FIFTH AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES WIN FOR PIRELLI-SHOD ASTON MARTIN AT LAGUNA SECA Team Just Fails to Snatch GT1 Championship with Late Season Charge LAGUNA SECA, Calif., Oct.21, 2006 The Pirelli shod Aston Martins needed a one-two victory over ...
FIFTH AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES WIN
FOR PIRELLI-SHOD ASTON MARTIN AT LAGUNA SECA
Team Just Fails to Snatch GT1 Championship with Late Season Charge
LAGUNA SECA, Calif., Oct.21, 2006 The Pirelli shod Aston Martins needed a one-two victory over Corvette in the final round of the ALMS season to tie for the 2006 GT1 Manufacturers' Championship. After qualifying first and fourth, a demon opening race lap from Darren Turner saw the two green machines at the head of their field. Unfortunately it was not to last; an unlucky puncture on the #007 car allowed the two Corvettes to take second and third in class which was enough to clinch the championship.
Stephane Sarrazin, sharing the #009 car with ex-Formula 1 ace Pedro Lamy, drove an outstanding race to take the race win, including the miraculous avoidance of a spinning prototype car which sent him off the circuit in the middle of the race.
That same spinning prototype marked the end of a promising race for David Brabham and Scott Maxwell in the Pirelli-shod Panoz. Brabham, completely unsighted in the corner and running a strong fourth at the time, T-boned the car in a heavy impact, destroying both cars but thankfully without injury to either driver.
"We just missed the result we were hoping for with Aston Martin," commented Peter Tyson, vice president of Communications for Pirelli Tire North America. "I think the team deserved a share of the Championship," he continued. "However, with five out of ten race wins and seven pole positions we can finish the season proud of our performance. Certainly in the latter half of the season we were at the top of our game. Also, in GT2 with Panoz, it was a year of rewarding achievement in a very competitive field, winning both Sebring and the Le Mans 24 hours races."