Aston Martin Racing completed a one and a half hour test session at the Mosport International raceway earlier today in preparation for round eight of the American Le Mans Series - the Grand Prix of Mosport. The team's brace of DBR9s had a...
Aston Martin Racing completed a one and a half hour test session at the Mosport International raceway earlier today in preparation for round eight of the American Le Mans Series - the Grand Prix of Mosport.
The team's brace of DBR9s had a trouble free test and finished the session first and second in GT1 class.
The team arrived in Canada on Sunday and took part in a two-day test on Monday and Tuesday in readiness for the tough challenge ahead.
Mosport International Raceway is located approximately 60 miles east of Toronto. The 2.549-mile, 10-turn road course is a fast and demanding track, which will put the DBR9 and the Aston Martin Racing drivers to the test.
Peter Kox returns to the Aston Martin Racing driver line-up this weekend to stand in for Darren Turner. Turner is unable to drive for the team at Mosport as he is competing in the British Touring Car Championship on Sunday. No stranger to the team, Kox drove the DBR9 for Aston Martin Racing in 2005, notching up a win for the DBR9 at the Silverstone FIA GT race with teammate Pedro Lamy and a podium finish at the 2005 ALMS season finale at Laguna Seca. Kox will partner Tomas Enge in the 007 DBR9 for the Grand Prix of Mosport.
George Howard-Chappell, Team Principal, Aston Martin Racing:
"I'm very pleased with the way things went today. I think we have made reasonable progress with the setup. We tested here for two days at the beginning of the week so we are not in the normal situation where we are looking to set the car up for the circuit -- that is already done. We have pre-selected carefully which tyres and set up we want. I doubt very much that the gap we have to our opposition is true but never the less it is encouraging.
"It's nice to welcome Peter (Kox) back to the team. He hasn't driven for us since last year and he is doing a great job so far."
CAR 009: 1st GT1 (8th overall) 1:13.974s
Stephane Sarrazin (France): "The test on Monday and Tuesday has helped a lot. This is my first time at the track and I tried many things at the start of the week and now I think I know the track very well. I did 170 laps and spent a whole day in the car, which was great for me. The track is fast which I like and Dave (Wilcock - 009 Race Engineer) did a great job with the set up.
"I am happy with my lap times today and I think we are able to push to set more good lap times here."
CAR 007: 2nd GT1 (9th overall) Best lap 1:14.523s
Peter Kox (Netherlands): "It is nice to be back. I have driven for this team for a long time and I am happy that they asked me to drive at this race. I think that it is going well so far. I have adapted well to the car, every time I have been out on the track I have improved my lap times so I just hope that I can do a good job for the team.
"I like this track, I finished second here in 2003. It is not an easy track but I hope that it will suit our car."