EU3: Dubai: Hexis Racing AMR 2009 season preview

The HEXIS Racing team was founded during the 2001/2002 winter by Michel Mateu, CEO of HEXIS Group. This company is based in the South of France (Herault) and specialised in the manufacturing of PVC films meant for long- term communication (indoor...

The HEXIS Racing team was founded during the 2001/2002 winter by Michel Mateu, CEO of HEXIS Group. This company is based in the South of France (Herault) and specialised in the manufacturing of PVC films meant for long- term communication (indoor and outdoor), as well as formats for digital imaging.

The young team started with racing in the Formula Renault 2.0 French Championship. At that time, their current managers Clement Mateu and Philippe Dumas were part of the driver line-up. From the first event at Nogaro, Philippe Dumas offered HEXIS Racing their first pole position and their first podium finish.

In 2005, while they were doing one of their best seasons in Formula Renault, finished 3rd of the "Teams" championship, the team added another string to their bow by purchasing a Porsche 996 Cup and entering the FFSA GT French Cup from May.

The following year, still with the Porsche, the Julien/Manu Rodrigues crew got the silver medal in that same championship, after having run the title until the final event.

The 2006/2007 closed season represented a hinge. HEXIS Racing went from Porsche to Aston Martin. They purchased two new DBRS9 with the view of taking part in both the French (FFSA) and European (FIA) GT3 championships. Considered as the future of Grand Tourism, the GT3 category indeed proved to be very competitive and attracted prestigious manufacturers, such as Ferrari, Porsche, Dodge, Corvette, Lamborghini, Morgan, Ascari and Ford.

Quickly, HEXIS Racing turned out to be equal, and took a maiden podium finish and two pole positions in the European concert. In the French Championship, they scored two victories as well as a third place in the "Teams" Championship.

2008: a step is cleared

Work, experience and strengthening of the close ties with Aston Martin Racing proved fruitful in 2008: HEXIS Racing, who purchased a third DBRS9, had a string of convincing results and medals at the end of the season.

3rd of the ADAC GT Masters' Teams championship (Germany) and FIA GT3 Teams and Drivers European Vice-Champions, HEXIS Racing reached a genuine international dimension.

2008 Significant Facts:

- HEXIS Racing were FIA GT3 Teams European Vice-Champions, after having set the fastest time in free practice seven times, six front row qualifications (of which two pole positions), thirteen point finishes (of which five podium finishes: four times second and one overall victory).

- Rookie drivers Pierre-Brice Mena and Thomas Accary were FIA GT3 European Vice-Champions after having been in contention for the title until the last lap of the final race. HEXIS Racing placed two crews in the final Top 10.

- Nine times out of eleven in the FIA GT3 European Championship, the best placed Aston Martin always was a car hoisting the colours of HEXIS Racing. The three involved crews all experienced that honour at least once, and finished at the first three spots of the Aston Martin Manufacturers Cup.

- Making their first appearance in the ADAC GT Masters (Germany), HEXIS Racing got five podium finishes of which one victory two pole positions and a third place in the Teams placings.

- Within two seasons, HEXIS Racing made their Aston Martin DBRS9 win in France, Germany and FIA GT3. They also hoisted themselves on the final podium of those three championships.

The HEXIS Racing AMR Team in 2009

In 2009, HEXIS Racing's international entrant licence has the name of HEXIS Racing AMR, illustrating then the quality partnership developed for 2 years with Aston Martin Racing.

2009 Programme:

The season will be centred around the FIA GT3 European Championship. Nonetheless, HEXIS Racing are currently completing agreements with the view of taking part in a second championship as well as different endurance events.

The Structure:

HEXIS Racing AMR's infrastructures are based on the Nîmes-Ledenon Circuit (South of France). More than 400m" of workshops allow to ensure both the maintenance and development of the Aston Martins. Furthermore, the team have at their disposal offices and a conference room on the spot, so as to organise seminars and VIP days for sponsors (a 200m" room).

The Cars:

Fully complying with the FIA GT3 regulations, the Aston Martin DBRS9 belongs to this new generation of cars that appeared at the beginning of 2006 with the launch of the FIA GT3 European Championship. It was developed by Aston Martin Racing / Prodrive in England.

Aston Martin DBRS9, main technical characteristics:

- Longitudinal V12 engine, 5935 cc, 48 valves, more than 500 horsepower
- Maximum revs 6900 rpm
- Sequential 6 speed-gearbox
- Carbon bodywork
- Weight: 1280 kg


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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Thomas Accary , Pierre-Brice Mena , Philippe Dumas
Teams Aston Martin Racing