Aston Martin make a good start to the new season

Darren Turner on his way to fifth place at Silverstone NNL-150414-122625002
Darren Turner on his way to fifth place at Silverstone NNL-150414-122625002

Aston Martin Racing won the GTE Am class of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Six Hours of Silverstone on Sunday but narrowly missed out on a podium position in GTE Pro.

The #98 Vantage GTE of Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda stormed to class victory after qualifying on pole for the championship’s season-opener.

The trio of GTE Pro cars, which started from first, second and third on the grid, all had a great opening stint but a full course yellow gifted competitors a pit-stop advantage that couldn’t be made up by AMR throughout the six-hour endurance race.

The #95 finished in fourth, the #97 in fifth and the #99 in sixth in GTE Pro and the #96 finished in fourth in GTE Am.

AMR team boss John Gaw said: “It’s the perfect start to their championship campaign. We have some work to do to achieve our objectives in the Pro class , our focus will remain undiminished and we’ll be ready for Spa in three weeks time.”

The WEC Six Hours of Spa takes place next month at the world-famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

Darren Turner and his German team-mate Stefan Mucke bagged ten points after bringing the #97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE home in fifth place in the opening round.