Aston Martin dominated the LMGT1 class and the ...
Aston Martin dominated the LMGT1 class and the #009 Team Aston Martin car eventually took the victory after being pushed hard by the other Aston Martin entries and the remaining Corvette.
The class was originally headed by the #008 AMR Larbre Competition Aston Martin for the first hour, but the car dropped back and the #009 Team Aston Martin took over until that too dropped back to second place at the start of the fourth hour, thus leaving the two Team Aston Martin entries at the head of the field. The two cars were running a minute apart and lapping couple of seconds faster than the other GT1s.
The closest challenger to the Aston Martins was the #63 Team Corvette Racing C6-R driven by Ron Fellows, Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen which remained very much in contention for the whole of the race. Magnussen survived a scare early in the evening after moving across on the second-placed Audi of Marco Werner and running wide through the gravel at the Dunlop chicane.
The #64 Team Corvette Racing C6-R driven by Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Max Papis has been closely following the sister #63 car but dropped out after a couple of hours due to a drive problem. The #008 Aston Martin continued in third place and was closely followed by the #100 Team Aston Martin BMS DBR9 of Fabio Babini, Jamie Davies and Matteo Malucelli
Team Oreca, running the Saleen S7R, was running consistently, but not quite as quickly as anticipated. The #55 Team Oreca Saleen S7R driven by Stephane Ortelli, Soheil Ayari and Nicolas Lapierre was in sixth place in the category just under one minute from the sister #54 of # Nicolas Prost, Laurent Groppi and Jean-Philippe Belloc
Darren Turner in the #009 Team Aston Martin Racing DBR9 closed the gap on the leading #007 Aston Martin of Tomas Enge to fifteen seconds by setting fastest laps, although Enge responded and pulled the gap back out to twenty seconds. The #007 Aston Martin suddenly dropped back and soon pitted for a new front splitter, handing the lead to the #009 car.
Turner, and then Rickard Rydell, pushed the #009 hard and built up a large lead over the Corvette and #007 Aston Martin to take the win with a couple of laps to spare.