Aston Martin V12 Zagato Racer Completes First Tests at Nurburgring

With such a positive feedback received by the road version of the newly developed Aston Martin V12 Zagato, everybody was waiting to see how will the endurance race car concept will do at its first test running at the Nordschleife the past weekend. The Zagato entered the four-hour ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN race, amongst more than 150 other competitors.

Joining the new V12 Zagato in the race were four other Aston Martins, including the factory supported V8 Vantage (‘Smurf’) and V12 Vantage (Kermit).

Following further development work in the UK, Aston Martin’s pair of new V12 Zagato’s will return to the Nurburgring on June 11, competing in the next ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN race.
This forms part of vital preparations ahead of a two-car V12 Zagato entry at the Nurburgring 24-hour race in late June.

“For V12 Zagato today was all about working on our race setup and developing the car ahead of the 24-hour race. Clearly, the car is still in the very early stages of development having only been unveiled a week ago and it was important for us to take as much learning and data as possible from today and give our drivers chance to familiarize themselves with the car,” stated Aston Martin’s Head of Motorsport, David King.

“In terms of our other runners, the V12 Vantage was very unfortunate to be caught up in an incident on the first lap but managed to limp to the pits where the team heroically made the necessary repairs to get it running and back in the race. Today’s major highlight though proved our V8 Vantage with Darren (Turner) and Jurgen (Stumpf) who drove superbly to a second in class finish,”
added King.
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