Laguna Seca: Aston Martin hour 2 notes

Aston Martin Racing are first and third in the GT1 class at Laguna Seca after two hours of racing at the Monterey Sports Car Championships on Saturday 30 September. The team were greeted with a bright sunny day at the historic Monterey track for...

Aston Martin Racing are first and third in the GT1 class at Laguna Seca after two hours of racing at the Monterey Sports Car Championships on Saturday 30 September.

The team were greeted with a bright sunny day at the historic Monterey track for the tenth and final race of the 2006 American Le Mans Series.

The Aston Martin Racing team made a clean start with Pedro Lamy in the 009 DBR9 retaining the lead secured by teammate Stephane Sarrazin in qualifying. Darren Turner in the 007 DBR9 storming up to second in class by the end of the first lap.

The first safety car period came on lap three of the four hour race and the second ensued shortly afterwards on lap 14. The 007 car took advantage of the second safety car period and pitted for fuel and tyres, Darren Turner staying behind the wheel and rejoining the race behind the safety car in fourth place. The No 3 Corvette also followed the same strategy and came into the pits. Pedro Lamy in the 009 DBR9 remained out on the track retaining the GT1 lead.

Track conditions are slippery with sand covering large areas of the track.

On lap 42 the No 3 Corvette overtook Pedro Lamy in the 009 DBR9 and Darren Turner passed the No 4 Corvette to take third in class. All 4 GT1 cars still on the same lap at this point.

Lamy pitted to hand the 009 car over to Stephane Sarrazin and the 009 car dropped down to fourth in class, one lap down on the 007 DBR9 and the No 3 Corvette who pitted under the safety car.

Shortly before the two hour point of the race Darren Turner came in to the pits to hand the 007 DBR9 to Tomas Enge who rejoins in the lead.

-credit: am

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tomas Enge , Darren Turner , Stéphane Sarrazin , Pedro Lamy
Teams Aston Martin Racing