NIGHT RACING IN THE ALGARVE Along with his team-mates, Miguel Ramos and Harold Primat, Darren Turner finished last night's Le Mans Series race in Portugal in fifth place. The British driver qualified the 009 Aston Martin LMP1 car in fifth,...
NIGHT RACING IN THE ALGARVE
Along with his team-mates, Miguel Ramos and Harold Primat, Darren Turner finished last night's Le Mans Series race in Portugal in fifth place. The British driver qualified the 009 Aston Martin LMP1 car in fifth, despite only having one run that wasn't blighted by traffic.
The traffic proved to be a problem at the Algarve 1000kms as the circuit has many elevation changes which, coupled with the restricted visibility in closed cockpit cars, made it a tough event for all the competitors.
Miguel Ramos had the honour of starting his home race in 009. The Portuguese racer did a good job, completing a double stint before handing over to Harold Primat in sixth place. Primat didn't have such a good time and pitted unannounced after having a coming together with a GT2 Ferrari. The car was okay so he finished his single stint before handing over to Darren who set out for a double.
The car was more than okay as Darren was immediately the fastest man on the track as he chased down fifth place. He completed his double stint before handing back over to Primat who did a short run before letting Darren get back behind the wheel.
During the final run Darren took fifth place and was well on his way to catching fourth before the chequered flag signalled the end of the first ever night race for the Le Mans Series.
"I was very happy with my pace," said Darren. "I was able to get into a rhythm and really go for it, especially towards the end of the race when the car was feeling great. Driving at night with traffic on such an undulating track turned out to be a lot harder than we anticipated. It was important for us to keep out of trouble and get some points and that's what we did."