12 January 2015
ASTON MARTIN TAKES PODIUM AT 2015 DUBAI 24 HOURS
The Aston Martin Vantage GT3, finished in third place in the leading class of the Dubai 24 Hours.
The car was driven by Aston Martin Racing works drivers Stefan Mücke and Jonny Adam, and experienced endurance racer Paul White. Together they qualified in sixth place and the team, which had never run the car before this week, completed 596 laps of the circuit, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.
After 24 hours of totally reliable running, at times leading the race, the car crossed the line in fourth place overall and third in the PRO class.
“We’re really pleased to have been on the PRO class podium,” commented Mücke. “The car has felt great all week and the team did a really good job with set-up to get it spot on. If we had not had to pit an extra time for damage due to contact, I think we may have finished higher but, in a race with 95 cars on track, these things happen.”
“To stand on the Dubai 24 Hours podium is something I’m very proud of,” said Adam. “I’ve driven the Vantage GT3 since the end of 2011 and I’ve been a part of a lot of its firsts – including its first race win back in 2012 and its first championship win back in 2013 – so any I take any opportunity I can to add to its growing tally of successes.
“When we first drove the car on Wednesday, Stefan, Paul and I were very pleased with it but, after some pre-qualifying tweaks from the guys at KPM Racing, who did a great job all week, we were extremely happy.”
The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 will next race in Daytona 24 Hours with Aston Martin Racing’s North American partner team TRG-AMR.
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