Aston Martin Racing to compete in Spa 24

Aston Martin Racing to compete at Proximus 24 Hours of Spa Following four class podiums by the DBR9 this year, including two class wins, Aston Martin Racing has confirmed the continuation of their testing and development programme by ...

Aston Martin Racing to compete at Proximus 24 Hours of Spa

Following four class podiums by the DBR9 this year, including two class wins, Aston Martin Racing has confirmed the continuation of their testing and development programme by announcing their appearance at the Proximus 24- hours of Spa next month.

Aston Martin Racing will field one DBR9 at the Spa test day on 12th July, with both of the team cars competing in the 24-hour endurance race that follows on 30th-31st July.

Team Principal, George Howard-Chappell said: "We've always said that 2005 is a test and development year for us. We have enjoyed encouraging results in our opening three races, but we recognise there is still much to do to make the DBR9 a car capable of consistently winning races. Spa will give us an ideal opportunity to build on our promising start."

Driving Aston Martin Racing's two DBR9 entries are, in car 28: David Brabham (Australia), Stephane Sarrazin (France) and Darren Turner (UK). Car 29 will be driven by Peter Kox (Netherlands), Pedro Lamy (Portugal) and making his Aston Martin debut, Marc Goossens (Belgium).

George Howard-Chappell added: "Marc (Goossens) adds to our pool of talented sportscar drivers. His experience at Spa particularly will be a major benefit to the team as we look to increase the competitiveness of the DBR9."

Belgium-born Goossens, who will be making his fourth consecutive appearance at the 24 hours of Spa said: "I'm really looking forward to Spa as it is one of my home races and will be a special occasion. I'm delighted to be joining such a world class team - the opportunity to race with a marque such as Aston Martin doesn't come along every day."

"I am very positive about the DBR9 - I think the car will suit the Spa circuit and I look forward to racing with a team of drivers with such experience."

Aston Martin has a lengthy association with the Spa 24-hour race, including a surprise victory in 1948, when the Two Litre Sports driven by Sir John Horsfall and Leslie Johnson achieved an outright victory. The marque's last Spa appearance came in 1989 with the AMR1.

The Proximus 24 Hours of Spa is scheduled to start at 4pm CET on Saturday 30th July.

-www.astonmartinracing.com

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Darren Turner , Marc Goossens , Stéphane Sarrazin , Pedro Lamy , Peter Kox , George Howard-Chappell
Teams Aston Martin Racing