Aston Martin Drivers At Sebring
Whoever they are, in the two Aston Martins at Sebring next month,
the line-up currently doesn’t look as though it will be a
very familiar one, to Sebring race-goers.
Brabham / Ortelli / Turner trio will have only a maximum of one
of them back next month (in a DBR9).
week’s Aston Martin test at Vallelunga saw V8 Supercar driver
(for Ford Performance Driving) Jason Bright at the wheel of a DBR9,
and he looks like a serious contender for a race seat at Sebring.
Bright was joined by Prodrive regulars Pedro Lamy
and Stephane Sarrazin, and another newcomer in Nicolas Kiesa. A
Danish presence at Sebring and Le Mans looks almost a certainty
at the moment.
“Prodrive is seriously considering Bright
to join the factory Aston Martin Racing DBR9 team,” says Bright’s
media release, “to contest a number of non-V8 Supercar Championship
conflicting international events during 2006, that include the Sebring
12 Hour, the Petit Le Mans event and the prestigious Le Mans 24
"I have been fortunate in terms of having raced
and tested in a number of different racing cars during my career
and the Aston Martin DBR9 is a very impressive race car,”
said the Australian. “The biggest thing is the downforce -
there are a couple of very quick corners at Vallelunga, particularly
the first turn. The downforce and the grip there was pretty impressive
and it was probably the hardest thing for me to get used to as I
have not driven anything with considerable downforce since 2000.”
Bright apparently matched the times of the Prodrive
Aston Martin regulars, on the second day of the test (February 9).
V8 Supercar rival Mark Skaife raced at Le Mans nine
years ago, in a Lister Storm, but generally it’s a rarity
to see the V8 men racing in GT cars (David Brabham can be considered
a GT man racing, occasionally, in V8 Supercars).