Aston Martin Racing has added another chapter to the DBR9’s seven-year success story as it clinched the FIA GT1 World Championship title in exciting fashion in Argentina on Sunday.
The GT1 series reached a dramatic climax at the Lago Potrero de los Funes circuit with the #3 Aston Martin DB9R racer from Hexis AMR scoring a strong podium result in the season finale.
The #4 Hexis AMR DBR9 finished in fifth, propelling the team to the top of the Team standings and World Championship glory.
The enduring quality of the Aston Martin DBR9 (which made its competitive debut in 2005 and went on to score back-to-back class victories in the 2007 and 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours) was further demonstrated by Young Driver AMR, which finished the championship in third, just four points behind newly-crowned Hexis AMR.
In the season-ending race, the Hexis AMR DBR9 of Clivio Piccione (MC) and Stef Dusseldorp (NL) avoided a first lap pile-up to finish third overall.
Team-mates Christian Hohenadel (D) and Andrea Piccini (IT) also dodged the early carnage to cross the finish line in fifth after 22 laps of the 3.89-mile circuit.
Hexis AMR arrived in San Luis 32 points off the lead with apparently slim title hopes, but the strong showing in the race was enough to snatch the World Championship by three points ahead of the closest rival.
Philippe Dumas, Hexis AMR Team Principal, said: "It’s just an incredible moment. It seems everyone in the paddock is happy we took the World Championship. We never gave up believing that the title was still within reach.
Hexis AMR’s championship success comes a year after the French outfit finished second in the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship Teams’ standings.
Over the course of the 20-race FIA GT1 World Championship season, the pair of Aston Martin Racing partner teams scored five race wins between them and a total of 22 podiums, adding to the DBR9’s remarkable run of success in GT racing.
Young Driver AMR had led the Teams’ title race heading into the final round of the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship season, but an incident in a practice session reduced the outfit to a single car for the remainder of the weekend, hampering the team’s title aspirations.
Stefan Mücke (D) and Darren Turner (GBR) finished the season as runners-up in the Drivers’ standings despite having been sidelined for the final round. Team-mates Tomáš Enge (CZE) and Alex Müller (D) were in fourth position.
Having clinched second in the Drivers’ standings, Turner said: “I’m very pleased to finish this season in the runner-up spot. It has been a difficult year with many ups and downs, so to finish second is a great result. The team did a tremendous job this year and winning the championship would have been the icing on the cake.