Why Aston Martin is ready to win Le Mans again
After two difficult Le Mans 24 Hours with its new Vantage, Aston Martin Racing returns for the delayed 2020 edition in good form atop the GTE Pro standings, and with designs on ending its three-year wait for sportscar racing's biggest prize
That dramatic from-behind victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2017 seems a long time ago now. Aston Martin notched up its most recent class victory in the French enduro more than three years ago when Jonny Adam overhauled Jordan Taylor's Chevrolet on the final lap to seal the GTE Pro win together with Darren Turner and Daniel Serra. There's been a lot of water under the bridge since.
Aston Martin Racing has produced an all-new car, the World Endurance Championship was temporarily reshaped with the one-off superseason that encompassed the 2018 and 2019 editions of Le Mans, and this year's race was pushed back into the early autumn.
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Amid concerns that the new Hypercar class would be upstaged on debut by the spec LMP2 machines at Spa, Toyota delivered the pole and victory that the vast majority of observers expected. But neither car had a clean run, which gave the grandfathered Alpine LMP1 an unexpected shot at glory
Beyond the slender grid of headline-grabbing hypercars, there are numerous subplots and changes to look out for in the new season of the WEC, which gets underway at Spa this weekend. Here's the seven key things you need to know about
A slim field of three cars will be entered in the Hypercar class for the first round of the World Endurance Championship's post-LMP1 age. But there are plenty of reasons for optimism with the new wave of manufacturer entries and competing class philosophies just around the corner
The 2021 World Endurance Championship kicks off at Spa this weekend, but for the first time since its 2012 inception there will be no works Aston Martins in the GTE-Pro class. As its new era in Formula 1 begins, Aston leaves behind a legacy of success courtesy of its Prodrive-run factory programme that was a hit from the word go in 2005
Sportscar racing lost one of it's greatest talents 20 years ago today when Bob Wollek was knocked from his bicycle prior to the Sebring 12 Hours. The enigmatic Frenchman never won the Le Mans 24 Hours, but many still remember today why 'Brilliant Bob' became a legend
Brian Redman was one of the best sportscar drivers of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a three-time champion on the fearsome American Formula 5000 scene. To celebrate his 84th birthday Autosport contacted him about his best races – and he decided to write the piece himself…
The G-Drive squad has been a mainstay of endurance racing in recent years, and has linked up with Russian manufacturer Aurus in recent years to promote its brand. With a change of rules in endurance racing's top tables, the team could be well-placed to take advantage of a potential boom...
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