2006 Aston Martin DBR9DBRS9
Year of manufacture2006
- Campaigned by Works team Barwell Motorsport to outright victory in the 2006 British GT Championship
- The only DBRS9 to win the British GT Championship, driven by Leo Machitski and Jonathan Cocker
- One of just 26 examples manufactured by Prodrive with Aston Martin Racing
- Powered by a 5.9-litre V-12 "G specification" engine, producing in excess of 600 bhp
- Subject to a cosmetic restoration in January 2020 and presented in 2006 British GT Championship-winning livery
- Offered with a substantial spares package and 166-page book documenting the complete competition history, with supporting race results and photographs
The Aston Martin DBRS9 was a competition-prepared GT3 derivative of its highly successful GT1-class sister model, the DBR9. Both cars shared the exceptional design lineage and basic powerplant of Aston’s beautiful road-going DB9, as well as the 5.9- litre V-12, albeit with greater tuning. The DBRS9 offered a less complicated alternative than the DBR9 for race teams seeking to compete in the FIA GT3 Championship, British GT, and other international GT-series events. The Aston Martin could be configured with one of many engine specifications; starting with the basic 500 bhp ‘A specification’ and ranking through to the most powerful “G specification” that gave a claimed output in excess of 600 bhp. The DBRS9 could be built with either a manual transmission or a sequential transaxle, with the latter arguably the most desirable.
While the DBRS9 was a modified and lightened version of the road going DB9, it shared many features with the GT1 car; benefiting from a similar chassis, lightweight carbon fibre bodywork and suspension setup. The engine and drivetrain were developed by the same team of engineers as the GT1 car and one of the most significant differences from the road car was a major reduction in kerb weight, reportedly reduced to just 1280 kilograms, saving 480 kilograms. This was achieved through the extensive use of carbon composites for body panels and interior trim, as well as polycarbonate side windows. Common to all three models was the bonded aluminium tub and aluminium roof panel.
This car, chassis number DBRS9/2, was one of 26 examples manufactured by Prodrive at Aston Martin Racing’s engineering facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire. The car was delivered new to Barwell Motorsport—an Aston Martin Works team—in 2006 and was entered straight into action at Silverstone. The car came complete with the “G specification” engine and sequential gearbox, delivered on 7 May 2006. During its opening season at the 2006 British GT Championship—competing in the GT3 category—the car was successfully driven to outright victory, winning the GT3 Championship piloted by Leonid Machitski and Jonathan Cocker. The Aston Martin was also campaigned in the FIA European GT3 season that year, with its best result being 4th place at Dijon in September.
By the end of the 2006 season, the DBRS9 had performed with great success and raced nine times, scoring Machitski as the 2006 GT3 Drivers’ Champion in the British GT Championship. It should be noted that this example was the only DBRS9 to achieve a championship win at the British GT Championship, making it a significant part of Aston Martin competition history.
Thereafter, the car was purchased by the Australian racing team, ABCOR / Preston General Engineering. John Kaias raced the car on nine occasions in the GT3 class of the Australian GT between 2007 to 2008, competing in the Shannons National Motor Racing Championship. The best results were on 13 July 2008 at the Eastern Creek International Raceway, where Kaias finished 3rd, and twice in 1st across three races. The Aston Martin remained in Australia when it was acquired by the respected racing team Eggleston Motorsport and raced from 2011 to 2014, further campaigned in the Australian GT Championship. The car was driven nine times by Ben Eggleston, who achieved a podium finish on three occasions.
In 2019, chassis number DBRS9/2 was acquired by an Aston Martin collector in the United Kingdom and repatriated from Australia. Upon its arrival to the UK, local taxes were paid and the owner commissioned a cosmetic restoration, returning the car to its winning 2006 British GT Championship livery. The car was repainted in its attractive and original hue of Verde Inglese by marque specialists Prestige Paintworks Ltd and its period-correct decals were extensively researched and applied by vehicle wrapping specialists, Yiannimize.
Included as part of the sale of the car is a comprehensive spares package, containing a huge number of now obsolete new old stock parts, including engine components, front and rear bumpers and side skirts. In addition, the car is offered with a book detailing all of its race results, ownership history and supporting photographs. An independent inspection report by marque specialists Tim Samways Sporting and Historic Engineers Ltd is available on file. This historic championship-winning Aston Martin DBRS9 represents wonderful opportunity to acquire an excellent example, with impeccable race history, parts and supporting documentation.
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