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July 2004
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>>Dirk de Jager was in Le Mans last weekend and popped into the Christies Auction.  With Aston Martin being in the news recently with the announcement of their DBR9 GTS car, we thought it appropriate to show some of the DBR9's heritage that happened to be up for sale.  This is the circa 1982 Aston Martin Nimrod, chassis NRA C2 003.
Quite rightly looking like something from a completely different era, the Nimrod had more in common with prototypes of the early 70s than the new Porsche 956s that were emerging at the same time.  The Aston was powered by a 5.3 liter V8.
The chassis was designed by Eric Broadly.  The Nimrod's flat bottomed aerodynamics actually served it well at Le Mans as the car ran with relatively little drag (and downforce).
In stark contrast to the Nimrod above, and separated by a mere 7 years, the Aston Martin AMR1.  The #19 Aston AMR1 AMR-03 was also up for auction at the Christies event (image from Spa 2003 of car #18).
The Aston Martin AMR1 is a good example of late 80s contemporary Group C prototype design.  It sold for $354,542  in the auction.  The Nimrod went for $127,418.
>>Dirk de Jager attended the Nurburgring round of the Le Mans Endurance Series and sent along these images.
>>"No, you're number 1!"
>>The Pescarolo-Judd finished the day 5th overall some 10 laps down.
>>Creation Motorsport's DBA 03S gave the Audis a run first by putting the car on the pole and second by running very strongly in the race and eventually finishing 3rd overall.  At one point during the event, according to dailysportscar, the Creation DBA and Team Jota Zytek had 7-9 seconds a lap over the Audis.
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