Poor season ends on a positive note

The Aston Martin team celebrate their success
The Aston Martin team celebrate their success

Aston Martin have won the GTE Am class and taken third in GTE Pro as the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship reached its climax under the Bahraini floodlights.

The #98 V8 Vantage GTE Am, piloted by Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda, started the race from pole for the Banbury team.

We achieved the maximum that we could

Team boss John Gaw

Thanks to a faultless and consistent race, Lauda brought the car to the chequered flag in first, securing the team’s third place finish in the driver’s championship and a 23rd win overall in FIA WEC for Aston Martin Racing; more than any other manufacturer.

With the Balance of Performance returned to levels prior to Le Mans, the GTE Pro cars were once again able to battle competitively in their class throughout the championship finale.

The #97 V8 Vantage GTE of Chacombe driver Darren Turner and Jonny Adam closed the season with third in the GTE Pro class, after single stinting throughout the six hours.

Turner said: “After the year we have had it was so good to get onto the podium; it actually felt more like a win. It’s always good to end the season on a high, especially for the crew of #97 who have worked so hard this year.”

Team boss John Gaw said: “We achieved the maximum that we could and stepping on to the podium in the Pro class and taking the Am win was incredibly satisfying.

“The season was disappointing overall and has been really tough for Aston Martin Racing.

“The car was competitive in the first three races and here too, but there were four races where we couldn’t compete for the championship.”