According to Aston, there are customer teams out there eager to enter the DBR9 in a series that looks increasingly as though it might become a bit of a crowd-pleaser, but first the FIA has got to waive some technical regulations that currently exclude the car from the competition.
'It is virtually impossible for us to develop a new car for the championship, but we could prepare a package of modifications for the DBR9 in time for next season,' says Aston Martin Racing commercial director, Tony Schulp. 'The DBR9 is a proven car with a great pedigree. If the necessary waivers are granted by the FIA then we are ready to support our customers who wish to see it continue to race.'
As the situation stands, Aston must wait to hear whether the FIA World Council Technical Working Group will allow the car to compete and, if so, under what conditions. Nissan - which has already built a GT-R racer to meet the new regs - will be one of the potential rivals who will have to agree to the Aston's entry.
The DBR9 has competed in FIA GT1-class racing since 2005 (under the old regulations), and has also raced at Le Mans, winning the GT1 class there in 2007 and 2008.