Aston Martin secured fifth position overall at the 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hours race in its V12 Vantage GT3. The manufacturer also achieved three best-in-class podium positions with the same model, as well as with two V8 Vantage N430s.
The blue and yellow #007 Vantage GT3 piloted by British driver Darren Turner recorded the fastest lap of the event, and a charge to the chequered flag was only scuppered by refuelling issues. Turner and his team mates Stefan Mücke and Pedro Lamy showed great pace around the 25-kilometre circuit, and early issues prevented a late sprint through the field.
In the SP10 class, the luxury brand's V8 Vantage N430 was competing in its maiden race, and the vehicle impressed hugely with a second place finish overall. Meanwhile, the manufacturer's customers Liam Talbot, Egon Allgäuer, Peter Cate and Marcus Mahy competed in an Aston Martin Test Centre prepared V12 Vantage, and the team enjoyed a second place finish in the over 4.0-litre SP8 class. In the same class, another Vantage N430 driven by further Test Centre drivers came in third, despite damage to the cooling system.
On a successful time in Germany, head of motorsport David King commented:
“Many of the drivers competing with us this weekend aren't professional racing drivers but you wouldn't know that from working with them. The level of professionalism has been impressive and we are proud to have them racing with the Aston Martin wings."
The recent triumph of Aston Martin's race cars underlines the success of its engineers in crafting vehicles that can compete with the best in the industry. The automaker's road cars all share in this rich motorsport heritage, which gives the sports car family such huge appeal.
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