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Le Mans 24 Hours racing(2012)
Aston Martin takes part in several 24-hour races to demonstrate their high performance and durability as GT car.
The season for the 24-hour races has arrived as they finish the severe cold winter and head into the spring in Europe.
The second race was the 24 Hours of Le Mans held on 16th and 17th of June.
The circuit is 13.629 km long with 38 curves and consists of both permanent track and public roads.
It is famous as a high-speed circuit where the cars could travel at more than 300 km/hour.
The ACO allowed 55 cars selected from all over the world including hybrid vehicle for the first time to be entered in this 80th memorial 24 Hours of Le Mans.
It was also Le Mans that accepted diesel racing cars for the first time.
Aston Martin entered a Vantage V8 into the GTE Pro category.
Ferrari entered even 4 cars into this category, and Corvette and Porch also entered.
In the beginning of the race, Aston and Corvette were involved in an exciting battle for the lead, which reminded me of 2005 Le Mans.
Aston Martin completed the race of 4,500 km and ended up in 3rd position following two Ferrari cars.
I would like to applaud form the bottom of my heart staff and drivers of Aston Martin for their excellent work under such severe conditions which had no tolerance for mistakes for 24 hours.
On the day before the race, I was invited to the golf event "GOLF DES 24 HEURES" hosted by ACO and Rolex.
It was a tournament of three-member teams with one professional in each team.
I participated as a member of Immun'Age team.
The golf course was right next to the Mulsanne corner of the circuit and it was a very beautiful course well separated by pine tree forest.
It was a luxurious moment to play golf to the sound of participating cars in Le Mans.
|We played as OSATO Immun' Age Team for Aston Martin Racing. How did the result turn out?||Because the course was right next to the Le Mans circuit, I was worried about the chance of hitting cars with a golf ball.|
|Both professional and amateur pared the first hole. Where is the next hole?||Being relaxed at the club house in front of the podium|
|At the Aston Martin Festival held before the 24-hour race
Who is the man next to me?
|OSATO Immun' Age car also ran at Le Mans with Dr. Pierre.|
|Who is this Michelin Man?
He is a director of Osato Research Institute. In front of the Hospitality
|In front of the Hospitality of this year's Le Mans|
|Quiet moment before the race||At the ceremony just before the race|
|Mr. and Mrs. Richards looked relaxed this year since the car was running well.||Beautiful sun set at Le Mans|
At 10:00 pm, 7 hours after the race started
|The best way to check the race is watching TV.||Display of T shirts with Immun'Age logo|
|It was fun planning for their 100th anniversary year of 2013 with CEO Dr. Bez||One hour before the end of the race|
Waiting together with Driver Darren and David King
|Hurry for the commendation ceremony of the 24 Hours of Le Mans||We were so proud of their podium.|
|The commendation ceremony was full of members of each team.
What a crowd of people!
|Mr. John Gaw, Managing Director Aston Martin Racing, also looks happy.|
|With drivers who finished on the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans!|
Darren also looks happy.