Gaydon 29 July 2011. Aston Martin Racing will continue to compete in the remaining three rounds of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC), reverting to last year’s V12-engined DBR1-2 LMP1 race car while the new AMR-One programme continues to undergo review.
In addition to the ILMC races at Silverstone (UK) on 11 September, Petit Le Mans (USA), 1 October and Zhuhai (China) on 13 November, the team will also compete at Laguna Seca, part of the American Le Mans Series, on 17 September. Aston Martin Racing is currently preparing a DBR1-2 chassis, which will continue to run in its familiar Gulf livery, and will test in August. The driver line-up for the single car entry will include experienced factory drivers; Adrian Fernandez (MX) and Harold Primat (CH).
The DBR1-2 features Aston Martin’s famous 6.0 litre V12 engine housed in a closed cockpit car. The LMP1 machine has already amassed a series of impressive finishes including a fourth place finish at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 2009 being the fastest petrol car in the field. It then went on to sweep the entire podium at the Nürburgring 1000 KM. The car also won outright the second round of the Asian Le Mans Series and secured overall team and driver titles in the European Le Mans Series after finishing on the podium in all five of the Series races in 2009.
In 2010, Aston Martin Racing competed in three races with the DBR1-2 prior to achieving sixth place at the Le Mans 24 Hours. The team achieved a podium finish in every one, third at Sebring, second at Long Beach and Paul Ricard.