Peter & Wendlinger For Austrian Aston
With one Aston Martin DBR9 victorious at Sao Paulo – the Cirtek
Motorsports example - another one will join the FIA GT ranks in
2006. The Karner & Grossegger company, Austrian importers of
the Aston Martin marque, has been working on this project for some
time, and now it is official: a DBR9 will be entered in the 2006
championship, with drivers Philipp Peter and Karl Wendlinger. The
technical side of this campaign will be handled by former Zakspeed
team manager Andreas Hainke, who has been busy setting up his own
operation over the winter.
desire to share a competitive car with an equally competitive team-mate
is well documented: he briefly parted ways with the JMB team late
in the 2005 season over this issue. His JMB colleague, Karl Wendlinger,
was of course in the hunt for the FIA GT title until the last race.
Both were team-mates at Audi during their days in touring car racing,
and have teamed up in endurance races on numerous occasions.
Austria’s Richard and Heinrich Karner have found a partner
for this venture in Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer, majority owner of aircraft
management and charter company, JetAlliance. Himself a racer, Lichtner-Hoyer
shared a BMW M3 at the Dubai 24 hour race with, among others, Karl
Wendlinger, who was brought in as a late replacement for Robert
Lechner. Wendlinger is pictured with the Dunlop-shod car, below.