Le Mans, 9 June – Aston Martin Racing has topped the timing sheets in both GTE classes at the official 24 Hours of Le Mans test session today (9 June) and, despite changing weather conditions, the team was able to thoroughly prepare all five Gulf-liveried Vantage GTEs ahead of the 24-hour race in two weeks' time.
In the eight-hour session, which was hampered at times by rain, the crews working on each of the V8-powered chargers worked closely with their drivers to fine-tune the new Le Mans-specific aero package as well as completing the standard pre-race set up practices. When the test day ended, it was the #97 Vantage GTE that had recorded the fastest time in the GTE Pro class with the #96 Vantage GTE taking the top spot in the Am class. The team also secured the second fastest time in each category.
Peter Dumbreck (GB), who set the fastest GTE lap of the day aboard the #97 Vantage GTE with a time of 3:58.806, comments: "First of all, for me it's a chance to get time in the Vantage GTE. So far this year I haven't done many miles in the car. After eight years, I'm back at Le Mans and re-learning the track. I started in the wet, but finished in the dry and got a clear lap. It's been a great start to my Le Mans."
"It's so impressive what Aston Martin Racing has done with the new garage set-up - it's a big year for us, being the centenary year. The race should be interesting - each car has a great driver line-up and each could win its class."
Jamie Campbell-Walter (GB), fastest in GTE Am in the #96 car with a time of 4:00.867, adds: "The car is obviously very good. The most important thing here is that the car is comfortable. Yes, speed is important, but you need a comfortable car and we certainly have that. We are here first and foremost to test the car, but to be fastest is great and bodes well for the race in two weeks' time."