FRIDAY 17TH JUNE 2005
Aston Martin has celebrated its return to Le Mans by qualifying in first and second in the GT1 class for the 73rd running of the famous 24 hour event.
The DBR9 driven by Tomas Enge, Peter Kox and Pedro Lamy recorded a time of 3min 48.5sec in the final minutes of the four hours of qualifying, while its stablemate driven by David Brabham, Stephane Sarrazin and Darren Turner was just one second behind.
Enge, who blitzed to the fastest time in the #58 car said he was pleased with the performance of the car.
"This is a great car which is easy to drive with excellent handling," he said. "We have shown we are fast and are now looking forward to the race. The support here is fantastic and I am very pleased for the team."
However team director David Richards refused to get too carried away after qualifying, pointing out that anything can happen in a 24 hour race.
"Naturally we are pleased with such a good qualifying performance, but we are of course conscious that there are many surprises in a 24-hour race and we are in for an interesting weekend," he said. "What is also pleasing is the consistency of all six drivers, who qualified within seconds of each other."
Enge/Kox/Lamy, Aston Martin Racing, DBR9, Le Mans 24 Hours, Thursday Qualifying, 16/06/05