Gaydon 28 June 2012 – Fresh from its podium finish at the 24 Hour of Le Mans, Aston Martin’s Vantage GTE will attend the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend to tackle its celebrated hillclimb course.

Aston Martin Vantage GTE

Driven by works driver Stefan Mücke – who makes up one-third of the factory team’s driver line-up – the car is sure to thrill festival-goers with the roar of its 4.5-litre V8 as it tears up the famous route at Goodwood House.

Making his Goodwood Festival of Speed debut, Stefan Mücke said: “I’m really looking forward to going to Goodwood for the first time. It’s an iconic event and it will be an honour to follow in the tyre tracks of so many famous and respected drivers.

“I’m also really proud to be doing it in the Le Mans podium-placed Vantage GTE. It’s a fantastic racing car and I’m sure it will provide a great show for the fans! I’ve heard a lot about Goodwood, so I’m really happy and excited to be there this year.”

David King, Head of Motorsport at Aston Martin, added: “This is a great opportunity for Aston Martin’s fans to see our new competition car up close and personal, and to watch it running at speed. The Festival attracts such a fantastic crowd of motoring and motorsport enthusiasts and each year it gets better and better, so we are very happy that our Vantage GTE can be part of it.”

Aston Martin Racing is contesting the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with its purpose-built Vantage GTE. This year marks a return to GT racing for the marque and has so far proved fruitful with the team having secured a podium on the car’s debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring, Florida, before claiming a third in class position at the 24 Hours of Le Mans just two weeks ago.

As part of Aston Martin’s extensive Goodwood Festival of Speed activities, the Vantage GTE will run at 10:10 hrs and 16:25 hrs on Friday 29 June, at 10:10 hrs and 16:05 hrs on Saturday 30 June and 10:10 hrs and 14:25 hrs on Sunday 1 July.