The 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was held on 19-20th of September, and Aston Martin shines in the Grand Touring Endurance class winning the FIA World Endurance Championship manufacturer’s title. The No.97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE driven by Alex Lynn, Maxime Martin and former Le Mans winner Harry Tincknell battled the Ferrari works team for 24-hours to cross the finish line to win their first win here after 2017. No.95 Aston Martin came third, which handed Aston enough points to win the endurance title.
In the LM GTE Amateur class, TF Sport’ Vantage GTE took the win with Jonny Adam, Charlie Eastwood and Salih Yoluc to become the first privateer team to win at Le Mans driving the Vantage GTE, and being the lead contender for the WEC GTE am drivers’ title.
Aston Martin No.95’s crew Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen and Richard Westbrook lead their No.97 teammates by 15 points in the WEC pro-class drivers title after finishing third. Canadian, Paul Dalla Lana driving the Aston Martin aspired to win an 8th title in the amateur category but his dreams were put to halt after a pitstop mishap led to losing precious lead.
Aston Martin finished ahead of both Porsche and Ferrari in the WEC manufacturer’s title thanks to their three cars being on the podium and having an insurmountable lead to take the title for the first time. Aston Martin boss, Tobias Moers expressed his delight at the result, ”To win both GTE classes and the WEC Manufacturer’s title is testimony to the quality of both the team, the Vantage GTE and the Vantage road car that is the basis of the race car.”
The Aston Martin Vantage GTE took 346 laps of the circuit on its way to winning while Lynn posted the fastest lap for GTE cars at 3:50.321 .“I won’t lie, that was emotional. I had a few tears on the last lap. I have driven this exact car for the last three years and so much hard work and sweat has gone into it.” said the British driver.
Toyota took a hattrick of victories at Le Mans in LMP1 while United Autosports won in the LMP2 category at the 88th iteration of the most famous Endurance race in the world.
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