Aston Martin ramps up Nurburgring 24 Hour programme

Aston Martin is set to compete in the ADAC Zurich Nurburgring 24 Hours this May for the seventh consecutive year.

Eight Vantage racers will be gearing up for the endurance event with Aston Martin fielding its most ambitious entry to date. Four of the marque’s vehicles will be taking part, including two V12-powered Vantage GT3, alongside for customer cars.

Some 170 cars will be taking part in the epic 24-hour race next weekend, which is run on the daunting 25km circuit that combines the legendary Nordschleife with the modern Grand Prix track.

Previously focused on the near production-specification cars since first entering the Nurburgring 24 Hour in 2006, Aston Martin will be represented in the senior SP9 category for the first time. The V12 Vantage GT3s will be run in association with long-standing official partner team Young Driver AMR.

The lead Vantage GT3 will carry the iconic #007 number and is to be driven by Johannes and Ferdinand Stuck, sons of three-time Nurburgring 24 Hour winner Hans-Joachim Stuck, alongside Dennis Rostek and Aston Martin Racing factory driver Darren Turner. Stefan Mucke, Tomas Enge, Fredy Barth and Oliver Mathai will drive the #006 Vantage GT3.

Aston Martin’s V12 Zagato concept will make a return to the event, driven by the manufacturer’s engineering department. Chief executive Dr Ulrich Bez, chief engineer Chris Porritt, test centre director Wolfgang Schuhbauer and motoring journalist and racer Richard Meaden will be behind the wheel.

“Our 100 per cent finishing record in thirteen starts in one of the world’s toughest endurance races is remarkable; truly a testament to the reliability of our cars and the efforts of our people” said Dr Bez.

“For 2012, I am delighted to be returning again to drive our V12 Zagato with my engineering team, but also to have such an exciting step up with the V12 Vantage GT3s.”

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