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Scalextric Aston Martin DBR9 - Le Mans 2008
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C4316 Aston Martin DBR9 - Gulf Edition - ROFGO 'Dirty Girl'. RRP £49.99. Scheduled autumn 2022.

Scalextric's DBR9 first appeared way back in 2006. It has been well used in the past sixteen years, updated to a Digital Plug ready (DPR) chassis and recently gained a new lease of life in the ROFGO Collection Gulf special edition releases. Scalextric have a good relationship with ROFGO - which houses a magnificent collection of mostly Gulf-sponsored racing cars. This latest addition to the Scalextric Gulf series is a replica of one of the DBR9s in the ROFGO collection, one that has been left with the muck and racing scars that adorned the car after finishing the 2008 Le Mans 24 hours - its final race. These pictures are of the ROFGO car...

       

The GT1 DBR9 - developed by Prodrive from the DB9 road car - returned Aston Martin to the top step of the podium at Le Mans. Carol Shelby and Roy Salvadori's 1959 overall win in the DBR1 was followed 48 years later by a GT1 class win for David Brabham, Darren Turner and Rickard Rydell in a DBR9 painted in the same metallic British Racing Green. For 2008, the factory DBR9s were painted in Gulf colours...

       

Chassis #8 - which was carried the 009 number at Le Mans in 2008 - had been built in 2006 and was raced in that year's American Le Mans Series by Stéphane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy, picking up four class wins. The car then returned to Europe where it was driven by Fabio Babini and Jamie Davies in the 2007 FIA GT Championship. Rebuilt  for Le Mans in 2008, chassis #8 finished top GT1 car in the official test day at La Sarthe...

       

Driven by Antonio García, David Brabham and Darren Turner, the 009 Aston qualified behind the two works Corvette C6Rs and the Larbre Saleen S7-R in the GT1 class. It would be a very close race between the Corvettes and the Astons for the GT1 honours...

       

The 2008 Le Mans 24 hours is remembered for a remarkable underdog victory by Audi against the much faster Peugeot 908, in what was probably the best race of the turbo diesel era. Alan McNish was simply outstanding in the ageing R10 TDI - a combination of aggressive driving, perfect team strategy and a bit of luck with the weather giving a hat-trick of wins for the R10. Peugeot would finally get their win in 2009, with David Brabham in the victorious car.

Staying in 2008, Brabham would grab a second GT1 class win in the DBR9 009. Here's Aston's film of the event...



The 009 led the two works Corvettes away from the start, with the 007 Aston tucked behind in fourth. At twelve hours, the 009 and the #63 'Vette were separated by seconds, the 007 and #64 a lap behind. In the early hours of Sunday morning, the 007 and #64 developed alternator faults - leaving the GT1 battle to the 009 and #63. Both teams managed the rain perfectly and the fans were treated to a spectacular run to the chequered flag... the 009 Aston holding on to cross the line in thirteenth overall and first in class. David Richards said “For me, Le Mans is the greatest motor race in the world and to win it for the second consecutive year is a brilliant endorsement of a fantastic team effort – particularly in the iconic colours of Gulf.”

       

It's great to see the DBR9 back in the Scalextric catalogue with such a special decoration. If the 'weathered' Gulf GT40s of a couple of years back are anything to go by, this release will be a must for all Aston Martin, Le Mans and Gulf fans. As soon as there are pictures of pre-production samples, I'll post them here.

   
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Great report, Andy. As always. Thumbup
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