Darren Turner final qualifying report

LET BATTLE COMMENCE At 1500hrs tomorrow, Darren Turner will start his eighth Le Mans 24 Hours. Already a double-winner of the world-famous endurance race, Darren is well prepared for all the challenges that will be coming his way ...

LET BATTLE COMMENCE

At 1500hrs tomorrow, Darren Turner will start his eighth Le Mans 24 Hours. Already a double-winner of the world-famous endurance race, Darren is well prepared for all the challenges that will be coming his way this weekend.

The majority of Darren's 2010 race programme is focused on the GT1 and GT2 Aston Martins so he had to quickly reacquaint himself with the LMP1 car during the free practice session on Wednesday. He didn't get back in the car until his qualifying run that night, right at the end of the session. Even though he hadn't had any running in the dark he popped in a fantastic lap right on midnight that secured ninth place on the grid for 009.

"Its nice to be up there at the head of the pack of petrol cars, along with 007," said Darren. "We're a long way off the diesels so we have to fight the battle of the petrol-powered cars. We've had very intermittent running this week, what with red flags and mixed weather, so it has been tough on the new guys. Sam (Hancock) is up to speed now and putting in some good lap times and Juan (Barazi) is making really good progress now as he adapts to the car."

Darren is heading off on the traditional driver's parade now to meet the always enthusiastic Le Mans fans. Once all the festivities are over his thoughts will turn to what lies ahead of him tomorrow.

"Our target has to be to have a smooth run," he said. "If we can do that then we will be in the right place if any of the diesels have dramas."

-source: darren turner

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Darren Turner