Third & Sixth at Three Hours for Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin's DBR9s battled through changing weather conditions in the opening stages of the Proximus 24 Hours of Spa to reside in third and sixth place after three hours of the...
Third & Sixth at Three Hours for Aston Martin Racing
Aston Martin's DBR9s battled through changing weather conditions in the opening stages of the Proximus 24 Hours of Spa to reside in third and sixth place after three hours of the endurance classic.
Unpredictable weather proved disruptive in the early stages, most notably during the second hour when a torrential downpour followed moments after many teams had just changed to slicks.
With the majority of the field seemingly starting on intermediate tyres, Aston Martin Racing's brace of DBR9s enjoyed a strong start from the off thanks to the excellent performance of the wet Michelin tyres selected by the team. Cars 28 and 29 were quick to better their starting grid positions - swiftly moving into first and third place within the opening lap at a water-soaked Francorchamps circuit. Barely a lap later, an all-Aston Martin front row was established at the head of the field with Peter Kox in first place, who started third and David Brabham - fighting his way from seventh - in second. As the end of the first hour approached, Brabham replaced Kox at the head of the field.
As rain temporarily subsided, the two DBR9s entered the pits for their first stops, which saw both David Brabham and Peter Kox continue for double stints. However, as the Spa weather conditions changed once more, both cars were forced into a further stop for a tyre change, barely 10 laps later.
Two hours into the 24, David Brabham and Peter Kox ended their double stints with Darren Turner and Aston Martin debutant, Marc Goossens taking over. The stop for car 29 took slightly longer than normal, owing to a necessary in-car radio replacement.
Approaching the three-hour mark the two DBR9s stood third and sixth as they prepared to make routine pit stops with both Turner and Goossens planned to continue into second stints.