PokerStars and Aston Martin Racing Win Close One

By the slimmest of margins - 0.033 seconds -- PokerStars and Aston Martin Racing claimed a sensational American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT1 victory Saturday in the New England Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.

In a race that saw five lead changes in GT1, Pedro Lamy took the chequered flag in his 009 DBR9 just ahead of the second-place Corvette. The win was Aston Martin's first in ALMS since the 2005 12 Hours of Sebring.

The close-run battle over 2 hours and 45 minutes saw 007 drivers Darren Turner and Tomas Enge cross the finish line in third place with all of the podium-placed GT1 cars finishing on the same lap separated only by 18.485 seconds.

Lamy and co-driver Stephane Sarrazin finished fourth overall, while Turner and Enge finished sixth overall.

Lamy, who is Portuguese, and Frenchman Sarrazin were winners on and off the track as Portugal and France both went through to the semi-finals in the FIFA World Cup.

George Howard-Chappell, Team Principal, Aston Martin Racing said, "It was a very exciting race and a tremendous team effort, very well-driven by the four drivers. To have all three cars finish on the same lap is amazing, it was such a close race. It has been a while since we have won a race and it's a great feeling to be back on the top of the podium. The team really appreciate the support from the Lime Rock crowd this weekend and are all looking forward to the next round in Salt Lake City."

Brad Willis
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