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Dunlop Le Mans

Fifth Aston Martin Vantage GTE Replaces ESM Ferrari On LM24 Entry

Extreme Speed Motorsport’s Ferrari F458 Italia is the first withdrawal of the 56 entries for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours, the move coming after the team's shift to the P2 class in the 2013 ALMS.

That means that the first GTE reserve car, the #98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE moves onto the entry list proper which means that Aston Martin Racing now have a whopping five cars on the list, with the latest addition making it a three car entry in the GTE Pro category after AMR requested a move from the GTE AM category that it was initially entered in.

That now makes a total of 12 cars in GTE Pro, and as strong a GT fireld as we have seen for many a year.

Three cars are still on the reserve list in the GTE category with Prospeed Competition’s Porsche now the first reserve.

John Gaw, team principal, Aston Martin Racing commented:

“We are delighted to have received the news of a fifth entry into the 90th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. To have been named as first reserve was good news in itself and we kept our fingers crossed that it would be upgraded to a full entry. To have it confirmed so quickly is great news as it allows us extra preparation time.

“The four Vantage GTEs competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship (the #97 and #99 Pro cars and the #95 and #96 Am cars) will now be joined in the 24 Hours of Le Mans by the #98 car. And, in a change from the original entry, the #98 will now compete in the Pro class instead of the Am class.

“In this significant year for both Le Mans and Aston Martin, we would particularly like to thank the ACO for reclassifying the car from the Am to the Pro class. The 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE line-up is extremely competitive and the extra Pro class entry has further supported our ambitions in the category.

“This year is important for Aston Martin as it celebrates its centenary year, and having five cars on the grid for the biggest event on the motorsport calendar is a fitting way to celebrate.”

A full announcement regarding the #98 Vantage GTE, including the driver line up, will be made in due course.

Aston Martin Racing will be testing at Road Atlanta next week ahead of the 12 Hours of Sebring where, in addition to the confirmed Sebring drivers, Dane Cameron (US) and Richie Stanaway (NZ) will test for the team.

Gaw confirmed to DSC this evening that the #98 car is already in an advanced stage of build and will be painted this weekend.

All five Vantage GTEs will sport Gulf colours for the season.

Of the five Le Mans cars #99 and #95 are already complete and are in the USA ahead of next week’s Atlanta test and thence on to Sebring – The #99 car will become #97 for Sebring with #95 renumbered as #007.

Next on the production line are the now almost complete #96 GTE Am car which will debut at the end of the month at the WEC test at Paul Ricard.

#97 will debut at Silverstone and the #98 car will test for the first time at Aragon before the Le Mans Test Day in early June.