Monday 23 May 2011

24 Hour Le Mans: Lola Aston Martin returns to La Sarthe

Although Aston Martin seem to have some difficulty in the development of the new AMR-One, the withdrawal of the Honda of Highcroft Racing will allow the Lola-Aston Martin coupé to appear in La Sarthe on the 11th and 12th June. It carved out a remarkable series of successes under the legendary blue and orange colours of Gulf Oil in 2009 and 2010.

In 2009, it won in its first season in the Le Mans Series., with two victories in five races. Aston Martin Racing Team won the LM P1 classification with Tomas Enge, Stefan Mücke and Jan Charouz driving. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the same trio had a superb fourth place that year behind two Peugeot 908 HDi FAP and an Audi R15. In 2010, Stefan Mücke, this time with Harold Primat and Adrian Fernandez, took sixth place.

Besides the presence of Kronos Racing 24 Hours 2011, this beautiful coupé, including the front grille reminiscent of the beautiful road-going Aston Martins, has continued its career in the U.S. under the banner of Team CytoSport, a favourite of the American Le Mans Series: The U.S. team won the second round in 2011 at Long Beach (California).

Jean-Philippe Doret



Photo: LOS ANGELES, California (USA) CIRCUIT OF LONG BEACH, April 16, 2011. Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr take the last victory of the Lola-Aston Martin.

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