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The first race with an Aston Martin by PROsport Performance made for a premiere, because the second place in the class GT4 at the 12 Hours of Mugello meant the world's first podium position for the all-new Aston Martin Vantage GT4. The team around Christoph Esser had just received the new Vantage GT4 four days before the first practice session in Mugello and after a short functional test on Tuesday at the Nürburgring, the car was immediately loaded again and sent on the road to Tuscany.

The 12-hour race of Mugello was the first round of the European 24h Series, which PROsport Performance will contest again in 2019. And because PROsport Performance became European Team Champion last year, the still snow-white Vantage GT4 graces the start number "1" of the defending champion. The Vantage, powered by a 476-hp four-liter V8 twin turbo engine, was driven by Belgian Nico Verdonck, his compatriot Rodrigue Gillion and Indian Akhil Rabindra. Verdonck, since years driver and coach of the team from Wiesemscheid, Germany, captured second starting position in the class and defended this position also in the early stages of the race, which took place on Friday afternoon over three hours and on Saturday over nine hours. The final stage of the first part was less good because after contact with another vehicle and a defect shortly before the first checkered flag about ten laps were lost. Due to the nocturnal repair, the team was given a ten-lap penalty, but the PROsport-Vantage was well prepared in the starting grid for part two. Verdonck as well as Gillion and Rabindra spurred off flawless laps, gained important experience with the new GT4 sports car and with a bit of luck finished the 12h Mugello in second position of the GT4 class.

"I felt very comfortable in the car from the start and I am happy that we were able to achieve the first podium finish for the new Vantage GT4 after the initial difficulties," said Rodrigue Gillion. "Now I'm looking forward to the next race on my home soil on 19/20. April, to the 12h Spa."
 

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