The Aston Martin Racing Festival returns to Le Mans for its third year with Star-studded line up
The Michelin Aston Martin Racing Festival returns to Le Mans on the 16th June, showcasing a whole fleet of cars driven by celebrities to the 250,000 fans in attendance. Martin Brundle and Sir Chris Hoy head up the field as Aston Martin showcase some of their greatest cars in the annual race, this year entering two Vulcans for the first time ever.
Aston Martin Racing Enter The Race
Aston Martin Racing have entered a number of Vantage GT1s, GT2s and a number of their most successful racing car, the V12 Vantage GT3. There will also be a 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship winning V8 Vantage GTE driven by Marco Sorensen’s brother, Lasse. However the main attractions will be the two 7 litre, V12 Aston Martin Vulcans that have been entered by AMR Performance centre from the Nurburgring in Germany.
Aston Martin Racing Festival
This is the third year running for the Aston Martin Racing Festival, the race itself is held on the same day as the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour race. The track will consist of the full La Sarthe circuit, with Brundle commenting that he “would never miss an chance to race on the full Le Mans circuit, I love that track.”
Celebrity Line Up
Brundle, the SKY F1 commentator, will be driving an Aston Martin Vantage GT4 with the multiple Olympic gold medallist, Sir Chris Hoy, his co-driver. Other celebrities in the line up include; ‘Bake-Off’ presenter Paul Hollywood, Prodrive Chairman David Richards, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer and Jamie Chadwick, who became the youngest driver to compete at the Nurburgring 24 hour race in May.
A celebration of Aston Martin Racing’s achievements since returning to the sport, the event will be a “tremendous experience, “ according to Chief Executive Andy Palmer and the thirty-nine cars that have been entered should put on quite a show. The drivers will by no means be putting down record laps, but with the cars that are being showcased, they will be hitting some top speeds and showcasing what they can do.
The race is 45-minutes long and VIP customers will get access to the paddock to view the cars and speak to their beloved owners, with champagne before and after the race. There will also be a guided ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the garage and entertainment throughout the day. Tickets for the event are £2500 per person for the VIP package, this will give you access to the track and private shuttles to and from the hospitality suite.
Fine food will be served throughout the race weekend and the VIP package will also grant you access to Aston Martin Racing’s hospitality suite for a closer view of the race action. The weekend is certainly a unique experience with unrivalled access to the action, with entry to the pit suite above the garage for a bird’s eye view of the team’s pit stops. The Package even includes and Aston Martin souvenir at the end.