The Aston Martin Racing Festival will return to Le Mans on June 16, 2018 with a packed 38-car entry and a star-filled line-up that includes former Le Mans winner Martin Brundle and his co-driver, the multiple Olympic gold medal winner, Sir Chris Hoy. The 45-minute race takes place on the same day as the 24 Hours of Le Mans classic on the full circuit, and will be filled with cars from all corners of the Aston Martin universe.
For the first time ever, spectators will also get to see two of the awe-inspiring 7-litre, V12-powered Aston Martin Vulcans – entered by the newly-opened AMR Performance Centre, based at the Nurburgring in Germany.
“I’d never miss a chance to race on the full Le Mans circuit, I love that track,” said Brundle, whose Vantage GT4 will also be entered by the AMR Performance Centre. “This will be particularly special partnering Sir Chris Hoy in a beautiful Aston Martin Vantage GT4. Chris is a good friend and handy on the pedals in every respect.
The race will feature a wide variety of Aston Martins, including a the company’s most successful racing car – the V12 Vantage GT3. There will also be older Vantage GT1s, GT2s and even the 2016 FIA-World Endurance Championship-winning V8 Vantage GTE.
“What GT driver doesn’t aspire to be a part of the biggest racing event in motorsport? So to be able to make this happen for our customers is very special. We have AMR cars of all varieties, from different eras, showcasing the pedigree of the cars which AMR has designed, developed and raced over many years,” said Aston Martin Racing’s Head of Customer Racing, Huw Tasker.
“Having taken part in this event in 2015, I can say first-hand it will be a tremendous experience. Moreover, this is a wonderful celebration of all that Aston Martin Racing has achieved since we returned to the sport as a manufacturer. To be able to display so many different iconic Aston Martin racing cars, as well as the stunning Vulcan, in front of 250,000 fans is a testament to the durability of our brand,” added Andy Palmer, the company’s CEO who will also be behind the wheel of one of the cars in the race.