Aston Martin will be represented all over the world this weekend on race tracks on three separate continents. In California, USA, the works Aston Martin Racing team will contest the second round of the American Le Mans Series at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. In Asia, official customer teams, Hexis Racing and Young Driver will be racing their DBR9s at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for the opening round of the new FIA GT1 series. In Valencia, Spain, the Open GT Championship begins with Aston Martin being represented by Villois Racing in two DBRS9s and a Vantage GT2.
Following on from the podium finish at Sebring last month, drivers Adrian Fernandez (MX) and Harold Primat (CH) will be driving the Lowe’s sponsored 009 LMP1 car at the Long Beach circuit which has an illustrious past stretching back to the mid 1970s. It is completely virgin territory for Aston Martin Racing, which has never competed at the Californian venue before. Long Beach is also a very different type of race compared to the kind of event that the team normally contests, being a short sprint rather than a lengthy endurance epic.
The Grand Prix of Long Beach qualifying session takes place on Friday 16 April at 18:10 (PDT) with the 100 minute race starting at 16:40 (PDT) on Saturday.
In Abu Dhabi, the two DBR9s of team Young Driver will be driven by Darren Turner (GB), Tomas Enge (CZ), Stefan Mücke (GER) and Christoffer Nygaard (DEN). Hexis Racing’s double DBR9 entry will be driven by Frédéric Makowiecki (FR), Jean-Denis Deletraz (CH), Clivio Piccione (MC) and Jonathan Hirschi (CH).
The first round in the FIA GT1 series takes place with two one hour races starting at 16:00 and 19:30 (GST) on Saturday 17 April.