Paul Ricard HTTT
- Primat pleased with AMR-One
- Aston Martin driver feels test race went well
- Team positive about next challenge
Racing Driver Harold Primat and Aston Martin AMR-One Completes Another Stage of Development at Paul Ricard
Swiss racing driver Harold Primat formed part of the driver line up that gave the Aston Martin AMR-One a full race test at the opening round of the Le Mans Series at Paul Ricard this weekend.
Aston Martin Racing will be working solidly over the coming weeks to get the car ready to be competitive for the next race.
The AMR-One performed well for its third test, with the car completing 96 laps. The total mileage achieved today surpasses all shake-down tests achieved to date with much data and learning gained. Aside from a misfire developing, the car exceeded expectations at this early stage of development. Modifications to balance and set-up were made throughout the weekend with driver feedback improving continuously with every stint.
George Howard-Chappell said: "This weekend has provided valuable progress to our development programme. We have taken advantage of testing under race conditions with better understanding of how the car behaves in traffic and on/off the racing line.
"We have solved some inevitable teething problems, and begun to concentrate on the dynamic characteristics of the car. I must stress how early we are in the development process and we go home now to continue in preparation for Le Mans Test later this month."
AMR-One driver Harold Primat said: "We have made some solid progress this weekend with the development of the car. We qualified in eleventh position, made a strong start to the race and were soon up to running in P2 in class and P7 overall. The focus for the remainder of the race was to make a number of key set up changes and to use today as a test bed for future races.
"We are all happy with how the car ran today and we have a lot of solid data to use over the coming weeks to refine and develop the car ahead of the next race. I completed 35 laps today, which is almost two stints, and a solid test programme with which to develop the car from. We know where the weaknesses lie and the team back at Aston Martin Racing will be working solidly over the coming weeks to get the car ready to be competitive for the next race."