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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-17-2005, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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LE MANS: Aston Martin celebrate return with pole.

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
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-17-2005, 02:33 PM
 
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“The key in endurance racing,” says Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan, “is to try to minimize the misfortune you’re going to encounter. I’ve often said that the formula for success is 25 percent great team, 25 percent great car, and 50 percent good luck.” By all accounts he has a super car and a talented, dedicated team – with a healthy dose of luck on race day Corvette fans might well hear the distinctive deep rumble of the bright yellow Corvettes pass the finish line at the head of their class.
Only bad luck and a faulty part allowed AM to win at Sebring.
otherwise it was a walkover for the Vette's....

And i wouldn't rule out the Ferrari's..........
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“The key in endurance racing,” says Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan, “is to try to minimize the misfortune you’re going to encounter. I’ve often said that the formula for success is 25 percent great team, 25 percent great car, and 50 percent good luck.” By all accounts he has a super car and a talented, dedicated team – with a healthy dose of luck on race day Corvette fans might well hear the distinctive deep rumble of the bright yellow Corvettes pass the finish line at the head of their class.
Only bad luck and a faulty part allowed AM to win at Sebring.
otherwise it was a walkover for the Vette's....

And i wouldn't rule out the Ferrari's..........
True... it's an "endurance" race... so pole position doesn't really mean anything... but I still want AM to win this year though... :
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True... it's an "endurance" race... so pole position doesn't really mean anything... but I still want AM to win this year though... :
So do millions of british racing fans.
After all the last time a truely British car (bentley was just a rebadged Audi R8) won at LeMans, Ford came along and stole their thunder the very next year.........

Too bad for the Brits.

I have a feeling that the C6R might show a lot of cars it's ass for a very long time..............

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