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SUNDAY 0300: CONSISTENCY THE KEY FOR ASTON MARTIN There is no change to the front of the GT1 leaderboard at Le Mans, with Aston Martin 007 leading 009. At the wheel are Peter Kox and Rickard Rydell, both of whom are now a lap ahead of the ...

SUNDAY 0300: CONSISTENCY THE KEY FOR ASTON MARTIN

There is no change to the front of the GT1 leaderboard at Le Mans, with Aston Martin 007 leading 009. At the wheel are Peter Kox and Rickard Rydell, both of whom are now a lap ahead of the third-placed Corvette.

The long, lonely hours at night are some of toughest tests a Le Mans driver will face. There were no complaints from the Aston Martin Racing drivers though. "Everything's going really well," said Darren Turner, on his way to grab about three hours of sleep before returning to the garage at 5am. "We've had no real problems, and I'm very pleased with my stints."

In fact the only unscheduled mechanical intervention the DBR9 has faced so fair is a repair to a rear light cluster, which stopped working on car 009. Johnny Herbert, who drove the car until just before 0300 echoed the sentiments of his team mates.

"I'm very happy," he said. "The conditions are a lot more consistent now and so we've been able to do some much more regular times."

AMR Larbre Competition's Christophe Bouchut has undertaken a mammoth quadruple stint in the 008 car, consolidating its fourth position. One place and one lap behind him is the AMR BMS DBR9, currently being driven by Jamie Davies.

There was drama for Team Modena's DBR9, which was struck from behind by an LMP2 prototype. The resulting rear end damage meant that the DBR9 was wheeled straight into the garage for some hurried repairs. The rear wing and diffuser are being replaced: a disastrous blow for the team as several minutes were lost.

-credit: amr

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Darren Turner , Jamie Davies , Peter Kox , Christophe Bouchut
Teams Aston Martin Racing , Larbre Competition