Aston Martin reverts to old LMP race car for 2011

Aston Martin old race car. LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC
Aston Martin Racing is bringing back its 2010 LMP car, shown, to finish the 2011 season.

Published on 7/29/2011

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Aston Martin Racing on Friday announced that it will compete as planned in the remaining three rounds of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, but it will revert to last year's V12-engined DBR1-2 LMP1 race car while the new, problem-plagued AMR-One car program continues to undergo review.

The AMR-One was slow in its two races to date--at Paul Ricard in France and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans--and also had reliability problems with its turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine.

In addition to the ILMC races at Silverstone on Sept. 11, Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Oct. 1 and Zhuhai, China, on Nov. 13, the team will also compete in the American Le Mans Series race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Sept. 17.

Aston Martin Racing said it is in the process of preparing a DBR1-2 chassis, which will continue to run in its familiar Gulf livery and will test in August. The driver lineup for the single-car entry will include experienced factory drivers Adrian Fernandez and Harold Primat.

The DBR1-2 coupe features Aston Martin's famous 6.0-liter V12 engine. The LMP1 machine has amassed a series of impressive finishes, including a fourth-place finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2009, where it was the fastest gasoline-powered car in the field. It then went on to sweep the podium at the N├╝rburgring 1000 KM. The car also scored the overall win in the second round of the Asian Le Mans Series and secured overall team and driver titles in the European Le Mans Series after finishing on the podium in all five of the series' races in 2009.

In 2010, Aston Martin Racing competed in three races with the DBR1-2 prior to achieving sixth place at Le Mans. The team got a podium finish in every one: third at Sebring and second at Long Beach and Paul Ricard.

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