Morning has broken over the Nordschleife and all four of the Aston Martin Nürburgring 24 Hours entries are still pounding around the 25-km circuit after 16-hours of action-packed racing.
Nürburgring, 22 June 2014 - Morning has broken over the Nordschleife and all four of the Aston Martin Nürburgring 24 Hours entries are still pounding around the 25-km circuit after 16-hours of action-packed racing.
Aston Martin Racing’s #007 V12 Vantage GT3 is in sixth thanks to strong and consistent driving from Darren Turner (GB), Pedro Lamy (PT) and Stefan Mücke (DE) throughout the night and dawn hours.
The Bilstein and Castrol Edge-liveried machine recorded its fastest lap of the race in the early hours of the morning making it quicker than the five GT3 cars ahead of it.
“The GT3 is running smoothly and Darren, Stefan and Pedro have all consistently completed their stints safely and quickly,” commented Head of Motorsport at Aston Martin Racing David King. “We’re still a lap behind the pack of five at the front but we just have to keep doing what we are doing and see what the race brings to us.”
As the sun began to rise, the #100 V8 Vantage N430 was comfortably in second place in the SP10 class. However, seasoned-racer and British journalist Chris Harris was involved in an incident with a GT3 car causing enough damage to bring it back to the garage. The Aston Martin crew worked hard to replace a bent steering arm and get the car backout. At the 16-hour mark, Andreas Gülden (DE) is hunting down a podium position.
In the SP8 class, the #55 V12 Vantage is still comfortably holding second place and the #70 V8 N430 is in third.
“All of our drivers have got through the difficult early morning shift,” added King. “However, there are still eight hours of racing to go and we mustn’t become complacent. Regardless of fatigue, the whole team will stay focused on getting all four of our cars across the finish line to retain Aston Martin’s 100 per cent finishing rate at the Nürburging’s most grueling endurance event.”