Aston Martin and PokerStars win in Atlanta

Aston Martin Racing came first and second at the 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans on Saturday 30 September. Tomas Enge and Darren Turner taking the top GT1 honours in their 007 Aston Martin DBR9.

The team, drivers and cars performed faultlessly to give British manufacturer Aston Martin the top two positions in the GT1 category.

Eight hours in to the race Lamy reported a right rear puncture in the 009 DBR9 and pitted, the team changed the tyres and fuelled the car to the end of the race. Lamy stayed in the car, rejoining the race in second place.

The seventh safety car of the race was deployed after an LMP1 prototype spun. The 007 DBR9 was waved-by and then pitted for tyres, fuel to the end of the race and a driver change, Enge getting behind the wheel for the final few laps of the 1,000-mile race.

The safety car remained out for 11 laps while marshals cleared debris from turn 12. When racing resumed the 007 DBR9 was leading the race, the 009 DBR9 just behind in second. The positions remained the same until the chequered flag with Pedro Lamy crossing the finish line in the 009 DBR9 one lap down.

The elated Aston Martin team will be celebrating long into the night.
Brad Willis
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