STUART HALL JOINS ASTON MARTIN RACING FOR LE MANS 24 HOURS London, 21 May, 2009. Young British racing driver, Stuart Hall, will join Aston Martin Racing to drive their Gulf-liveried LMP1 prototype as part of a three-car assault at this year's...
STUART HALL JOINS ASTON MARTIN RACING FOR LE MANS 24 HOURS
London, 21 May, 2009. Young British racing driver, Stuart Hall, will join Aston Martin Racing to drive their Gulf-liveried LMP1 prototype as part of a three-car assault at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, a race which marks the 50th anniversary of Aston Martin's first victory at La Sarthe in 1959.
The Bishops Stortford-based BRDC (British Racing Drivers' Club) Superstar, 24, began his racing career in single-seaters, collecting numerous wins and podiums. Switching to sports cars just two years ago, Hall makes his Aston Martin Racing debut on his third consecutive Le Mans 24 Hours appearance.
In addition to former Formula One drivers Anthony Davidson (GB) and Jos Verstappen (NL), Hall will join the team of existing Aston Martin Racing drivers for their collective attempt to take the Le Mans race victory on June 13-14. The three Aston Martin LMP1 cars will be numbered 007, 008 and 009 and the exact configuration of the crews for the race will be announced at a later date.
Hall's focus will be on exceeding his inaugural Le Mans 24 Hours performance in 2007, where he finished fourth overall in the Rollcentre LMP1 car, also claiming the positions of first Brit and first rookie home. He then returned last year for another LMP1 Le Mans drive. Stuart was very impressed by the V-12 engined Aston Martin LMP1 during testing in Portugal earlier this year, and is now eager to join his new team in Le Mans; "It's an amazing opportunity to be part of such a prestigious and successful team. When I was growing up and first became interested in motor racing, Aston Martin was one of those legendary names. I always hoped that one day I might have the chance to become a works driver for Aston Martin Racing and it's almost hard to believe that I'm part of the team now. I know that I'm in the best seat on the grid and can't wait to get on the track."
David Richards, Chairman of Aston Martin, commented, "I'd personally like to extend a warm welcome to Stuart, who is a fantastic addition to the Aston Martin family -- as we compete in the toughest and most famous race in the world on this very important anniversary in our rich racing history."