Team Autocar finished in third place overall in the Silverstone Britcar 24hr Endurance Race at the weekend.
Autocar journalists Steve Sutcliffe, Matt Prior and Jamie Corstorphine, plus Aston Martin's Vehicle Dynamics Manager, Chris Porritt, took the final podium position in their Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24, trailing only the Paragon Porsche 997 RSR of Mark Sumpter, and Andrew Howard's Beechdean-sponsored Aston Martin N24.
The Autocar team qualified in 20th position overall, but a virtually trouble-free run meant it finished just nine laps behind the leaders, and three laps behind the second-place team. Another Beechdean Aston Martin finished fourth overall, giving the N24 a lockout in class 2.
Autocar's chief road tester Matt Prior said: "I'm well chuffed. Going into the race we thought that if we kept our noses clean we might end up scraping a top ten finish. It's really thanks to the reliability and fuel efficiency of the car, its brilliant preparation, some top-drawer pit work and the nous of Graham Humphrys our team manager that we eased into third."
The Autocar Aston's fastest lap of 2m:06.012s was only the 21st fastest in the race, but the N24's fuel-efficiency and reliability, plus some consistent driving, meant it climbed the order.
Team Autocar completed 594 laps of the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, the only significant problems being two minor spins, one stop-go drive-through penalty and two minor flare-ups during refuelling stops.
Senior Road Tester Jamie Corstorphine said: "Bloody brilliant - what an amazing experience. The car was superb and the team even better. I can't believe how well we've done."