Aston's DBR1 returns to Le Mans

2012-06-14 12:09

Aston Martin’s 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1 will return to the Circuit de la Sarthe in France as part of a tribute to its deceased drivers Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori as well as the car's chief engineer Ted Cutting.

The iconic DBR1 will travel to Le Mans in 2012 where it will be on display outside Aston Martin’s suite at the Parc du Raccordement. The factory-entered No. 97 and No. 99 Vantage GTEs racing over June 15-17 will both carry a commemorative plaque.

Drivers will also carry the initials of Shelby and Salvadori, and the number 59, on their helmets.


Aston Martin’s head of motorsport, David King, said: “We were deeply saddened by the loss of Carroll, Roy and Ted. They all played a hugely important role in Aston Martin’s racing history and will forever remain part of the company’s heritage. To mark their passing, we felt it fitting to return their car to the scene of its greatest victory.

The British automaker's official entry into the Aston Martin Racing Festival of Le Mans, the V12 Zagato driven by CEO Ulrich Bez, will switch from its usual 005 designation to 59.

The Festival of Le Mans is an exclusive single-marque event and will see a total of 30 GT1, GT2, GT3 and GT4 racers competing for 45 minutes in the largest display of Aston Martin-built race cars yet. The race will be held on June 16.

Aston Martin has also produced a video tribute to Shelby, Salvadori and Cutting using original footage from the 1959 Le Mans race. In the  silent film you can the drivers arriving at the track, racing the DRB1 around the Circuit de la Sarthe and winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Watch the video below: