Road Atlanta II: Aston Martin Racing 500 mile report

Strong showing for Aston Martin Racing during first 500 miles The Aston Martin Racing team has taken the battle to the opposition during the first half of the 1000-mile Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. The no. 57 Aston Martin DBR9 of David Brabham...

Strong showing for Aston Martin Racing during first 500 miles

The Aston Martin Racing team has taken the battle to the opposition during the first half of the 1000-mile Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. The no. 57 Aston Martin DBR9 of David Brabham lies second in class, fourth overall having lost a lap behind the safety car early in the race.

Brabham took the position after the no. 58 Aston Martin of Tomas Enge made a long pit stop just shy of mid-distance to change the right rear driveshaft. The car was running just seconds behind the class leading Corvette, but lost 19 laps with the repairs. The first 500 miles have been conducted at a furious pace, and there is no sign of the pressure from the Aston Martin Racing team relenting.

"We lost a lap under the safety car," said Turner who, with Jonny Kane and David Brabham is now leading Aston Martin Racing's charge. "All the drivers in the car are struggling with the heat. The track conditions are very slick, and towards the end of the stint I have never driven in the conditions where the car was moving around as much as this was. Things seem to have stabilised now."

DBR9 no. 58 driver Peter Kox was held up by the second Corvette, which was running a lap down, as he pursued the class leader. "That car is very fast, and I did not want to take him while taking a big risk," said the Dutchman. "It took most of my stint to get past him. The car was handling really well. The driver cooling is really helping. We had an issue with the balance in the first two stints, but we made an adjustment and it was fine."

-amr-

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tomas Enge , David Brabham , Peter Kox , Jonny Kane
Teams Aston Martin Racing