Last year, they finally did it. The Prodrive Aston Martin squad defeated the works Chevrolet Corvette team to take GT1 honours in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Both return this time around, and Prodrive believes it can repeat the success to make it two-all in the fight with its American rivals.
Aston Martin, for which Prodrive runs the factory team, came close to winning GT1 with the DBR9 in both 2005 and 2006, only to lose out to Chevrolet in the closing stages.
That created a lot of pressure heading into last year's bout, but a near-perfect run for the David Brabham/Darren Turner/Rickard Rydell Aston brought victory by a lap from the leading Corvette, and fifth overall.