Aston Martin Drivers & Tyres (At Le Mans)

007 - Tomas Enge / Andrea Piccini / Darren Turner
009 - Pedro Lamy / Stephane Ortelli / Stephane Sarrazin
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Those are the six drivers who were almost certain anyway, as of earlier today (Thursday).

“We have 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.”

Piccini should 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."

 

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