‘British sportscar engineering excellence at full throttle.’ That’s the expectation when a triple helping of Aston Martin DBRS9s and Lotus Exiges debut in the Avon Tyres British GT next weekend at Donington Park (21st May).

Despite being worlds apart in terms of capacity, size and weight, the two British built models will be more or less equal on the track, with the Astons overwhelming horsepower advantage trading off against the Exige’s nimbleness and cornering speed.

The svelte DBRS9s will pack an almighty 500bhp punch and can accelerate to 60mph in less than 4 seconds. But weighing in at just 750 KG, the Norfolk built Lotus can make up for its power deficit in the corners and under braking, against the 1200KG Aston.

The cars from Aston Martin and Lotus will be joined by a brand new Porsche 997 from TrackSpeed, who currently run three Porsche 996 cars in the GTC category. Porsches have been a mainstay of the British GT championship for years, but this will be the first time that the latest Stuttgart manufactured offering has competed. The GT3 category is new for 2006 and will run alongside the more established GT2 and GTC classes to make up a 30-car grid at Donington.

Welcoming the arrival of the two British favourites to the grid, Avon Tyres Motorsport Director, Julian Baldwin says: “GTs have always been about great racing combined with an eclectic mix of models and manufacturers.

“To have Lotus and Aston Martin added to the ten other manufacturers starting is fantastic news and I personally look forward to hearing the DBRS9’s sonorous V12 engine at maximum revs on the Donington pit straight.”

As well as the Avon Tyres British GT race, spectators at Donington Park will also catch a glimpse of tomorrow\\\'s F1 Stars in the Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series. Bruno Senna, nephew of the late Ayrton, currently leads the single seater series.

Further thrills and spills will be served up by the Caterham Superlight Championship, UK Formula Ford and Volkswagen Racing Cup.


For further information please contact:

Gareth Dean or Andy Francis
Performance PR
Tel: 0208 541 3434

Driver Line-ups:
Barwell Motorsport, Aston Martin DBRS9

Car 66 Tom Alexander, Bath (46)
Michael Bentwood, Manchester (28)

Car 33 Leo Machitski, Holland Park, (23)
Piers Johnson, St. Albans, (36)

Car (Number TBC)Paul Drayson, London
Driver TBC

LotusSport Cadena, Lotus Sport Exige GT3

Car 18 Paul Whight, Henley-on-Thames
Chris Randall, Henley-on-Thames (26)

Car 19 Barrie Whight, Shenfield (29)
Gavan Kershaw, Carleton Rode, (34)

Car 20 George Mackintosh, Islington
Sam Blogg, Sandhurst, (21)

TrackSpeed Porsche 997

TBCDanny Watts, Milton Keynes (25)
Rory Fordyce

For further information, photography or to arrange interviews please contact:

Gareth Dean
Performance PR
Telephone: 0208 541 3554

Notes to Editors:
Avon Tyres is proud to boast a long and continued association with motor sport, spanning more than six decades. From grass roots, to international racing, Avon has encouraged, supported and developed motor sport through sponsorship, technical guidance and being official supplier to a vast array of championships – both on two-wheels and four.

1950s- Avon Tyres first appear in Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race.
1957 - Avon Tyres debut in motorcycle racing. From 1958 to 1963, every solo motorcycle champion competes on Avon Tyres.
1981 - Avon Tyres joins forces with International Race Tyre Services to enter the race tyre market.
1982 - Awarded three-year contract to be official tyre supplier to British Formula Three. The relationship continues to this day.
1983 - Avon Racing formed to further design, develop and sell racing tyres internationally.
1986 - Start of association with International Formula 3000. Contract held until the series ended in 2004.

Posted on 18th May, 2006

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