On 21st and 22nd February, Aston Martin Winter test session was held in Portimao, Portugalin which 16 Vintage based GTE, GT3 and GT4 race cars participated and ran through 4.7 kilometer long circuit in preparation for the upcoming WEC event. The track received positive words from drivers for its demanding and its smooth wave-like feel while driving. This was the first private test session at this track by Aston Martin as a preparation step to test the performance of its three FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) V8 vintage race cars. The long standing drivers of Aston Martin’s V8 Vintage GTEs, Darren Turner (GB) and Stefan Mücke (DE) and the competent workforce worked hard for the performance of the Gulf-Liveried # 97 for 25 hours a day and even night time testing to make it ready for the extremely demanding and challenging upcoming WEC season.
The identical #99 GTE-Pro and the #95 GTE-Am joined the Gulf-liveried #97 to prepare itself for the season ahead. At the track Aston Martin tested their new drivers for the two identical cars that are not unveiled yet and is expected to unveil later this week. Darren Turner Commented about the race “Testing has gone really well. It’s going to be a really tough year in the WEC so we have to go into the first round fully prepared and with the aim of taking away as many points as possible. We tried some new set-ups in our car and helped the new drivers to the team get to grips with the #99 Vantage GTE.”
The team Principal at Aston Martin, John Gaw also commented on the test session of the vintage race cars “The winter test session is a fantastic opportunity for our customer teams to prepare their cars alongside our works team and in warmer conditions than in the UK or Northern Europe”.