After almost six-hours of racing in the 2013 Nurburgring 24 Hours race the Bilstein-liveried Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 remains in the lead after passing an Audi R8 to claim the top spot.
After starting the race from second on the grid, Aston Martin works driver, Allan Simonsen, passed the Phoenix Racing Audi R8 to claim the lead on lap 10 of the gruelling 24-hour endurance race.
The V12 Vantage GT3 was launched in 2011 after an extensive development program with various suppliers including suspension and steering experts Bilstein, who has been a long-time partner of Aston Martin.
The Vantage GT3 is powered by a modified version of the same 6.0-litre V12 engine as found in the production version of the Aston Martin Vantage.
The dry-sump powertrain generates more than 447kW with 700Nm of torque, but ADAC race regulations limit power output to 410kW.
Alongside the GT3 car, Aston is also running its close-to-production V12 Vantage racecar, as well as the high-tech Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S, which has already completed around 100 kilometres on pure hydrogen.
The Rapide S currently lies in 146th position (out of 175) with the goal of simply finishing the race with at least one complete lap from each 90-minute driver stint run on pure hydrogen.
CarAdvice is currently at the Nurburgring for this weekend’s race, which has been stopped due to heavy rain and fog, with race authorities unable to provide a time for the restart at this stage.