Driver Changes & Additions At Le Mans
And A Very Significant Birthday

A very odd list has appeared on the official website, but moving along for now, it seems (according to the French press) that Stephane Ortelli and Andrea Piccini are the two additions to the Aston Martin Racing line-ups – to join the already announced Tomas Enge, Darren Turner, Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy. Both are experienced in DBR9s.

The driver combinations are not clear yet, in 007 and 009 - but Piccini is likely to be with Enge and Turner, Ortelli with Sarrazin and Lamy. No official statement has been made regarding tyre choice yet.

Meanwhile, Chris Niarchos replaces Nathan Kinch in the Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari F430 GTC.

Nathan Kinch has “other commitments”.

“Ever since I was a young boy, the Le Mans 24 Hours was the race I always wanted to see,” comments Niarchos. “In my book it’s the world’s biggest race and to have the chance to attend was a lifelong goal. To have the privilege to compete, and be part of the world’s best GT team, at the world’s biggest race, is all my Christmases coming at once. I am also looking forward to learning as much as possible from my two co-drivers, Tim Mullen and Andrew Kirkaldy, who are certainly two of the best GT drivers in the world today. I simply cannot wait!!”

Among the prototypes, we've had Simon Pullan listed against the Bruneau Pilbeam for several days. That was initially for the test day, but seems likely to be for the race too. Pullan drove this car at Istanbul last November, when it was fitted with the JPX engine (it's Judd-engined now).

And finally for now, a very significant birthday: Jan Lammers might not thank us for pointing it out, but the Dutchman is 50 years old today. Happy birthday Jan. Or is it tomorrow?


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