Aston Martins: Nürburgring 13 Hour Update

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Aston Martin’s V12 Zagatos and V8 Vantages continued into the darkness. After spending the majority of night 1st in class, ‘Zig’, the number 5 V12 Zagato was hit by another competitor causing damage to the front steering arm. Zig was brought into the garage where the team repaire

d the arm quickly and calmly within 40 minutes. It promptly returned to the track after receiving new tyres and a full tank of fuel. Peter Cate continued his stint, but had to return owing to a suspected gearbox sensor problem. The number 5 car should return to the track soon.

The number 3 V12 Zagato ‘Zag’ moved up from 5th to 4th position during the night at the hands of Matthew Marsh, Wolfgang Schuhbauer and Horst von Saurma. At around 4am a gearbox issue was reported and the car was brought into the garage to be checked over. The unit is being replaced.

The number 6 V8 Vantage GT4 piloted by Shinichi Katsura, Rob Thomson, Jurgen Stumf and Darren Turner has been running perfectly needing only brake pads, tyres and fuel to get past the half-way point. Turner returned to the car at 04.30 to start his third stint.

Throughout the entire 12 hours, customer team Mathol Racing has remained 1st in the SP10 class for GT4 cars while Team Pflanz continue in 9th position. Team Bratke are 7th in the SP 8 class.

Aston Martin’s Head of Motorsport said: “We have had a trouble free race until now, but some gearbox issues are hampering our progress. The team are putting in a mighty effort to get the Zagatos back out on track.”

I’m thoroughly pleased with our customer teams’ progress and our own Vantage GT4 is performing immaculately.”

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