The FIA World Endurance Championship began the season with the Six Hours of Silverstone this weekend. Aston Martin Vantage GTEs crossed the finish line to take podium positions in both the GTE Am class and the GTE Pro class.

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Young Driver Vantage GTE #95 debuted their second season with a first place win in the GTE Am class. Close behind was #98 NorthWest with their Vantage GTE pulling a close second. In the Pro class, the Gulf #97, also an Aston Martin Vantage GTE, worked a hard race, often well behind the competition, to finally find a third place win after strong team strategy in changing weather paid off.

“We had a very difficult Friday and Saturday in practice and qualifying,” explains Darren Turner, #97 team driver. “The team found a small problem with the car and fixed it overnight, which gave us a bit more confidence and more pace in the car.”

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Silverstone was not so great for everyone, of course. Both of Audi’s e-Tron Quattro cars were pulled from the race after accidents took their toll. No drivers were hurt, though, and the team plans to make a big comeback at the next round of the FIA WEC when Spa-Francorchamps comes on May 3-4.

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