Aston Martin Racing have confirmed that they will enter two Works LMP1 cars bearing the iconic blue and orange livery of Gulf Oil in the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours.
The British team exceeded all expectations at Le Mans in 2009 by finishing fourth overall, having been quickest of the petrol powered prototypes from start to finish in its maiden LMP1 outing.
In addition, Aston Martin Racing will compete in three races prior to the Le Mans 24 Hours 2010 with one LMP1 car. The races will provide the team with valuable on-track experience prior to Le Mans 2010 and include the first two rounds of the American Le Mans Series 2010 – the 12 hours of Sebring on 20th March and the Long Beach Grand Prix on 17th April and the opening round of the European Le Mans Series 2010 at Paul Ricard in France on 11th April.
Aston Martin Racing drivers, Chris Buncombe (GB), Stefan Mücke (DE), Harold Primat (CH) and Darren Turner (GB) return for the Le Mans 2010 season and will be joined by experienced sports car driver Adrian Fernández (MX).
Fernández is new to Aston Martin but no stranger to sports car racing and the American Le Mans Series having won the LMP2 class outright in 2009.
The team will also compete in selected blue riband races around the world post Le Mans 2010, details of the remaining race programme and sixth driver will be subject to further announcements in the coming weeks.
The LMP1 cars will be powered by the same Aston Martin V12 engine which forms the basis for the Aston Martin DBS, V12 Vantage, DB9 and forthcoming four-door Aston Martin Rapide.
“Having won the Le Mans Series Team and Driver titles in 2009 it will be a hard act to follow,” said Aston Martin Racing Team Principal, George Howard-Chappell. “However, we are looking forward to a great season of racing and we hope to have another strong showing at Le Mans 2010. I’d like to welcome Adrian to the team, I’m sure with his experience he will be a great addition to our driver line-up.”
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