Some good news in an otherwise distraught motorsport business is that Dave Richards has decided that Aston Martin will take on Audi and Peugeot at Le Mans this year.
Celebrating their 50th anniversary of the companies only victory at the event, Dave Richards 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. It’s a leap of faith and a step into the unknown for us, it really is a David and Goliath exercise, but it is that British fighting spirit that we are going to give it a try and see what we can do.
“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. But one thing is for certain that unless you give it a go, you are not going to achieve anything.”
You can read the story and Q&A at Autosport.
Color me reactionary but this year is shaping up to be a great race. With the massive regulation changes to level the playing field between petrol and diesel powered cars, Aston may have an actual chance and winning. We’ll see.
This news come on the heels of a story that ran at the Times about Aston Martin being in breach of their bank obligations. You can see that story here.