Catalunya: Charouz Racing race report

Charouz's LMP1 car powered Aston Martin debuted on the podium Great debut - that is the view of the pundits and fans after the new Aston Martin powered LMP1 prototype in Charouz Racing System colours showed an excellent performance. Jan Charouz...

Charouz's LMP1 car powered Aston Martin debuted on the podium Great debut - that is the view of the pundits and fans after the new Aston Martin powered LMP1 prototype in Charouz Racing System colours showed an excellent performance. Jan Charouz and Stefan Mucke finished third in the overall standing of the 1000 km race at Barcelona and the same place scored also in the premium LMP1 class. The young Praguer and the ex-DTM driver did not do any mistake during the six hours long race that started from the 4th place.

Performances of the Charouz Racing System team have attracted a big attention from the very beginning at the Catalan track. The car soon indicated that it would be the fastest petrol car and also that it could also put a serious pressure on the powerful diesels of Peugeot and Audi.

The elegant closed prototype was second in the practices and fourth in the qualifying. Methodical work of the Aston Martin Racing, which prepare the car in cooperation with the Czech team, simply paid off. The young drivers put in responsible performances under the Catalan sun. Both were also unbelievably fast.

All pitstops went without any major drama and the team got some admiration for this. Not also from rivals or organisers but also from David Richards who is boss of both Aston Martin and Prodrive. The emotive Briton immediately after the flag congratulated to Antonin Charouz and the whole team.

Today's third place is the second biggest success for the Charouz Racing Team in the world of the endurance racing that entered only last year. The maximum is still the second place in the Valencia 1000 km where Charouz and Mucke drove with Alex Yoong.

Tomas Enge and Antonio Garcia ran strongly with their Aston Martin DBR9 but had to retire with a failure related to the fuel system. They had ran first or second in the GT1 class before they had to stop.

Jan Charouz: "It is amazing feeling. We all had hoped that it would be good but to be on the podium in the first race? It had been just dreaming. My big thanks to the whole team they work was fantastic. Not only here at Barcelona track but also during all tests. I am really very happy."

Stefan Mucke: "Simply fantastic, I do not think that other words are needed. It is unbelievable how everything worked. Our team was good even during our debut season but we have moved forward. Close relationship with Aston Martin racing is excellent. I did not have any single problem during the race, the car was working faultlessly. I can not wait for next race at Monza!"

Antonin Charouz, Team principal: "It is difficult to find right words... Perhaps the best expression is how David Richards has been happy and moved by the performance. My thanks to our whole international team. Hard work paid off."

George Howard-Chappell, Aston Martin Racing Technical director: "The whole team the extremely pleased with the result and probably a bit surprised, truth be known. It was a great performance by both drivers and the rest of the team . Although we've learned a good deal through our GT1 programme it's really encouraging to discover just how well that knowledge and experience carries over into LMP1. This result bodes well for the future, but we shouldn't forget there's still a lot to do before we can threaten the front running diesels."

-credit: racing.charouz.cz

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Tomas Enge , Antonio Garcia , Alex Yoong , Stefan Mücke , David Richards , Jan Charouz , George Howard-Chappell , Antonin Charouz
Teams Aston Martin Racing