Aston Martin fastest in first Le Mans qualifying session

Aston Martin Racing topped both the timing tables in the first qualifying session of the 24 Hours of Le Mans last night.

Le Mans, 20 June 2013 - The #99 Vantage GTE, driven by Frenchman Frédéric Makowiecki, put in a 3:55.658 to go fastest overall and, in the GTE Am class, the #95 was the quickest of the nighttime session.

#99 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE: Rob Bell, Frédéric Makowiecki, Bruno Senna
#99 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE: Rob Bell, Frédéric Makowiecki, Bruno Senna

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Despite the extra ballast given to all five of the Vantage GTEs following solid performances in the official Le Mans test session 10 days ago, each of the cars pushed hard to record fast times.

With little under an hour remaining, the session was red-flagged due to an irreparable damage to barrier caused by an incident.

Aston Martin Racing Team Principal John Gaw comments: “The team finally got out on track for the first running of a busy week and going fastest in both GT classes is certainly a good way to start our Le Mans campaign. The four-hour practice session earlier in the day allowed us to get the cars well prepared and our drivers put in some solid laps in the qualifying session despite the disruptions caused by red flags and the mixed conditions on track. The plan is to keep pushing and get the best possible qualifying results for all of our cars as well as setting them up to make them easy to drive in the race.”

The five Aston Martin Vantage GTEs will next head out onto the track at 1900hrs today for the second qualifying session of the week.

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Rob Bell , Eric Gilbert , John Gaw , Bruno Senna , Frédéric Makowiecki
Teams Aston Martin Racing
Article type Qualifying report
Tags 2013, aston martin, frédéric makowiecki, gte am, john gaw, le mans