Aston Martin: Successful Start to Season for Aston Martin at the Nürburgring

Saturday, April 02, 2011

• Two class wins and a second place for Aston Martin at the first VLN race of the year
• V12 Vantage; “Kermit“ and “Woody“ first and second in SP8 class
• Customer team Mathol Racing fastest in SP10 Class

Frankfurt am Main / Nürburgring, 2. April 2011. Aston Martin started this year’s VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft 2011 on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife with two class wins and a second place.

The factory V12 Vantage, effectionately known as “Kermit“ took top honours in the SP8 class with drivers Chris Porritt, Richard Meaden and Oliver Mathai. Directly behind, the other factory V12 Vantage, “Woody“ was brought home in second place driven by Wolfgang Schuhbauer and Peter Cate. Overall, the cars finished from a starting grid of 165 cars in 22nd and 29th place.

David King, Director of Motorsport at Aston Martin, pleased with the race result, said: “We have been very successful here today with all our cars seamlessly starting 2011 after last year’s successes. In the first race of the season, we are aiming to warm up for the annual highlight; the 24 Hours in June.

“We have been undertaking some modifications over the winter months in particular relation to aerodynamics, chassis and tyres. We therefore wanted to test these as soon as possible so that we can go home with new data and continue improvements. With this excellent start, we are very optimistic for the new season.“

The factory success was underlined by customer team Mathol Racing achieving 1st place in the SP10 / GT4 class driven by Wolfgang Weber, Norbert Bermes and Rickard Nilsson equating to 21st postion overall.

Image: VLN
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