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Drayson Racing News and Notes for Spa No. 87 Drayson Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT2 Drivers: Paul Drayson (United Kingdom), Jonny Cocker (United Kingdom) Owner: Elspeth, Lady Drayson and Paul, Lord Drayson (London/Gloucestershire, UK) Team ...

Drayson Racing News and Notes for Spa

No. 87 Drayson Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT2
Drivers: Paul Drayson (United Kingdom), Jonny Cocker (United Kingdom)


Owner: Elspeth, Lady Drayson and Paul, Lord Drayson
(London/Gloucestershire, UK)
Team Manager: Dale White (Bozeman, MT, USA)
Team Engineer: Graham Moore

Notes:

* LMP1 Test- Paul Drayson (London/Gloucestershire, UK) took advantage of Drayson Racing's recent 24 hour test at the Autodromo de Algarve in Portugal for a try at the world's fastest Aston Martin. Drayson turned 10 laps in the full, race-ready No. 007 Lola Aston Martin LM P1 class prototype before returning to his own LM GT2 class Vantage GT2 for the remainder of the test. While Drayson has run multiple prototype laps on a simulator, it was his first taste of an exotic, race-breed prototype at speed. The Aston Martin V12- powered, closed-cockpit, Lola prototype is one of three factory-prepared cars entered in this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans (13-14 June) and was the overall winner of the Le Mans Series season-opener in Barcelona, Spain in April.

Paul Drayson on the experience: "I was delighted to have the opportunity to test the 007 Aston Martin LM P1 car during the AMR 24 hour test at Algarve recently. Of course, I was mindful that this is the Le Mans 24 hours' car and I really didn't want to bend it only six weeks before the big race. So, I built up carefully. But after 10 laps, I really felt I was starting to get the hang of it. It was my first drive in a prototype and it was an unforgettable experience. From the front it looks a bit like a fighter jet - and it goes like one too! Having flown in the backseat of a couple of the RAF's finest, I feel qualified to make the comparison. The power and grip are phenomenal of course but nothing prepared me for the buzz you get coming out of the last turn and accelerating all the way down the main straight; 295 kph/183 mph and it felt like it! I absolutely loved it. Forward visibility around the wheel arches was better than I expected and the whole feel of the car was very solid, very well prepared. As for the sound; listening to that screaming V12 go past is really something. Hearing it at full chat behind your head is something else. It certainly gave me a taste of what I'd like to race in the future. An excellent example of British race car engineering. No wonder we are the best in the world."

* GT2 Test- In preparation for the 1000Km de Spa at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (8-10 May) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, Drayson Racing has taken part in two test sessions: the official Le Mans Series test at the Bugatti Circuit (25-26 April) and a private, Aston Martin Racing test at the Autodromo de Algarve in Portimao Algarve, Portugal (29-30 April). The focus of both dates was to test the endurance capability of the V8-powered Vantage GT2 and to acquaint the drivers with the car in endurance specifications. Drivers Paul Drayson (London/Gloucestershire, UK), Jonny Cocker (Guisborough, Yorks, UK) and Le Mans co-driver Marino Franchitti (Edinburgh/London UK) had insightful runs at both facilities. In testing at Bugatti, a track tucked within the Circuit des 24, they were within 3/10ths of a second of the class leading Ferrari in the four session event.

* Homebase- Further strengthening its potential at Le Mans, Drayson Racing has taken-up temporary residency in Aston Martin Racing's (AMR) Banbury, England headquarters. The move has provided invaluable access to AMR engineering skills and equipment as the team prepares for Le Mans.

-credit: draysonracing.com

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Marino Franchitti , Graham Moore , Paul Drayson , Jonny Cocker
Teams Aston Martin Racing