Monterey

18-19 August 2017

2006 Aston Martin DBR9

  • Chassis no. DBR9/9

Without Reserve


Please note that this lot is offered on a Bill of Sale.

  • Offered from the original private owner
  • Led Aston Martin Racing BMS to a 2nd place GT1 Championship finish
  • Presented in exceptional condition throughout
  • Offered with its original chassis tub


Born of the burgeoning production-based GT class in Europe and America, and marking Aston Martin’s first return to international racing since the Group C AMR1 in 1989, the DBR9 took a remarkable victory on its 2005 debut in the arduous 12 Hours of Sebring. Upsetting the favoured and tried and tested Chevrolet applecart by beating the new Corvette C6.Rs, the striking British machine finished 4th overall and 1st in the GT1 class. It topped it all by setting the fastest lap. The Chevrolets took 2nd and 3rd. It was a remarkable result, given that Aston Martin Racing was merely hoping to finish the event in what was a test and development year.

Initial development of the DBR9 began in mid-2004. Based on the road car, it was the result of what has remained an enduring partnership between Aston Martin and Banbury, England-based Prodrive. This renowned race/rally preparation specialist was founded and owned by ex-World Rally Champion navigator David Richards, with AMR wholly owned by Prodrive and solely responsible for design, development, and management of the racing programme.

The DB9’s extruded aluminum/composite chassis was modified to incorporate a Prodrive-designed rear subframe and a high-strength multi-tubular frame/roll cage, over which the body panels, all formed in carbon fiber composite, save for an aluminum roof, were fitted, with the rear and side windows formed in polycarbonate. Aerodynamic modifications included an additional air intake and front splitter at the front, a flat floor, and a high wing and diffuser at the rear. The suspension, double wishbones, and coil springs all around, was suitably stiffened and lowered, with braking courtesy of 13-inch ventilated, ceramic Brembo discs and six-pot calipers front and rear. It was powered by a 625-bhp (550 foot-pounds) version of the DB9’s 5,935-cc (but with a never published marginal increase in bore and stroke), quad-camshaft, all-alloy V-12 engine, mated to a six-speed, sequential Xtrac transaxle. Overall weight was 1,100 kg (2,425 lbs.), the minimum allowed in GT1, a substantial reduction against the DB9’s 1,710 kg (3,769 lbs.)

Chassis numbering was designed to reflect that of the 1950s DB3S sports-racer, with Works cars using DBR9/1 to DBR/10 and customer cars DBR9/101 to DBR9/109.

For 2006 and 2007, there were two officially Works-backed teams, Larbre Competition and BMS Scuderia Italia, the former’s task to run in the Le Mans Endurance Series and the latter’s to contest the FIA GT Championship. AMR itself concentrated mainly on the Le Mans 24 Hours, while also taking in selected international events; the main opposition would come from Ferrari 550/575 M Maranellos, Maserati MC12s, Chevrolet Corvette C6.Rs, and Saleen S7Rs.

One of four AMR BMS chassis, DBR9/9 was uniquely equipped with a data acquisition system to facilitate tire development. As is the practice with many Works cars in GT racing to this day, the current private owner bought chassis DBR9/9 prior to its first race, on the basis that he would take possession of it in race-ready, refurbished condition once its racing career was over.

In 2006, Aston Martin Racing BMS would finish 2nd in the GT1 Teams Championship, aided in no small part by the tremendous performance of chassis DBR9/9, which finished 3rd in Silverstone’s prestigious three-hour RAC Tourist Trophy on its race debut. Fabio Babini/Fabrizio Gollin also took 3rd at the Brno 500 KM, with Babini/Mateo Malucelli repeating the position at the Hungaroring 500 KM. Meanwhile in the LMES, AMR Larbre took both the GT1 Team and Drivers’ Championships, further emphasising the DBR9’s front-running pace.

The following season saw DBR9/9 take 6th in class at Le Mans with Babini/Jamie Davies/Malucelli, backing up AMR’s class winner, AMR Larbre’s 3rd in class and AMR’s 4th place finish. This was an exceptional result for Aston Martin in the world’s most gruelling endurance race, in which all six DBR9s entered finished. DBR9/9 also took 3rd place at the Oschersleben Two Hours with Davies/Babini. However, at the following Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours, its racing career ended when it suffered a major crash. Afterwards, it was totally rebuilt with a new chassis, complete with fully refreshed engine, transmission, and running gear. The current owner took possession of DBR9/9 in 2008—to whom the original chassis was also supplied—and it has since remained in his collection.

Unused since, apart from a biannual start-up and check-over by AMR BMS, this ex-Works Aston Martin remains in immaculate condition. One of only 10 Works DBR9s built, with an impressive race record that includes four FIA GT Championship podium places at some of the greatest and most demanding circuits in the world, DBR9/9 is worthy of any great racing car collection.

Rarely does one get a chance to buy such a magnificent factory race car— especially one linked to a team that continues to dominate the track. A truly exceptional Aston Martin—and a model that took numerous victories and podium finishes right up until the GT1 class ended in 2011—DBR9/9 comes with its original chassis and spares, including a front spoiler, a set of wheels, and two ceramic disc brakes.

This Aston Martin would be highly competitive, after suitable race preparation, in any historic event for which it is eligible, including the new Le Mans Legends Series for 1995–2011 sports and GT cars, which includes a GT1/GT2 class and, following a pilot race at Spa-Francorchamps this September, begins in 2018.




DATEEVENTRACE #DRIVERSRESULT
7-May-2006RAC Tourist Trophy, Silverstone23Babini/Gollin3rd
28-May-2006Brno 500 KM23Babini/Gollin3rd
17-18-Jun-2006Le Mans 24 Hours69Babini/Gollin/PescatoriRetired
3-Sep-2006Dijon 500 KM23Babini/Gollin6th
17-Sep-2006Mugello 500 KM23Babini/Pescatori5th
1-Oct-2006Budapest 500 KM23Babini/Malucelli3rd
15-Oct-2006Adria 500 KM23Babini/Pescatori4th
18-Nov-2006Dubai 500 KM23Babini/Malucelli4th
25-Mar-2007Zhuhai 2 Hours23Babini/Davies4th
6-May-2007RAC Tourist Trophy, Silverstone23Babini/Davies7th
20-May-2007Bucharest 2 Hours23Babini/Davies9th
16-17-Jun-2007Le Mans 24 Hours100Babini/Davies/Malucelli11th OA, 6th IC
24-Jun-2007Monza 2 Hours23Babini/Davies6th
8-Jul-2007Oschersleben 2 Hours23Babini/Davies3rd
28-29-Jul-2007Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours23Babini/Davies/Alessi/MonfardiniRetired

Addendum

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