Aston Martin gears up for Nurburgring 24 Hours endurance race

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 14, 2012

Aston Martin will gear up for the ultimate endurance race this month – its seventh straight year of participation. Eight Vantage racers will compete at the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours on May 19 to 20. The marque isn’t holding anything back as it will enter four official Aston Martin models, which include a couple of V12-powered Vantage GT3s that are backed by four customer cars.

More than 170 cars will be seen at the 24-hour race, which takes place on the highly challenging 25km circuit that is a combination of the iconic Nordschleife and the modern Grand Prix track. In the past few years, Aston Martin’s efforts have been focused on near production-specification cars since its debut at the Nürburgring24 Hour race in 2006.

For this year, Aston Martin will be represented in the senior SP9 category for FIA-homologated GT3 cars. These two V12 Vantage GT3s will be managed together with its official partner team, Young Driver AMR, which it has worked with for a long time. The drivers of the lead Vantage GT3, which will bear the iconic #007 designation, include Johannes and Ferdinand Stuck (A), the sons of three-time Nürburgring 24 Hour winner Hans-Joachim Stuck, Dennis Rostek (D), and Aston Martin Racing factory driver Darren Turner (GB).

The #006 car will be driven by Turner's regular works team-mate, Stefan Mücke, along with Tomas Enge (CZ), Fredy Barth (CH) and Oliver Mathai (D). Furthermore, Aston Martin's engineering department will come back with the amazing V12 Zagato concept car that debuted at Nürburgring24 Hour in 2011. Those hoping to achieve another incredible race finish are Aston Martin Chief Executive Dr Ulrich Bez (D), Chief Engineer Chris Porritt (GB), Aston Martin Nürburgring Test Centre Director Wolfgang Schuhbauer (D) and celebrated motoring journalist and racer Richard Meaden (GB).

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