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Aston Martin Racing Wins Double in GTE Pro/Am FIA WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

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Aston Martin Racing driver of the #99 Vantage GTE Pro car Fernando Rees hails from Brazil

Aston Martin Racing driver of the #99 Vantage GTE Pro car Fernando Rees hails from Brazil

The #99 Aston Martin, the eventual Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps GTE Pro class winning car, started the 6-hour race from the front of the grid

The #99 Aston Martin, the eventual Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps GTE Pro class winning car, started the 6-hour race from the front of the grid thanks to an impressive qualifying session

The K&N Air Filters supported FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) team of Aston Martin Racing won the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps race in Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium in both the GTE Pro and GTE Am classes. The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps hosts the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix race and the course consists of 20 turns spread over 7 km (approximately 4.3 miles). The course is considered by many to be one of the most challenging race tracks in the world, due to its fast, hilly and twisty nature. Spa-Francorchamps is a favorite track among both drivers and spectators.

Aston Martin Racing runs five grand touring cars in the FIA WEC with both professional and amateur drivers behind the wheel. The #99 Aston Martin, which was the eventual Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps GTE Pro class winning car, started the race from the front of the grid thanks to an impressive qualifying session by drivers Fernando Rees and Richie Stanaway. A third driver, Alex MacDowall, joined the race and the trio pushed hard with their pit crew assisting with near-perfect pit-stops to cross the line in first place. Aston Martin Racing’s additional entries in the GTE Pro class had respectable finishes at the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. The Aston Martin Racing #97 Vantage GTE finished fifth in the GTE Pro class and the #95 Aston Martin finished sixth.

Aston Martin Racing driver of the #99 Vantage GTE Pro car Richie Stanaway hails from New Zealand

Aston Martin Racing driver of the #99 Vantage GTE Pro car Richie Stanaway hails from New Zealand

A trio of drivers pushed the Aston Martin Racing #99 Vantage GTE hard and the pit crew assisted with near-perfect pit-stops to cross the line

A trio of drivers pushed the Aston Martin Racing #99 Vantage GTE hard and the pit crew assisted with near-perfect pit-stops to cross the line at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in first

After the race, Richie Stanaway, one of three drivers of the K&N filters equipped #99 Aston Martin said “That was an amazing result for us. I’ve got to say a huge thanks to the team. They’ve been practicing a lot on their pit stops and I think that’s where we really hit it home today. They were able to hit 16-second stops every time and put the Ferrari guys under pressure. I couldn’t be happier and I’m now really looking forward to Le Mans.”

Team Aston Martin Racing took a second win in the GTE Am class with the #98 Vantage GTE car piloted by Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana, and Mathias Lauda. The team’s win at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is its second in a row and they will carry that momentum into the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 13-14, 2015. “After the win at Silverstone, the pole position here yesterday and then getting maximum points today, we are really thinking about the championship. The team did a fantastic job and our pit-stops were excellent,” said Mathias Lauda, one of three drivers of the K&N equipped #98 Vantage GTE, after the Aston Martin Racing win in the GTE Am class at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

The Aston Martin Racing #97 Vantage GTE finished fifth in the 6 Hours of Spa GTE Pro class

The Aston Martin Racing #97 Vantage GTE finished fifth in the 6 Hours of Spa GTE Pro class and the #96 Aston Martin finished sixth in the GTE Am division

Team Aston Martin Racing took its second 6 Hours of Spa win in the GTE Am class with the #98 Vantage GTE car

Team Aston Martin Racing took its second 6 Hours of Spa win in the GTE Am class with the #98 Vantage GTE car piloted by Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana, and Mathias Lauda

Aston Martin Racing’s Team Principal John Gaw commented “Congratulations to the #99 drivers for getting their first WEC GTE Pro race win and to #98 for continuing their clean sweep of GTE Am pole positions and wins this season. We’ve got some more points in the bag this weekend, as all cars finished the race, but we need to make the most of double points in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in order to strengthen our WEC GTE Manufacturer’s Title campaign.” The K&N Air Filters supported FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) team of Aston Martin Racing will race again when the WEC continues with the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 13-14, 2015.


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