Race, Historic
JUN 17th 2019

Gary Watkins

How the DBR1 gave Aston Martin the 1959 World Sportscar Championship

It started with a gear lever coming off in Carroll Shelby's hand at Sebring and almost ended prematurely with a dramatic pit fire at Goodwood. Aston Martin's ultimately successful assault on the 1959 World Sportscar Championship around its one-two finish at the Le Mans 24 Hours had more than an element of good fortune to it. Doubly so, because the British sportscar builder never set out to wrest the WSC manufacturers' crown out of Ferrari's grasp that season.

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