Aston Martin Racing prepares for a tough race With all the pre-race running now complete, the Aston Martin Racing team now faces the task of racing for 1000 miles, or ten hours, on one of North America's most challenging...
Aston Martin Racing prepares for a tough race
With all the pre-race running now complete, the Aston Martin Racing team now faces the task of racing for 1000 miles, or ten hours, on one of North America's most challenging circuits, the 2.54 mile Road Atlanta circuit in Georgia.
David Brabham will start the no. 57 DBR9 that he will share with Darren Turner and Jonny Kane, while Pedro Lamy will take the start in the no. 58, shared with Peter Kox and Tomas Enge.
Brabham, who last raced a prototype at Road Atlanta in 2002, is well aware of the dangers ahead. "Because of the way the rules are now, it makes it slightly more difficult for the prototypes to get past us; they are not as fast on the straight," said Brabham. "We do have to be more aware of what is coming up behind us and, particularly for our class, not to be too afraid to back off and let the prototype go.
"The only place they can pass us is in the corner and that increases the risk factor. We are not that far off their pace in a straight line and if they are only a couple of car lengths behind us they will get stuck. I know what it is like to pass slower cars in places I probably shouldn't have done when I was here in a Panoz. You have got to run a fast pace, but we have got to make sure we don't have any issues. It is not necessarily who is the fastest, but who has the cleanest race here."
Lamy admitted to concerns at the start. "I am a bit nervous as normal - when you start it is always a difficult moment," said the Portuguese. "I will see how the others split and will do my best to have a clean first stint."