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."