This weekend not only marks the 60th anniversary of the 12 Hours of Sebring and the new-for-2012 FIA World Endurance Championship, but it also marks the debut of Aston Martin’s new V8-powered Vantage GTE racer.
“Everyone in the team is eager to get back into competition,” said John Gaw, Managing Director and Team Principal of Aston Martin Racing, in a press release. “Indeed, many were at Sebring when Aston Martin Racing won on its debut with the DBR9 back in 2005. The GTE category is highly competitive and with over 20 cars on the grid at Sebring and many top class manufacturers it is going to be a terrific fight.”
The GTE class is true stock car racing: the Vantage GTE shares its bonded aluminum structure, and basic engine and suspension designs as the road-going Aston Martin Vantage V8. Aston Martin Racing has been busy putting the new Vantage GTE through its paces preparing for Saturday’s event. Drivers Darren Turner (GBR), Stefan Mücke (D) and Adrian Fernandez (MX) spent three days at Road Atlanta getting familiar with the new car. The Vantage GTE is painted in Gulf Oil livery.
“We’ve just completed a very positive three-day test at Road Atlanta with the new Vantage GTE,” said Darren Turner, in a press release. “I think everyone has been pleasantly surprised with initial performance and reliability, which bodes well for Sebring and the season ahead.”
“The car ran really well in testing and we all have a good feeling with it,” said Stefan Mücke, in a press release. “I’m looking forward to returning to Sebring.”
“The Sebring race is always a special event for me and to compete in the 60th anniversary running makes it even more special,” said Adrian Fernandez, in a press release. “I have logged thousands of miles here over the years so I know this circuit well. I am also really optimistic after our test at Road Atlanta last week.”
Source: Aston Martin