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by Tim Beissmann

Aston Martin Racing and Gulf have revealed the winning livery that will adorn one of its contenders at this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The design, created by Jonathan Wesley from the UK, is said to be inspired by the change in atmosphere as day turns to night during the epic 24-hour race.

Drivers Darren Turner, Stefan Mucke and Peter Dumbreck selected Wesley’s striking design from hundreds of competition entries to become the livery of their #97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE Le Mans racer.


Wesley will now attend the race weekend as a VIP guest of Gulf to witness his winning design compete in the 90th edition of one of the world’s most famous motorsport events.

“I loved the chance of being able to design a Gulf Aston Martin,” Wesley said.

“I was just sketching a few thoughts out and I liked the idea of the car being a different colour on both sides. I thought about the Gulf corporate colours – dark blue, light blue, orange and white – and I came up with the idea of ‘daylight to dusk’, which to me is the most exciting part of the race.

“So it moves from the white with the broad orange stripe dividing things to the dark blue of the night. The orange and blue lines represent the streaks that you often see in photos of the cars at night and the whole design sort of summed up the essence of Le Mans to me.”


Gulf has teamed with Aston Martin Racing for the past five years, and has signed a further three-year deal to extend the partnership.

The #97 car is the only one of five Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTEs competing in the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hour to be decorated with Wesley’s winning design. The car made its track debut on the Circuit de la Sarthe at the first free practice session overnight.