PokerStars and Aston Martin Racing at Le Mans
Here are the Aston Martin Racing positions as of 2300 hrs:
Car 009: 2nd in GT1, (+26s), 10th overall, 86 laps
Car 007: 10th in GT1 (+ 6 laps), 23rd overall, 80 laps
Aston Martin Racing made good progress from hours three to six at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Both DBR9s ran faultlessly and moved steadily up the overall leader board.
Stephane Sarrazin drove a double stint in car 009, which remains second in class. Tomas Enge drove two stints in car 007, which sits 10th in GT1, before handing over to Stephane Ortelli.
Driver Stephane Sarrazin said, "The car was really good throughout my stint. I was able to continue with a good pace, although I was held up in traffic quite a lot. The only problem I had was when a stone got caught under my throttle pedal, resulting in it staying open on one lap at the chicane. But so far so good."
Tomas Enge said, "As a result of our problems earlier in the race, it is not possible for us to fight with the leaders at the moment. The car is performing well and the only thing we can do is drive flat-out for the whole race and see where that gets us. Maximum attack!"
Here are the cars' positions at 0200 hrs:
DBR9 009: 1st in GT1, 5th overall, 132 laps
DBR9 007: 7th in GT1 (+ 6 laps), 14th overall, 126 laps
Aston Martin Racing's drivers are dialled into the darkness at Le Mans, where both DBR9s have made good progress in the last three hours. Car 009 has taken the lead of the GT1 class and lies fifth overall; car 007, which suffered a cracked oil pipe in the first hour, lies seventh in class and has climbed from 23rd to 14th overall.
Stephane Ortelli (009): "The car feels very good to drive and we can see how competitive we are relative to the opposition. In my stint, I drove as consistently as possible and was quite cautious in the traffic. There is still a long way to go."
Andrea Piccini (007): "It was definitely a stint of two halves for me. The first one was great: the car was handling well and I had very little traffic; the second one was very hard because I was always surrounded by slower cars, which made it harder to maintain consistent lap times. Still, I managed to make good progress up the order and we are going well."