The Drayson Racing team has secured the only entry for a GT2-spec Aston Martin V8 Vantage for the 2009 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The newly formed team will face a battle against Ferrari, Porsche and Spyker in the round the clock classic after the Automobile Club de L'Ouest officially revealed the lucky 55 cars to have secured an entry into the race during a press conference yesterday [Thursday].
The announcement that Drayson will compete in the event will see team owner Paul Drayson achieve his dream of competing at La Sarthe, although that dream looked like being quashed for long time due to the fact he has sight in only one eye.
However, a change to the regulations will allow him to line-up in the #87 entry for the summer classic along with regular partner Johnny Cocker, with the third driver for Le Mans set to be named at a later date. Rob Bell, who joins the team at Sebring and Petit Le Mans, is already committed to rivals JMW Motorsport for the race.
"I am honoured and delighted that Drayson Racing has been selected to compete in the world's greatest motor race,” Drayson said. “Doing so in an Aston Martin in the 50th anniversary year of their historic victory at Le Mans is a dream come true."
While Drayson and Cocker will both be making their Le Mans debuts, team manager Dale White has already tasted success in the event on more than one occasion, taking two wins while with the Petersen White Lightning team in 2003 and 2004.
"There are not words to describe how happy I am right now,” he said. “When I first met Paul, the first thing he told me was that racing at Le Mans was his objective; to win Le Mans his dream. Receiving the invitation from the ACO to race in this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans is the next step in helping Paul achieve his dream.
“When you think about the importance of this event and the magnitude of representing Aston Martin in the GT2 class; it is all very, very exciting. There is a lot of work ahead of us but knowing we are going to be racing in Le Mans with the Vantage GT2 and Michelin makes all the long hours worth the effort."