Using Gulf Oil’s distinctive blue and orange livery, Aston Martin has released pictures of its 2008 Le Mans challenging GT1 car, the DBR9.
Gulf’s first victory at the historic 24-hour race was in 1968, so it’s appropriate that 40 years on, the company teams up with Aston Martin to have a crack at the world’s most famous endurance race.
“This is arguably the most important year ever for Gulf in motorsport.” said Alain Dujean, Gulf Oil vice president international. “The famous Gulf racing colours first tasted victory at Le Mans in 1968, so 2008 already had great significance for us, but for Gulf to have joined up with Aston Martin Racing for this year is fantastic – the coming together of two great automotive names, for what I hope will be a long and fruitful partnership.”
David Richards, chairman of Aston Martin, said: “Endurance racing is engrained in the heritage of both Gulf and Aston Martin and we have also both been intrinsically linked through Le Mans for many decades. It was perhaps destined that, in the year we defend our GT1 title and Gulf celebrates the 40th anniversary of its win, we would finally race together at La Sarthe.”
And the numbers of the cars entered? Yes, you guessed it, 007 and 009.