Victory for Aston Martin Racing at Mosport Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy drove their 009 Aston Martin DBR9 to victory in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Grand Prix of Mosport race at Mosport International Raceway, Sunday, September 3....
Victory for Aston Martin Racing at Mosport
Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy drove their 009 Aston Martin DBR9 to victory in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Grand Prix of Mosport race at Mosport International Raceway, Sunday, September 3. Tomas Enge and Peter Kox crossed the line third in the 007 DBR9 to make it a double podium finish for the Aston Martin Racing team, the team's third ALMS victory this season.
Yesterday's wet weather continued during the morning warm up session but when the flag fell for the start of the race the track was drying out. Pedro Lamy had a clean start in the 009 DBR9, retaining first place in GT1 class. Peter Kox in the 007 DBR9 was spun out just before the start of the race by the Number 3 Corvette.
The 007 DBR9 dropped down the pack but returned to third in class after the Number 3 Corvette received a stop and go penalty for avoidable contact with the 007 car at the start. A subsequent safety car period left Kox a lap down on race leader Lamy.
The skies remained grey throughout the race but the Aston Martin Racing drivers battled on, Lamy maintaining his GT1 lead, Kox storming through the field to close up the gap to second place.
Lamy pitted for fuel and tyres on lap 53, handing the 009 DBR9 over to teammate Stephane Sarrazin. Kox pitted seconds later in the 007 Aston Martin, Tomas Enge taking to the wheel for the second half of the race.
As track conditions improved the Aston Martin drivers picked up the pace and with an hour of the race still to run the 009 and 007 DBR9s maintained first and third positions respectively.
Sarrazin pitted for fuel and tyres with just over half an hour of the race remaining. The 009 DBR9 crew performed an exceptional pit stop and he rejoined the race in second place just behind the lead Corvette.
Sarrazin set about catching the Corvette, overtaking in spectacular fashion at turn eight to retake the lead just 20 minutes from the end of the race. Shortly after, the 007 car pitted for fuel and tyres, Tomas Enge staying in to finish the race in third a lap down on Sarrazin. The two Aston Martin DBR9s took the chequered flag side by side to the cheers of the team.
George Howard-Chappell, Team Principal, Aston Martin Racing:
"It is a fantastic victory for Aston Martin. We have made really good progress with the Pirelli tyres, the durability was much improved this weekend and testing here for two days before the race has really paid off.
"Great team effort - all of the drivers did a superb job, I'm really pleased. The performance of our competitors was obviously controlled but we are here to race and we gave it our best today."
Pedro Lamy (Portugal): "It was a good start for me, my pace was fast and I was able to maintain the lead. I pushed as hard as I could, I had excellent grip and the car was well balanced.
"The track conditions and the Pirelli tyres meant that we could win here. This is the first time Aston Martin Racing has competed in Canada with the DBR9 so it is great to succeed here, especially on such a nice but risky track. I'm really pleased; it is a great victory for Aston Martin and the second win for the 009 car this year."
Stephane Sarrazin (France): "The team did a very good job today and both the car and the Pirelli tyres were excellent. It was a perfect day for us. At the last race we were a bit unlucky because we were leading and then we crashed so I am really happy to win here today.
"I rejoined the race after my last pit stop in second place and I thought that the Corvette did not have to pit again so I pushed like crazy to catch him up on my fresh tyres. He closed the door on me a couple of times and then I said to myself I have to get past him and go on the outside of the track. It was a big moment, it was a little bit scary but luckily it worked out ok. I didn't know until right near the end if it was possible to win and I really wanted to win this race so I pushed like I was on qualifying tyres every lap and it paid off."
Tomas Enge (Czech Republic): "Again we should have finished better than we did but the positive thing from this weekend is that we have maintained our record of a podium finish at every race this season.
"For me the other positive thing is that the car was great, the testing we did here really paid off and in these conditions the tyres were working brilliantly. We need these conditions again at Petit and Laguna and we might have a chance to get a good result there as well."
Peter Kox (Netherlands): "Before the start I was hit by the number 3 car. He spun me, which was unfortunate as I went to the back of the pack and then he got a stop and go penalty. It effectively ruined both of our races as we both then lost a lap under the yellow flag.
"It was a shame as I think that the car had the pace to finish first or second. The car was running really well and I tried my best to work my way through the traffic. In the end I am happy with the way I drove and I am pleased that we got a podium"
From Mosport, the team head back to the US for round nine of the American Le Mans Series, the 1,000-mile or 10-hour Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta. The race starts at 11:45am Eastern Time on Saturday, September 30. SPEED Channel will broadcast the race from 11:30am -- 5.30pm and 7.30pm -- 10.00pm (ET) and the www.americanlemans.com website will feature live coverage from American Le Mans Radio and will also feature live timing and scoring.
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