Sebring: Aston Martin Racing Sebring test, day one

Aston Martin Racing 12 Hours of Sebring Update: Pre-Race Test Day One Date: 14 March 2005 Location: Sebring International Raceway, Florida Weather: Hot, sunny Drivers: David Brabham/Stephane Ortelli/Darren...

Aston Martin Racing
12 Hours of Sebring Update: Pre-Race Test Day One

Date:          14 March 2005

Location: Sebring International Raceway, Florida
Weather: Hot, sunny

Drivers:
David Brabham/Stephane Ortelli/Darren Turner Car 57
Peter Kox/Pedro Lamy/Stephane Sarrazin Car 58

Distance:
Car 57 66 laps/244.2 miles
Car 58 82 laps/303.4 miles

Best Laps:
Car 57 - D.Brabham/D.Turner/S.Ortelli 1:58.658
Car 58 - P.Kox/P.Lamy/S.Sarrazin 1:58.230

Ahead of the DBR9's debut race this forthcoming weekend, the team today commenced their testing programme with two practice sessions prior to Thursday's qualifying rounds.

Team Principal Insight

"As the build-up to Saturday's race continues, today marked a crucial point in our preparations with the first opportunity to get the complete driver line-up together and conduct some initial testing on the Sebring circuit ahead of qualifying.

"Some minor issues were highlighted during the IMSA Technical Inspection yesterday (Sunday), which is to be expected with a totally new car, but we are satisfied this will be fully resolved by Wednesday.

"Whilst not necessarily indicative of our performance in the race, we achieved some encouraging lap times towards the end of the sessions which provide a valuable benchmark for the week ahead." George Howard-Chappell

"After such anticipation its great to finally be here at Sebring with the DBR9. It's still very early days, but the car is shaping up well for qualifying on Thursday"
     David Brabham

"We've made a few changes to the setup since our test here at Sebring earlier in the year, but today has been invaluable. Now both the team and myself have a better idea of what we need to do"
     Stephane Ortelli

"Its great to finally have the team together on the track. Now we need to work together on the small details step by step during the practice sessions as the week progresses and ensure we are well prepared for the race."
     Darren Turner

"Today we've been concentrating on the setup and acquired some valuable data in very hot conditions. We have some challenges to overcome ahead of the race."
     Peter Kox

"We still have much work to do, but we have improved over the day and our lap times towards the end of the afternoon session show we are making good progress"
     Pedro Lamy

"Obviously I've had less time in the car compared to the other drivers so this is largely new to me, it's a familiarisation process and I'm learning all the time. We have a great team in place and I'm looking forward to spending more time in the car over the course of the week."
     Stephane Sarrazin

-amr-

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Darren Turner , Stéphane Sarrazin , Pedro Lamy , Stéphane Ortelli , Peter Kox , George Howard-Chappell
Teams Aston Martin Racing