Nurburgring 24Hours Racing 2010
Stunning Debut of Rapide
Just as the coming of spring in Japan was two weeks late this year, it was still quite cold in Europe. The temperature in Nürburgring was only 3 degrees Celsius in the morning.
Because of the changeable weather with watery sky on the day before the race, the tires did not get warmed up enough and all the teams had a difficult time.
One of the Aston Martin's dual entries in SP8 Class was new four-door Rapide, which was released in May simultaneously all over the world. Aston Martin's CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez participated as one of the drivers. The other was V12 Vantage, the winner of last year. The race started at 15.00 CET on 15 May 2010, which was a brilliantly sunny day.
Until the last six hours of the race, V12 Vantage and Rapide remained in 1st and 3rd place in class, but suddenly V12 Vantage stopped in the middle of the circuit due to fuel pump issues.
Head of Motorsport, David King rushed to the Aston Martin DBS by driving the Cygnet and took the wheel of the DBS to get the V12 Vantage towed back to the pit. It was the moment when the DBS became the most expensive tow car in the world.
The 24-hour Nürburgring race came to end at 15.00 CET on 16 May 2010 with the victory of Lexus LFA under the prodding of Toyota Mortor's CEO, Mr. Akio Toyoda. Rapid and V12 Vantage took 2nd and 3rd place in class respectively.
Anyway, the silhouette of Rapide was so beautiful on the circuit.
|During the race, the test-ride event of Aston Martin was held as well.|
|The Cygnet came on the scene.
Wondering which is prettier?
|This is the Cygnet we keep hearing about!|
|Dinner party with Aston's head of motorsports and drivers the night before the race|
|Wife of Mr. Hayashi with Dr. Bez and David King||With Staffs assigned to Guest Service Stirring up fighting spirit before the start of 24-hour race|
|Final checks just before the race||V12 Vantage, that won last year, creates a beautiful contrast of green and black.|
|drivers of V12 Vantage||Saying "Hi" to the driver Wolfgang just before the race|
|Rapide on the starting grid
Beautiful front face of blue color
|Rapide is just so beautiful.|
It doesn't look like a four-door car.
|drivers of Rapide||Reunion with wife of Dr. Bez|
|Dr. Bez looks a little nervous.
This year, he is in a fashionable racing suit of blue color coordinated with Rapide.
|Driver as well as AstonMartin's Nürburgring Test Centre Director; Wolfgang and public relations officer; Kim|
|AstonMartin's head of motor sports; David King
He is a chief engineer at the factory.
|Yearly reunion with Aston Martin's reliable mechanics|
|The 24-hour race doesn't stop all though the night.||Midnight refueling|
|Pit stop of V12||This year, LEXUS LFA fights with its back to the wall with the super GT driver; Wakisaka.|
|Beautiful morning in Nürburgring after the long night||Changes of tires in the first light of the day|
|Snacks for the pit crews who fights for 24 hours||Taking short breaks|
|No matter who you are, never talk to me now!||I met Mr. Morizo for the first time in a year. He said he was just a cameraman this year.|
|One of the Rapide drivers; British journalist Matthew from Hong kong
I introduced him to Mr. morizo.
|This year, for Lexus LFA victory was a mandatory mission.|
|All the Lexus LFA team members were staring at the last pit stop. Congratulations to Victory in SP8 class!||Dr. Bez, waiting for his stint|
|Last pit stop before the goal
The car is now cleaned for the moment of the goal.
|Aston Martin missed a victory this time, but took 2nd and 3rd in class with amazing fights.|
They proved its ability and reliability as sports cars.
|The tough race is over!
|Beautiful smile of the team|
|Evaluation meeting with the team members||Making a toast with David King|
|Dr. Bez was happy with the result that Rapide took 2nd in class.|