Aston Martin Race At Brands To Mark Centenary Celebration


More than one hundred Aston Martin racing cars will grace Brands Hatch in the summer for a special two-day event to mark the historic marque’s centenary celebrations.

Models ranging from 1922, the year they first fielded two cars at the French Grand Prix, will gather for the two-day race series in Kent on July 6-7.

The brand has an impressive sportscar pedigree, including multiple wins at Le Mans (outright victory in 1959), the World Sportscar Championship the same year and most recently the Le Mans Series title in 2009.

Both the Indy and Grand Prix circuit configurations will used and two special centenary races are also planned.

The first will cover the pre-war era to the mid 1960s, and the second open to all Astons from the mid-sixties, including the latest Aston Martin GT1, GTE, GT3 and GT4 cars in a single race on the Grand Prix circuit.

The weekend will also feature two rounds of the 2013 Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain.

David Richards, chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “Brands Hatch has played an important part in Aston Martin’s racing history so is a fitting venue for one of the key events in our year of centenary celebrations.

“Legendary drivers such as Graham Hill, Jack Sears and Innes Ireland all raced at Brands Hatch in Aston Martin cars and the atmospheric Kent circuit will provide a wonderful arena for our competition and road cars to participate in what I’m sure will be a superb weekend.”

There also be a display of the history of 007’s Aston Martin cars, in recognition of the marque’s connection with James Bond, from the DB5’s first appearance in Goldfinger in 1964 to its most recent appearance in Skyfall.

Jonathan Palmer, chief executive of Motorsport Vision, who own the circuit, added: “Aston Martin is an incredible brand that is synonymous with quintessentially British sports cars, famous for an enviable pedigree from James Bond 007, royal patronage and Le Mans motor racing success.

“With a great range of ever-evolving road cars, Aston Martin makes products that are more desirable than ever and we believe a record number of their sports cars will be present at the Brands Hatch Centenary Meeting.”