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Aston Martin Racing triumphs over adversity for Spa podium
Spa, 10 May, 2009. The 007 Aston Martin Racing LMP1 car of Jan Charouz (CZ), Tomas Enge (CZ) and Stefan Mücke (GER) has finished on the podium of the Spa 1000 kilometres in Belgium following a magnificent fightback after the team started from the back of the grid.
Prodrive and Formula One
David Richards, chairman of Prodrive, speaks about his plans for F1
Aston Martin Racing victorious on Le Mans Series debut
Aston Martin Racing has won the Catalunya 1000 kilometres, on the team’s Le Mans Series debut with its new LMP1 car. The 007 car, driven by Jan Charouz (CZ), Tomas Enge (CZ) and Stefan Mücke (DE) finished first after a flawless debut run. Car 009, crewed by Harold Primat (CH), Miguel Ramos (PT) and Darren Turner (GB), ran in the top three until the final 40 minutes of the race, when a spin put the crew out of contention.
Gronholm retires from Rally Portugal
On the first stage of day two this morning (SS8), Marcus Gronholm was about 4 km from the start, when the car ran wide on a left hand bend and the rear clipped a tree, sending the car into a roll. The car ended up off the road but on its wheels. Marcus was able to restart the car and to continue along the stage. However, as he was pulling over to let Petter Solberg pass, an engine warning light came on. Gronholm stopped the car and the team advised him not to continue.
Gronholm well placed to challenge for podium
Marcus Gronholm finished the first day of Rally Portugal in fourth place after setting some impressive times during the day’s six stages. Until the final stage of the day, Gronholm was comfortably lying in second place, but caught the slowing Ford of Al Qassimi and lost time, before being able to pass him.
Prodrive turns 25 at Rally Portugal
When Marcus Gronholm drives over the start ramp for Rally Portugal today, it will be 25 years since Prodrive first competed at the 1984 Qatar Rally. Then, a Prodrive-prepared Porsche 911 SC RS, driven by Saeed Al Hajri, won on its debut and went on to bring the Rothmans Porsche Rally Team the Middle East Rally Championship title.
Gronholm ready for rally comeback
Marcus Gronholm is looking forward to his WRC comeback at Rally Portugal, following a successful pre-event test in his new Prodrive Impreza World Rally Car.
Prodrive reveals Gronholm’s Impreza
The Prodrive Impreza WRC2008, which Marcus Gronholm will drive at the Rally of Portugal, has successfully completed its first shakedown.
Winning weekend for debuting Imprezas
Subaru Rally Team Spain and the Sasol Konica Minolta Rally Team have both won this weekend in the first events with their new Prodrive Impreza Group Ns, while Derek McGarrity and Aimont both won in their Impreza World Rally Cars.
Al-Attiyah to fight for PWRC title
2006 Production World Rally Championship (PWRC) champion, Nasser Al-Attiyah, will start his campaign for the 2009 title at the wheel of the new Prodrive Impreza N2009 at the Cyprus Rally on 13-15 March. Al Attiyah opted not to compete at the first round of the PWRC in Norway.