Manchester-based family business HMG Paints has seen its paint take first place in the most iconic race of them all.
Aston Martin Racing won the 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the British manufacturer's cars and striking livery using HMG Paints' Acrythane 4GTE paint system.
The British manufacturer, which was last victorious in the world-famous event in 2017, recorded its best ever result at the Circuit de la Sarthe by winning both GT classes and with three crews standing on the podium.
The result means that Aston Martin scored enough points to secure the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Manufacturer Title with one round remaining.
“It’s always great to see colours developed at HMG racing around such an iconic track. To see the team take the race win and the WEC Manufacturer Title is a proud day,” said Steve Kennedy, Head of HMG’s Advanced Colour Design Centre.
“We have a deep connection with the Aston Martin Racing GTE lime green where we worked to get the car ready at HMG for its Geneva launch, and all at HMG send their congratulations to the Aston Martin Racing team."
HMG Paints has been Technical Partner with Prodrive and Aston Martin Racing since 2003 and even welcomed Jonny Adam, who took victory in the Pro AM class, to its Manchester-based headquarters to speak to staff about their 2017 Le Mans victory.
It was works drivers Alex Lynn (GB) and Maxime Martin (BEL), along with former Le Mans class-winner Harry Tincknell (GB), who took the most coveted win in endurance racing after a flawless performance in the #97 Vantage GTE and a thrilling and nail-biting 24hr battle.
Lynn, who set the fastest lap of the GTE classes at 03.10 on Sunday said: “I won’t lie, that was emotional… I had a few tears on the last lap.
"I have driven this exact car for the last three years and so much hard work and sweat has gone into it. It honestly feels incredible.”
The trio of podiums at the double-point-scoring event was enough for Aston Martin to take the WEC Manufacturers Title for the first time – the British manufacturer crossed the line 76 points ahead of Porsche and 97 ahead of Ferrari.
Tobias Moers, Aston Martin CEO, commented: “I am extremely proud of everyone who has played a part in this momentous victory today.
"To win both GTE classes and the WEC Manufacturers Title is testimony to the quality of both the team, the Vantage GTE and the Vantage road car that is the basis of the race car.”