Aston Martin is set to enter the world of rallying with an unofficial entry on this season's French Tarmac Championship.
Former Formula 1 driver and works Subaru star Stéphane Sarrazin has entered this weekend's opening round of the series, the Lyon-Charbonnieres Rally, in an Aston Martin V8. The French series includes a 'sportscar' class, so Sarrazin will be out to defeat Porsche GT3s and even a Lotus Exige in the same category.
The project is the brainchild of Frederic Dor, the French shipping magnate who has rallied and raced with Prodrive-built cars for over a decade. It's unclear if the entry is a one-off or if Dor plans to pitch the V8 against 911s on a more regular basis.