Aston Martin support race to return to 2018 Le Mans 24h

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The Michelin Aston Martin Racing Festival race event will be held for the third time this year ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the full circuit at La Sarthe. A 38-car grid of Aston Martins, including two Vulcans, will have a 45-minute race on June 16, a couple of hours before the full race.

The grid will include a number of star drivers such as Martin Brundle and Chris Hoy, who will both be driving Vantage GT4 cars.

“I’d never miss a chance to race on the full Le Mans circuit, I love that track,” said Brundle. “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.”

Also included among the GT4 celebrity drivers are Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, Bake-Off television presenter Paul Hollywood, and Prodrive chairman David Richards.

The race will feature a wide variety of Aston Martin machinery, including a number of examples of the company’s most successful racing car, the V12 Vantage GT3. Undoubtedly the stars of the race will be the two 7-liter, V12-powered Aston Martin Vulcans entered by the newly-opened AMR Performance Centre at the Nürburgring.

Aston Martin Racing’s head of customer racing Huw Tasker said, “I am very excited to welcome our AMR customers to Le Mans. What GT driver doesn’t aspire to be a part of the biggest racing event in motorsport? 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.”

The race will take place on June 16, at 1015 CET.

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