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Celebrating 300 victories in images

Victory in round six of the FIA World Endurance Championship marked the 300th time that UK-based engineering and race team, Prodrive, had taken the chequered flag

Submitted by: Prodrive

 

When the Prodrive-run Aston Martin Racing team took victory in Texas in the latest round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) last weekend (September 16), it was the 300th time a Prodrive team had won a race or rally since the company was formed in 1984.

The Aston Martin Vantage GTE sealed the 300th win some 33 years after Prodrive’s first victory at the Qatar rally on 27 January 1984, when the Porsche 911 SC RS won the opening round of the Middle East Rally Championship. The event was also Prodrive’s first, handing it victory on its motorsport debut.

Since then Prodrive has competed in 1171 events, running cars for a wide range of manufacturers including MG, BMW, Subaru, Alfa Romeo, Honda, Ford, Volvo, Ferrari, Aston Martin, MINI and VW, and in national and international race and rally championships, including the World Rally Championship, British Touring Car Championship, Australian V8 Supercar Series, Global Rallycross and the World Endurance Championship.

As well as 300 event wins, Prodrive has won numerous titles including:

  • Six World Rally titles (three drivers’ and three manufacturers’)
  • Five Le Mans GT titles
  • Four World Endurance Championship titles
  • Three Chinese Rally Championship titles
  • Four British Touring Car Championships
  • Three British Rally Championships
  • Two Middle East Rally Championships
  • Five Asia-Pacific Rally titles
  • Le Mans Series
  • US rally championship
  • Two Belgian Rally Championships
  • Two French Rally Championships

Today Prodrive runs the Aston Martin Racing team in the FIA WEC and the FAW-VW rally team in the Chinese Rally Championship. From 2018 it will also be competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship with a Renault Megane RX it is creating for Guerlain Chicherit.

"I still recall that very first event in Qatar, with Saeed Al Hajri driving the Porsche," recalls Prodrive chairman and founder, David Richards. "Then we were just a dozen or so people with tremendous enthusiasm and great ambitions. I don’t think any of us dreamt that more than three decades on, Prodrive would be what it is today; not just a motorsport business that in 2018 will be competing in two FIA world championships, but one that has diversified into so many technology sectors beyond motorsport."

1984 Porsche 911 SC RS wins Qatar Rally, Prodrive's first event and first win

1987 BMW M3 wins Corsica Rally Prodrive's first WRC win

1986 Billy Coleman wins Cork Rally in 6R4

1988 Frank Sytner wins at Oulton Park in BTCC in the BMW M3

1991 Colin McRae wins the Manx Rally; Prodrive's 50th win

1993 Colin McRae wins Rally New Zealand; his and Subaru's first WRC win and Prodrive's second

1995 McRae and Subaru win the WRC drivers' and manufacturers' titles

1997 James Thompson wins in the Honda Accord in the BTCC

1999 Juha Kankkunen wins Rally Argentina

2000 Alain Menu wins the BTCC title in the Ford Mondeo

2001 Richard Burns wins the WRC at Rally GB

2001 Ferrari 550 GTS Maranello wins the FIA GT race at Jarama

2003 Petter Solberg celebrate winning the WRC title with Tommi Makinen

 

2003 Prodrive Ferrari 550 wins Le Mans

 

2005 DBR9 wins Tourist Trophy at Silverstone

2008 Aston Martin DBR9 wins for a second year at Le Mans

2011 Ford Performance Racing win at Surfers Paradise in the Australian V8 Supercar Series

2012 Aston Martin Vantage GTE takes is debut win in the World Endurance Championship at Shanghai

2013 Liam Doran wins in Munich in the GRC on the MINI RX's debut

2015 Chris Atkinson wins the Dengfeng Rally in the VW Golf SCRC

2016 Aston Martin Racing wins the last race of the WEC season in Bahrain and clinches the teams' and drivers' titles

2017 Aston Martin Racing wins Le Mans

300th win in Austin Texas, USA

The Union Flag flies outside Prodrive's headquarters in Banbury to celebrate its 300th win

 

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