Awards Seal Aston Martin Racing’s Year

Aston Martin Racing closed 2009 by celebrating their successful season, attending ceremonies and picking up awards last week.

The hectic schedule began on Saturday, drivers Jan Charouz and Stefan Mucke travelling to Le Mans to pick up their trophies for winning the LMP1 class of the Le Mans Series they clinched in September at Silverstone with Tomas Enge, who was unable to collect his accolade in person as he was racing in the Czech Republic.

Team Principal George Howard-Chappell was also at Le Mans, receiving the award for the LMS winning team.

The following day Enge was reunited with his teammates as all three attended the Autosport Awards in London, where the Lola Aston Martin was nominated in the Racing Car of the Year category, though it lost out to the Brawn GP Formula One challenger.

The long weekend was complete on Monday with the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) awards. The driving trio received the Silverstone-Le Mans Challenge award, awarded for achieving the best combined results from the Silverstone 1000km LMS races and the Le Mans 24 Hours, where Charouz, Mucke and Enge (competing under the AMR Eastern Europe banner, though still in the 007 car) finished fourth overall, the best petrol powered car.

“2009 has been a fantastic year for the team and especially the drivers of the 007 car who performed consistently well all season,” said Howard-Chappell. “These awards are fitting recognition for the hard work of every member of the team.”