Martin Drivers & Tyres (At Le Mans)
007 - Tomas Enge / Andrea Piccini / Darren Turner
009 - Pedro Lamy / Stephane Ortelli / Stephane Sarrazin.
Those are the
six drivers who were almost certain anyway, as of earlier today
a great driver line-up,” says Aston Martin Racing Team Principal
George Howard-Chappell. “Four of the drivers were with us
last year and have driven for us in the first three ALMS races of
this year. Stephane drove for us at Sebring in 2005 and, although
Andrea is new to our team, he has shown great potential driving
a DBR9 for one of our customer teams.”
“This will be the first time I have competed
at Le Mans,” said the newcomer, Piccini. “I hope that
I have proved myself in the first two races of the FIA GT Championship
this year; I have a good feeling in the DBR9 and liked the car straight
away. Le Mans is the most important race in history and I am really
proud to be driving for Aston Martin.”
get plenty of time in the 007 car at the test day, because Darren
Turner is racing at Thruxton this weekend. The Italian has led both
of this year's FIA GT races, in the Phoenix DBR9.
Howard-Chappell went on to point out that “relative
to last year and to our opposition in the GT1 class we have been
handicapped. We have been given an additional 25kg of weight, we
are no longer allowed to run our low down-force front bumper and
we have had our engine performance reduced via a smaller restrictor.
We were fast last year but as always in motor racing, this year
will be an unknown and we won’t really know where we are in
comparison to the opposition until we get to the race.”
GH-C also confirmed the long-suspected news that
the two DBR9s will race on Michelin tyres.
"Pirelli are still our tyre partner in the
US and if we race there again after Le Mans it will be with Pirelli."