Sebring: Aston Martin Racing three hours notes

Aston Martin Racing's brace of DBR9s have made a strong start in their debut race at the 53rd Annual 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida. At the three hour mark, with Stephane Sarrazin and Stephane Ortelli at the wheel, car 58 was 3rd and car 57 4th...

Aston Martin Racing's brace of DBR9s have made a strong start in their debut race at the 53rd Annual 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida. At the three hour mark, with Stephane Sarrazin and Stephane Ortelli at the wheel, car 58 was 3rd and car 57 4th in the GT1 class (6th and 7th overall) having completed 82 laps each.

Darren Turner, making his second appearance at the International Raceway, in car 57 and Peter Kox in car 58 started the race from 4th and 5th respectively on the GT1 grid, making impressive ground in the early stages.

Turner took 2nd place in the GT1 class with Dutchman Kox just behind in 5th. Kox later bettered his standing to 4th before a yellow flag interrupted proceedings. With the safety car taking to the circuit, the team took the opportunity to bring both cars in for a pit stop on lap 17. David Brabham took to the wheel in car 57, with Peter Kox staying in car 58.

On lap 37 a further yellow flag saw both cars return to the pits, with Pedro Lamy replacing Peter Kox in car 58 and David Brabham continuing in car 57.

At lap 53 both cars had recovered considerable ground with David Brabham taking 2nd place and Pedro Lamy 4th in the GT1 class. Car 57 returned to the pit lane on lap 66 with Stephane Ortelli replacing David Brabham in the driving seat. Car 58 followed on lap 67 with Stephane Sarrazin, making his Sebring debut, replacing Pedro Lamy.

Aston Martin Racing Team Director, David Richards commented: "The two yellow flags early on were a little disruptive, but it's the pit stops which make the big difference at this relatively early stage and we've made a decent start."

-amr-

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