Shelsley Aston Display

The ‘Big One’ at Shelsley Walsh each August is always one of the biggest events in the hillclimb calendar and always has a large crowd, a great entry and a celebration or theme from the history of British Motorsport.

Aston Martin Racing

 

This year’s theme celebrates the 100th anniversary of that most classic of British marques, Aston Martin. The hallowed 1000 yards of Shelsley will reverberate to the sound of Astons from all ages.

As well as the many on track displays from many historic Aston Martin road and competition cars over the weekend a static display from Aston Martin Racing and their associate teams is sure to be a big attraction.

There will be at least three cars from the recent history of the works squad from the Intercontinental Le Mans Challenge, World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hour race itself.

The three cars on display are the most recent cars run by AMR and have formed the basis of their Le Mans challenge since 2009. Lets have a look at the cars scheduled to appear.

 
Lola-Aston Martin DBR1-2

Having run a privateer Lola-Judd LMP1 car for a customer team in 2008, Aston Martin returned to the premier class of the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 2009 and celebrated the 50th Anniversary of their outright Le Mans win with a three car entry for the LMP1 class.

Lola Aston Martin DBR1-2

The Lola-Aston Martin DBR1-2 LMP1 car in the Silverstone paddock in 2011

 

The car was a heavily revised Lola Coupe LMP1 car with the 6.0 litre V12 engine from the class-winning DBR9 GT1 car and a heavily revised and restyled aero package.

This most beautiful looking and sounding car ran at the Le Mans for three straight years, with the works team in 2009 & 2010 and privateers in 2010 & 2011.

Victory in the 2009 Le Mans Series as well as a ‘petrol’ win in the 24 Hours was probably the best that could be expected in the ‘Diesel era’ at Le Mans.

 

 

Aston Martin AMR-ONE

After the success of the DBR1-2, AMR embarked on an ambitious project to win Le Mans outright. With a new rules package promising parity for petrol & diesel cars, AMR built a stunning new LMP1 car with a turbo-charged petrol engine for 2011.

Aston Martin AMR-ONE

The Aston Martin AMR-ONE at the car’s launch event at Gaydon in 2011

 

The AMR-ONE was a complete in house at AMRs Prodrive base with a new chassis and a bespoke 2-litre straight 6 engine and an Xtrac gearbox.

Unfortunately the car was not a success. Problems with the radical engine caused the car to be withdrawn mid-season before the project was finally abandoned.

The chassis built have since seen use in other Le Mans programs, as both the original Deltawing car and the Pescarolo 03 LMP1 that ran at Le Mans in 2012 used the Aston tub.

A private owner has bought the car which will be on display at Shelsley and it is being rebuilt into a runner by AMR Partner team Generation AMR.

 

 

Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE

Having ceased work on the LMP1 program at the end of 2011, AMR returned to its roots in 2012 with a GT Racing program. AMR built GT2 cars for customers from 2008 until 2010, and the new GTE class regulations provided a great challenge for the team.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE

The #97 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE makes a pitstop at the Silverstone WEC round in 2013

 

The GTE car is a pure bred race car based on a road car chassis, with a 4.5 litre V8 engine.

The team scored a podium in the GTE-Pro Class at Le Mans and scored poles and wins in 2012.

For 2013 a five car team has been assembled for AMR to run in the WEC and at Le Mans. Another podium finish was the result for the lead #97 car, but the whole event was overshadowed by the fatal accident suffered by Allan Simonsen in one of the GT-Am Vantage V8s.

 

 

This selection of beautiful cars from the recent history of Aston Martin’s rich motorsport heritage will be a fantastic addition to all of the activity going on on the track.

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