Darren Turner will compete in the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, racing the AMR-One, Aston Martin's brand new open-top LMP1 race car. The British driver will share the 007 Gulf-liveried car with Stefan Mücke and another yet-to-be-announced driver.
The eagerly-awaited AMR-One has been designed to fit the new ACO regulations, brought in to close the gap between the diesel and petrol-engined LMP1 cars. The new car should see Aston Martin at the sharp end, especially when it comes to the main event of the series: the Le Mans 24 Hours. As the holder of two class wins for Aston Martin, Darren wants the opportunity to go for the outright win.
"It's exciting that Aston Martin Racing has been able to design a car from the ground up to fit the new regulations," said Turner. "During the last few years it has been frustrating that if you didn't have a diesel you couldn't challenge for victory in the main event of the year. I have my fingers crossed that this season the petrol-powered cars will be able to compete on a level playing field, which will not only make it more exciting for the drivers but also for the thousands of spectators that go to Le Mans every year."
Darren is keen to get his hands on the new car after keeping a close eye on its progress throughout the winter, as he lives close to the Aston Martin Racing headquarters.
"It has been incredible to see the car go from a series of CAD drawings to the finished AMR-One," he said. "As a driver this is something you are rarely privy to so it is very special. It's amazing how many hours the guys have put in to make this happen and the finished car looks even more fantastic that I could have hoped for."
The AMR-One will make its race debut at Paul Ricard on 3 April. It will join the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup at the Spa 1000kms in May, just a few weeks before the team heads to Le Mans for the main event in June. Imola follows in July, then Silverstone in September, Petit Le Mans in October and the season finale is scheduled for 12 November, in China.
-source: darren turner