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Published on June 21st, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Aston Martin Leave Le Mans as WEC Manufacturer’s Leader

After running a near-faultless race, both the #95 and #97 GTE Pro entries finished in fifth and sixth place respectively. With the team focused on ensuring a safe and steady pace throughout the early stages of the race and throughout the night, each of the entries were tasked to make progress at dawn.

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The #95 Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GTE, driven by Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen and Darren Turner finished fifth, having given a spirited fight to its rivals and stayed in podium contention through the night. However, the cruel nature of Le Mans struck as Turner suffered a right rear puncture in the 20th hour, caused by debris on track.

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Turner said following the race: “That’s probably been one of the most straightforward races for the team. The car’s run like complete clockwork all the way through. The only drama we had was a late puncture. The guys have done a great job with the strategy and the mechanics have been amazing in the pitstops. I’m just very proud that both GTE Pro cars have made it to the finish.”

The #97 GTE Pro entry, driven by Richie Stanaway, Fernando Rees and Jonny Adam, executed the strategy to perfection to finish sixth.

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The result brings vital points in the crucial title fight and provides Aston Martin Racing a nine point lead in the FIA WEC Endurance Cup for GT Manufacturers.

Aston Martin Racing also starred in GTE Am with the #98 V8 Vantage GTE of Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy leading into the night before eventually retiring with a mechanical failure heartbreakingly close to the finish.

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Aston Martin Racing will be in action at the FIA World Endurance Championship’s third round; the Six Hours of Nürburgring on Sunday 24 July.

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