Le Mans 24 Hours Racing

2012Le Mans 24 Hours Racing

Le Mans 24 Hours Racing 2012


Aston Martin takes part in several 24-hour races to demonstrate their high performance and durability as GT car.

The season for the 24-hour races has arrived as they finish the severe cold winter and head into the spring in Europe.


The second race was the 24 Hours of Le Mans held on 16th and 17th of June.

The circuit is 13.629 km long with 38 curves and consists of both permanent track and public roads.

It is famous as a high-speed circuit where the cars could travel at more than 300 km/hour.

The ACO allowed 55 cars selected from all over the world including hybrid vehicle for the first time to be entered in this 80th memorial 24 Hours of Le Mans.

It was also Le Mans that accepted diesel racing cars for the first time.

Aston Martin entered a Vantage V8 into the GTE Pro category.


Ferrari entered even 4 cars into this category, and Corvette and Porch also entered.

In the beginning of the race, Aston and Corvette were involved in an exciting battle for the lead, which reminded me of 2005 Le Mans.

Aston Martin completed the race of 4,500 km and ended up in 3rd position following two Ferrari cars.

I would like to applaud form the bottom of my heart staff and drivers of Aston Martin for their excellent work under such severe conditions which had no tolerance for mistakes for 24 hours.


On the day before the race, I was invited to the golf event "GOLF DES 24 HEURES" hosted by ACO and Rolex.

It was a tournament of three-member teams with one professional in each team.

I participated as a member of Immun'Age team.

The golf course was right next to the Mulsanne corner of the circuit and it was a very beautiful course well separated by pine tree forest.

It was a luxurious moment to play golf to the sound of participating cars in Le Mans.

Le_Man_01.JPGWe played as OSATO Immun' Age Team for Aston Martin Racing. How did the result turn out? Le_Man_02.JPGBecause the course was right next to the Le Mans circuit, I was worried about the chance of hitting cars with a golf ball.
Le_Man_03.JPGBoth professional and amateur pared the first hole. Where is the next hole? Le_Man_04.JPGBeing relaxed at the club house in front of the podium
Le_Man_09.JPGAt the Aston Martin Festival held before the 24-hour race
Who is the man next to me?
Le_Man_11.JPGOSATO Immun' Age car also ran at Le Mans with Dr. Pierre.
Le_Man_10.JPGWho is this Michelin Man?
He is a director of Osato Research Institute. In front of the Hospitality
Le_Man_14.JPGIn front of the Hospitality of this year's Le Mans
Le_Man_08.JPGQuiet moment before the race Le_Man_12.JPGAt the ceremony just before the race
Le_Man_06.JPGMr. and Mrs. Richards looked relaxed this year since the car was running well. Le_Man_05.JPGBeautiful sun set at Le Mans
At 10:00 pm, 7 hours after the race started
Le_Man_07.JPGThe best way to check the race is watching TV. Le_Man_15.JPGDisplay of T shirts with Immun'Age logo
Le_Man_13.JPGIt was fun planning for their 100th anniversary year of 2013 with CEO Dr. Bez Le_Man_16.JPGOne hour before the end of the race Waiting together with Driver Darren and David King
Le_Man_19.JPGHurry for the commendation ceremony of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Le_Man_17.JPGWe were so proud of their podium.
Great achievement!
Le_Man_20.JPGThe commendation ceremony was full of members of each team.
What a crowd of people!
Le_Man_18.JPGMr. John Gaw, Managing Director Aston Martin Racing, also looks happy.
Le_Man_21.JPGWith drivers who finished on the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans!
Darren also looks happy.

Le Mans 24 Hours Racing