It’s only just over a week since Aston Martin was sold, but today it confirmed plans to race at Le Mans.
The DBR9 will return to the famous La Sarthe circuit in June. Perhaps this was inevitable, since Aston’s new non-executive chairman is David Richards - the chairman of Prodrive, which develops the DBR9 and its FIA GT3-spec sister car, the DBRS9. The team will face a tough challenge, though, as the 24-hour Le Mans is the only race that Aston Martin Racing will compete in this year.
Furthermore, only one of the drivers, Darren Turner, will regularly get behind the wheel of a DBR9, as he races in the Le Mans Series for Team Modena. The rest of the drivers, which includes Britain’s Johnny Herbert, will have to adjust quickly.