By   June 8, 2015

The Le Mans-winning DBR9

The Le Mans-winning DBR9

This coming weekend is the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The legendary endurance race should be a good one across the range of classes. Aston Martin should be very competitive in the GTE class and the English luxury performance car maker has a special event before the race to get fans excited.

On June 13th, the day of the start of the 24 Hour competition, over 40 Aston Martins will take the Circuit de la Sarthe for a 45 minute race. The Aston Martin Le Mans Festival will be a chance to see a race grid comprised of more than 40 LMP1s, GT1s, GT2s, GT3s and GT4s.

For more about the Aston Martin Le Mans Festival click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article).

CEO Dr Andy Palmer will be driving an Aston Martin Vantage GT12 in the race. Among other great competition cars from the automaker, Mr. Palmer will be along side the Le Mans-winning DBR9.

Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: “This Festival race is a superb celebration of Aston Martin Racing’s achievements over the last decade. Seeing so many of our iconic sports cars in action in one place is sure to provide the Le Mans crowds – many of whom are confirmed fans of our brand – with a memory to treasure.”

“It’s great to have Michelin as our title sponsor,” said Andrew Williamson. “Our relationship with the brand is going from strength-to-strength. Our five Vantage GTEs will compete on their tyres in the main race and now Aston Martin’s Vulcan and Vantage GT12 track-inspired cars will also be equipped with Michelin tyres, designed and engineered from years of experience in endurance racing.

“These relationships are essential to our success. We are here celebrating eleven years of Aston Martin Racing and some of our partners, such as our fuel tank supplier ATL, have been with us since day one.”

The Aston Martin Le Mans Festival starts at 11:15 local time on Saturday June 13th, just before the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Coverage of the race will be available on Motors TV towards the end of July for those in Europe, but no US coverage is currently available.