Aston Martin Racing takes second in class in Atlanta The Aston Martin Racing team came away from the penultimate round of the American Le Mans Series in Road Atlanta with mixed feelings. David Brabham, Darren Turner and Jonny Kane ...
Aston Martin Racing takes second in class in Atlanta
The Aston Martin Racing team came away from the penultimate round of the American Le Mans Series in Road Atlanta with mixed feelings. David Brabham, Darren Turner and Jonny Kane finished second in class, fourth overall having lost a lap early in the race behind the safety car, while Peter Kox, Tomas Enge and Pedro Lamy finished fifth in class, eleventh overall after losing 25 minutes having a drive-shaft changed.
"We had the pace to win it for sure with the 58 car." said Team Principal George Howard-Chappell. "We are disappointed because we came here to win. After qualifying I thought we were a bit off the pace, but in the race, we had it. It was disappointing for everyone that we had the driveshaft problem because that was turning into a fantastic battle between the Corvette and ours. I was rubbing my hands thinking 'this is what it is all about!'"
Brabham was pleased to have rewarded the team with a podium finish following the practice crash on Wednesday night and subsequent repairs. "It was a long, hard and tough race," said the Australian. "We were struggling with rear grip. We couldn't maintain our pace through the stint, but it was better when it was cooler and I was actually quicker than the Corvettes when I was out there towards the end."
Enge survived a collision with the Audi of JJ Lehto in the sixth hour when the Finn tried to pass the Aston Martin. "We did some adjustment during the race, with the tyres and the track came to us later in the race," said Enge. "During the middle of the race, our car was the fastest, but unfortunately we had the problem."
About the accident, the Czech driver commented: "He was in the wrong place to pass me. I knew that he was behind me through the left turn, and when we came to the right turn, I thought he was not close enough to put the nose in, but he did."
The car suffered slight damage which affected the pace of Kox. "The car got a bit of a hit when Tomas spun," said the Dutchman. "We had the pace and the team did a good job. The number 3 Corvette and the 57 car were unlucky with the safety car early on, but that gave us the edge to fight with the four car, which was good fun."
The Aston Martin Racing team will be competing in the final round of the 2005 American Le Mans Series, the Monterey Sports Car Championships on Oct. 15 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA.