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Old 5 May 2004, 15:56 (Ref:961623)   #1
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Aston Martin a GT/N-GT Car!!!

well DSC interviewed an aston martin exec. and he said that the prodrive aston martin will not be a gts car!!! well, as much as i love to see someone take the fight to the porkas, a gts aston martim would have been a lot cooler...
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Old 5 May 2004, 16:09 (Ref:961637)   #2
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I'm just glad to see Aston Martin back...period....regardless of class...

But GTS would have been nice, wouldn't it????
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Old 5 May 2004, 16:18 (Ref:961649)   #3
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They were talking about GTS ( more supercars) in 2001. But Ford MC didn't want the project to go on.
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Old 5 May 2004, 17:12 (Ref:961687)   #4
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i guess that for the forseeable future its going to be 550 vs. 575 vs. saleen vs. lambo vs. maserati vs. mosler? vs. corvette in the gts class at lemans/lmes/alms and 550 vs. 575 vs. saleen vs. lambo vs. maserati vs. lister in fia gt... not too bad i guess
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Old 5 May 2004, 18:12 (Ref:961768)   #5
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JAG should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridJAG should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridJAG should be qualifying in the top 3 on the grid
Shows the impact of the MC12 doesn't it.

Also kills the idea of an FIA GT World Championship stone dead, if the reduced fields this year weren't enough.

The first car is ACO spec also, and the team could race anywhere, LMES, ALMS, FIA GT. Nothings set in stone.

I'm just glad there will be an alternative to the 911 and 360 for customer GT teams.

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Old 5 May 2004, 18:16 (Ref:961772)   #6
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GT or GTS doesn't bother me, it just great to see the Aston Martin name back on race track.
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Old 5 May 2004, 18:19 (Ref:961776)   #7
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The GTS field is pretty crowded with regard to customer GTS cars. This way we will see lots of DB9s competing in GT, rather than 1 or 2 in GTS.
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Old 5 May 2004, 18:42 (Ref:961801)   #8
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But if you want to win races in FIA GT you need a GT and not a N-GT (ok, except for Spa 24h 2003). I think thats the reason why more and more teams in FIA GT chose for GT cars. After all winning a race is better than winning in a class of a race. For Le Mans/LMES/ALMS its less important. To win the GTS class or the GT class is about the same.

I was hoping that the Aston Martin would be a LM GTS/FIA GT car. To compete with the "big boys". But more important is the fact that they are there.
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Old 5 May 2004, 18:53 (Ref:961809)   #9
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FIA GT may not be the focus anymore.
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Old 5 May 2004, 19:09 (Ref:961826)   #10
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Shows the impact of the MC12 doesn't it.
I'm not so sure that it does on this occassion. Aston have been talking about going into the lower category for some time, although I must admit that I was hoping for a full-blown GT(S) car. Astons really should be in the bigger class, but it is good to see them back at all.
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Old 5 May 2004, 19:16 (Ref:961833)   #11
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Why would Prodrive want to compete with their 550? Well I guess if Aston paid them enough. Maybe that was part of the deal, prodrive insisted the Aston doesn't compete with the GTS car they turned out so well.
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Old 5 May 2004, 19:24 (Ref:961848)   #12
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It was intended for GTS but Aston were concerned about the potential pace of the supercars against conventional GTS cars.
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Old 5 May 2004, 19:50 (Ref:961870)   #13
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I guess this means no ALMS GT Mustang?
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FIA GT is NOT the focus
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Old 5 May 2004, 21:48 (Ref:962004)   #15
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FIA GT is NOT the focus
LM, LMES, ALMS.

When the car (GTS) was originally announced wsn't FIA GT the focus. Ratel was talking as though it was set in stone a few months back:confused:
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