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.
Niarchos replaces Nathan Kinch in the Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari
Nathan Kinch has “other commitments”.
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
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?