Aston Martin Racing wins 6 hours of Shanghai

Aston Martin Racing has won the final round of 2012 FIA World Endurance Championships, Six Hours of Shanghai, finishing second in GTE Pro Championship Standing….

Aston Martin Racing has won the final round of 2012 FIA World Endurance Championships, Six Hours of Shanghai, finishing second in GTE Pro Championship Standing. At the start of this endurance race, Aston Martin Racing was focused on retaining their second position in the championships with a victory at WEC as well.

In their maiden venture across the 5.4 km circuit the team was unsure as to how the #97 Vantage GTE would perform at the Shanghai International Circuit. Team racers Darren Turner and Stefan Mücke were better equipped after free practice sessions when they realized that the abrasive surface of the track coupled with long straights would work to their advantage.

Fog and unfavorable weather conditions on race day caused the pre race warm up to be cancelled but as the time approached the fog cleared. Turner and Mücke had to strive hard during the one hour stint and by midway into the race their Vantage GTE was in the lead with #51 Ferrari behind by 11.4 seconds and closely followed by Porsche in third place a good 50 seconds behind. The Vantage GTE was competitive right from the start of this season when the team received a podium in Sebring. The team has worked hard with their vehicle and this resulted in them going from third to second and to their historic win.