It's the last race for the Aston Martin Vantage GTE this weekend as it's getting replaced next season
The Aston Martin Vantage GTE has been racing in the WEC since 2012, but after this season it’s finally being pensioned off as a new version of the car replaces it in GTE-Pro in 2018 (although it will continue to compete in GTE-AM).
To celebrate six seasons of service, Aston Martin Racing has given all three of its cars a special celebration livery for the final race of 2017, which takes place this weekend in Bahrain.
The livery looks back on some of the stand-out moments and success of the car’s career. Narrowing it down must have been tricky, because Aston Martin Racing has had an absolute ton of success with the car over the years as a constant stream of updates has kept it competitive.
Across both classes, the car has won 36 races, clinched 50 pole positions, and won four championships. There was also a dramatic and memorable class victory at Le Mans this year, which saw the team take the lead with just minutes to go.
Although the championship is out of reach for Aston Martin in GTE-Pro, the No.98 GTE-Am driver lineup of Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda, and Paul Dalla Lana have a 10-point lead and are strong favourites to win the title.