2006 Aston Martin DBR9 review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 21 February 2007 , 10:02:01 byAlina

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Aston Martin DBR9

The Aston Martin Racing team experienced a heartbreak at the 2006 Le Mans 24 Hours, as the team could not deliver the victory and they had to settle for second place. Pedro Lamy, Stephane Ortelli and Stephane Sarrazin, drove the lead DBR9, but in the 21st hour, a clutch problem issued, taking lengthy repairs. The car dropped down to fifth in class because of the pitstop which lasted 45 minutes, thus disappointing the Aston Martin Racing fans in the record 230,000 crowd. The team's other DBR9 suffered a cracked oil pipe on lap four and the chances to victory were seriously reduced, although the team started on pole position. George Howard-Chappell, Team Principal, Aston Martin Racing, commented that it was very disappointing to be leading at the 21-hour mark, only to have victory snatched away from them. He added that they had put in a great team performance that weekend and they had had a serious battle with the Corvettes. However, the second place was not a happy result for them. David Richards, Chairman of Aston Martin Racing, also commented that the result gave them a sense of deja-vu and they were truly disappointed. Tomas Ange said that they could have won the race and he did not get any satisfaction from the fact that they finished second. He was proud of his qualifying record, but they had come there to win. Darren Turner added that what happened at the start was a disappointment, while Andrea Piccini announced that it felt good to finish his first Le Mans 24 Hours on the podium.