Aston Martin wins 24 Hours of Le MansSeptember 21, 2020
Aston Martin wins the 88-q race of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The British manufacturer, who last won a world renowned event in 2017, achieved his best at the Circuit de la Sarthe, winning both GT classes, taking three crews to the podium.
The result means that Aston Martin has scored enough points to earn the automaker’s World Endurance Championship (WEC) award in one round.
It was factory drivers Alex Lynn (UK) and Maxime Martin (Belgium), along with former Le Mans winner Harry Tinknell (UK), who won the most coveted victory in endurance racing after a flawless performance in the number 97 Vantage GTE car.
Lynn, who set the fastest lap record in the GTE class on Sunday, said: “I will not lie, it was emotional … I had a few dangerous moments on the last lap. I have trained on this particular machine for the last three years. To be honest, it’s incredible. “
TF Sport’s Vantage GTE won class awards in GTE Am with factory driver Johnny Adam (UK) and Charlie Eastwood (UK) and teammate Salih Yoluch (Turkey). The car was also named the best in the WEC GTE Am category in the season finale at the Bahrain International Circuit. The British team became the first private team to win Le Mans with the Vantage GTE.
In the GTE Am class, longtime Aston Martin Racing driver Paul Dalla Lana (Canada), who had high hopes for his eighth Le Mans event, was a huge disappointment. The outstanding speed of the Canadian and his teammates Augusto Farfus (Brazil) and staff pilot Ross Gunn (Great Britain) were ineffective after a long pit stop that left them losing the race lead.
Three podium finishes in the double event were enough for Aston Martin to win the WEC Manufacturer’s title for the first time – the British manufacturer crossed the line 76 points ahead of Porsche and 97 points ahead of Ferrari.
Tobias Moers, CEO of Aston Martin, commented: “I am very proud of everyone who played a part in this landmark victory today. Winning both GTE classes and the WEC manufacturer title is a testament to the quality of both the team and the Vantage GTE, as well as the production Vantage, which is the foundation of the racing model. ”
The winners of the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans completed 346 laps on a 13.8 km circuit. While Lynn set the fastest lap time of any GTE competitor at 3: 50.321, Tiim completed the track in 10: 02.35, faster than any other Aston Martin Racing driver.
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