Aston Martin Racing came away from the 84th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours leading the FIA World Endurance Championship GT Manufacturer’s title.
After running a near-faultless race, both the #95 and #97 GTE Pro entries finished in fifth and sixth place respectively.
We continue to fight for wins and the outright titleTeam boss Paul Howarth
With the team focused on ensuring a safe and steady pace throughout the early stages of the race and throughout the night, each of the entries were tasked to make progress at dawn.
The #95 Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GTE, driven by Nicki Thiim, Marco Sørensen and Darren Turner finished fifth, having given a spirited fight to its rivals and stayed in podium contention through the night. But Turner suffered a right rear puncture in the 20th hour, caused by debris.
Turner said: “That’s probably been one of the most straightforward races for the team. The car has run like clockwork all the way through. The only drama was a late puncture.
“The guys have done a great job with the strategy and the mechanics have been amazing in the pitstops. I’m just very proud that both GTE Pro cars have made it to the finish.
“As you can see from qualifying and the earlier part of the week, there was certainly a gap in performance between ourselves and the turbocharged entries and this still showed through in the race. It’s a real shame as the crowd were robbed of a wheel-to-wheel race with all of the cars involved rather than just two.”
The #97 GTE Pro entry, driven by Richie Stanaway, Fernando Rees and Jonny Adam, executed the strategy to perfection to finish sixth.
The result brings vital points in the title fight and provides the team with a nine-point lead in the FIA WEC Endurance Cup for GT Manufacturers.
Aston Martin Racing also starred in GTE Am with the #98 V8 Vantage GTE of Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy leading into the night before eventually retiring with a mechanical failure close to the finish.
Team boss Paul Howarth added: “We’re delighted with the result and to be able to walk away leading the GT Manufacturer’s Championship has met our objectives.
“Le Mans has offered us all of the challenges we expected. We knew we’d be facing some very strong opposition and we knew what we had to do to resolve this.
“We continue to fight for wins and the outright title. It’s a shame for our #98 Am entry but I’m confident they will bounce back.”