After a stunning race at the iconic Circuit de la Sarthe, Aston Martin Racing has managed to take a dramatic victory at the 85th 24 Hours of Le Mans. A race that took place until the very last lap, Jonny Adam (GB), Darren Turner (GB), Daniel Serra (BR) and their Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE put together a flawless performance throughout.
The team competing fiercely for the entirety of the gruelling 24 hour race, Jonny Adam headed into the pits for his final fuel stop at the same time as the #63 Corvette. Leaving the pits behind the Corvette, Adam found himself embroiled in a relentless battle right up to the finish line. Trading places with his rival time and time again, Adam managed to find his way past the Corvette whilst crossing the start/finish line on the penultimate lap.
As a tense final lap unfolded, Adam managed to secure his position when the Corvette ran wide at the second Mulsanne corner and a slow puncture then halted their progress. The spectators on their feet, Adam crossed the line to claim a victory that was testament to an incredible team effort and a fantastic car.
Speaking of his challenging final stint, Jonny Adam said:
“It was an extremely tough last stint, we nearly pipped the Corvette on the pit exit in the last hour and when he did get the jump there he was fast. He managed to pull at one point a six to eight car length gap, but our goal was not to give up. He looked weak in a few corners and I knew I had to capitalise on them and when I got on to his bumper I knew it was now or never if I wanted to win Le Mans. We got it and it was really cool to get him just before the finish line and to see fans in the grandstands and the team on the pit wall celebrating, and it was then just time to bring it home.”
Not only did the team manage to secure Le Mans victory but they also managed to break all GTE race and qualifying records during the race week; subsequently securing pole position during qualifying and also ensuring a clean double points sweep. Darren Turner – the member of the team who set a new qualifying GTE lap record – paid tribute to the team’s efforts and success:
“I have to say Jonny’s last stint was exceptional and Daniels’ pace considering it was his first time at Le Mans was great, I couldn’t ask for two better team mates. The team did an exceptional job throughout the night, and what a feeling, I am so proud to be part of this team. It was a great team effort and it was great to be on the top step. It’s just a shame that the whole team couldn’t join us as it was one of the best podiums I have ever been on and for me personally this was my hardest Le Mans and my sweetest victory.”
Aston Martin Racing shall return to the FIA World Endurance Championship on Sunday 16th July at the demanding 6 Hours of Nurburgring.