PIRELLI-SHOD ASTON MARTIN SCORES VICTORY AT LIME ROCK After Three-Straight ALMS Podiums Team Takes Top Spot LAKEVILLE, Conn., July 1, 2006 -- After qualifying on the pole for today's New England Grand Prix, Darren Turner (England) of the ...
PIRELLI-SHOD ASTON MARTIN SCORES VICTORY AT LIME ROCK
After Three-Straight ALMS Podiums Team Takes Top Spot
LAKEVILLE, Conn., July 1, 2006 -- After qualifying on the pole for today's New England Grand Prix, Darren Turner (England) of the #007 Aston Martin commented that "staying on course and out of trouble" was what was necessary to win at the daunting Lime Rock circuit. Truer words were never spoken as many of the 24 cars that started the fourth round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) went pirouetting off the tiny 1.54-mile, 8-turn track never to return.
In the end, Pedro Lamy (Portugal) and Stephane Sarrazin (France), Turner's teammates in the #009 Aston Martin, won the GT1 class by the smallest margin (0.033 seconds) in ALMS history over the #3 factory Corvette of Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell. Close only counts in horse shoes! Turner and Tomas Enge (Czech Republic) finished third in the #007 car and gained another podium result for Pirelli the eighth in ALMS this season.
The Astons have been close all season, finishing second at Sebring and thirds at Houston and MidOhio; so Pirelli brought a brand new compound to Lime Rock hoping to make a difference. It appears that it did!
This was Pirelli's second-straight GT victory in as many races as the British Team LNT Panoz Esperante won the GT2 class in June at the classic 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Interestingly, the last time an Aston Martin won at the picturesque Lime Rock circuit was the very first race ever run here in 1959 with George Constantine atop the podium. It was certainly sweet win after 47 years!
The ALMS heads west for the next two rounds of the series racing in Salt Lake City on Saturday, July 15, and in Portland on Saturday, July 29. Both rounds will be televised on CBS Sports.