All five of Gulf-liveried Vantage GTEs take part in the official pre-race test session
Le Mans, 9 June 2013 – Aston Martin Racing will embark on its largest and most ambitious 24 Hours of Le Mans campaign today (9 June) as it takes part in the official pre-race test session with all five of its Gulf-liveried Vantage GTEs, the 15 works team drivers competing in the race and a further two reserve drivers.
As Aston Martin celebrates its centenary year its motorsport team, Aston Martin Racing, has entered five cars into the race, which is its largest works team entry to date. The team has its sights set on the podium in both the GTE Pro and GTE Am classes.
John Gaw, Team Principal at Aston Martin Racing comments: “It’s exciting to be back at the Circuit de la Sarthe and we come here in a strong position. The double class win at Silverstone in April followed by our double podium at Spa last month proves that we are very competitive.
“However, there is a lot of work to be done to get the class podiums that we are aiming for. It is extremely competitive and we are sure that the other GTE teams will be well prepared. This test session marks the start of two challenging but exciting weeks for Aston Martin Racing following weeks of preparation back in the UK by our hard-working team.
“Today we will be running a new Le Mans-specific aero package on our cars. We completed a shakedown last week but this will be the first time we will really see how it affects performance. Having this time on track ahead of the 24-hour race is obviously invaluable to us but the test day really is an event in itself – there are thousands of spectators who come here to see the cars that will race in two weeks’ time take to the track. We are proud to be responsible for five of the 56 cars on the grid this year and hope that fans enjoy joining us in what is set to be a fantastic fortnight of motorsport.”
In the first of the two Am cars – the FIA WEC championship-leading #95 – the Danish trio of Allan Simonsen, Kristian Poulsen and Christoffer Nygaard, who enjoyed a class win at the Six Hours of Silverstone and a second place finish at the Six Hours of Spa, will once again come together to prepare for a race-winning challenge. Alongside them Jamie Campbell-Walter (GB), Stuart Hall (GB) and Roald Goethe (D) will complete the test session in the #96 Vantage GTE.
Also testing today will be Aston Martin Racing’s 24 Hours of Le Mans reserve drivers Jonny Adam (GB) and Richie Stanaway (NZ) who, alongside Dalla Lana, must complete ten laps each in order to qualify to take part in the 24-hour race, as they have not raced here before.