault 2.0 in order to concentrate on this ambitious GT program.

The DBRS9 model has been successful in the inaugural European FIA GT3 championship, taking a one-two at Oschersleben and ending the season with a pair of podium finishes at Dijon.

Technical specifications: V12 engine, 5935cc, 48 valves, 500bhp +, max engine rpm 6900, 6-speed sequential transaxle, carbon composite body panels, 1280 kg...