Spa: Aston Martin Racing hour 15 report

Spa: The Chase Is On Dawn at the Spa-Francorchamps in the 2005 Proximus 24 Hours of Spa saw Aston Martin Racing's brace of DBR9s fighting back to third and ninth place. As the 15-hour mark was reached, Darren Turner...

Spa: The Chase Is On

Dawn at the Spa-Francorchamps in the 2005 Proximus 24 Hours of Spa saw Aston Martin Racing's brace of DBR9s fighting back to third and ninth place.

As the 15-hour mark was reached, Darren Turner stood in third place with car 28 and Marc Goossens in ninth driving car 29. As temperatures remained cool, the pace increased and both drivers were able to record lap times consistently around the 2:18.00 mark.

Aston Martin Racing Team Principal George Howard-Chappell commented: "Car 29 has been a little difficult to drive, car 28 has been working very well with the soft Michelin tyres in the cold temperatures. We're going to keep pushing."

Speaking about his earlier stint, Marc Goossens added: "This was my first time with soft tyres and the car is completely different to drive - its faster and easier. I'm really happy with the stint."

In the early hours of Sunday morning, with 273 laps complete, David Brabham replaced Stephane Sarrazin at the wheel in car 28. Building on Sarrazin's earlier impressive form, Brabham was able to move into the last of the podium positions as the DBR9 once again set about its pursuit of the front- runners. At lap 277, Peter Kox switched with Pedro Lamy in car 29 as the other DBR9 continued its revival, having earlier been thirteenth, to claim ninth place.

After completing his stint Peter Kox bemoaned the early morning congestion on the Francorchamps circuit: "I had a lot of traffic, only one or two laps were really clear. I had consistent laps throughout, but I would have liked to have gone quicker in the stint."

At around 0530 this morning Darren Turner returned to car 28 to take over from David Brabham, with Marc Goossens replacing Peter Kox little over half an hour later in car 29.

The race concludes at 4pm (CET +1) today.

-amr-

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers David Brabham , Darren Turner , Marc Goossens , Stéphane Sarrazin , Pedro Lamy , Peter Kox , George Howard-Chappell
Teams Aston Martin Racing