Both Vantage GTEs fell out of race-winning contention in an incredibly competitive class despite demonstrating front-running pace.

Aston Martin Racing's new Vantage GTE demonstrated front-running pace and mechanical reliability in one of endurance racing's toughest environments - the famous Sebring Raceway.

The Aston Martin Vantage GTE was really strong all weekend and the team did a great job from testing And while the Vantage GTE was denied the opportunity to deliver on its ultimate potential through misfortune, it withstood the notorious bumps of the converted former WWII airfield in Florida and was in the lead fight by the middle of the race.

It then went on to produce another FIA World Endurance Championship double-points finish in the inaugural 1000 Miles of Sebring in the U.S.A. 

Both Vantage GTEs looked strong through practice, indeed Alex Lynn set the fastest time in Wednesday's practice and was second fastest in qualifying on Thursday in the #97 car he shares with Maxime Martin.

That car and the #95 machine driven by Danish duo Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen and returning three-time Le Mans class winner Darren Turner then put in a sterling performance in the first half of the eight-hour race, having started out of position following an incident-packed qualifying session.

A minor problem in the second half of the race with the lit-number panel, as darkness fell, on the #97 car was followed by a competitor spinning the #95 car off the track, dropping both cars out of race-winning contention in an incredibly competitive GTE Pro class.

The team's misfortune was then compounded by the reigning GTE Am world champions Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda suffering a puncture on their V8 Vantage GTE while challenging for the lead of the class - this after having led for long periods of the race.