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MOTORSPORT: Far East joy for Aston Martin
1:00pm Saturday 3rd November 2012 in Sport
Banbury's Aston Martin Racing team scored a dominant class victory in the Six Hours of Shanghai to take their first win of the year.
Chacombe driver Darren Turner and Stefan Mücke had what amounted to a perfect weekend after qualifying in pole position and finishing 52 seconds ahead of the second-placed No 77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche.
The Anglo-German duo had a trouble-free run in the No 97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, but it certainly wasn’t a walk in the park.
Both the Porsche and the No 52 AF Corse Ferrari had turns at the head of the classification during Sunday’s six-hour race, but a faultless run and good pit work saw Aston Martin prevail.
The result allowed Aston Martin Racing to secure second place in the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Pro teams in front of their German rivals.
In LMGTE Pro, AF Corse and Ferrari had sealed the LMGTE Manufacturers’ World Cup weeks ago.