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Big year for Martin at Le Mans

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Aston Martin is attempting to mark the 50th anniversary of its historic outright win at Le Mans by bringing the title back to Britain.

The iconic car maker will present two Works LMP1 cars bearing Gulf Oil`s blue and orange livery to run at the famous French circuit in a bid to emulate the legendary achievements of the 1959 DBR1 - driven by Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori

Aston Martin chairman David Richards said this year at Le Mans was "hugely significant" for the company and attempting to steal victory was "too great to ignore".

"However, we do not underestimate the task," he said. "While we have won the GT1 class for the last two years, competing against the proven speed and endurance of the diesel-powered cars with all their years of winning the prototype class will be a massive undertaking.

"Nonetheless, I see this as a great opportunity to showcase the ingenuity of British engineering talent."

The new car, which is based on the 2008 Charouz Racing System Lola, will feature the same Aston Martin V12 engine which lead the car maker to its second successive Le Mans GT1 title last year with the DBR9.

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