Aston Martin to honour Le Mans win

Aston Martin has announced it will be returning to the famous French racetrack Le Mans with two Works LMP1 cars bearing the iconic blue and orange livery of Gulf Oil.

The occasion marks the 50th anniversary of the firm's historic win at the renowned circuit, and is a bid to return the title to Britain while emulating the achievements of the 1959 DBR1, driven by Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori.

David Richards, Aston Martin chairman, said: "2009 is a hugely significant year for Aston Martin at Le Mans and the challenge of reclaiming victory in this famous race for Aston Martin and Great Britain was simply too great to ignore.

"However, we do not underestimate the task. While we have won the GT1 class for the last two years, competing against the proven speed and endurance of the diesel-powered cars with all their years of winning the prototype class, will be a massive undertaking."

The LMP1 car will be powered by a V12 engine, which has already proved successful enough to win races with a second successive Le Mans GT1 title with the DBR9.

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