Aston Martin LMP1, Fastest Petrol Car at Sebring

The opening round of the American Le Mans Series, the 12 Hours of Sebring, ended successfully for the Aston Martin Racing team. Despite the fact it finished third overall, the Aston Martin 007 car was the fastest petrol car to cross the finish line at the famous race circuit.

“Another immaculate performance by George and his team in finishing here as fastest petrol car and a great start to the season,” Aston Martin Chairman, David Richards, said in a release.

Drivers Adrian Fernández, Stefan Mücke  and Harold Primat got behind the wheel of the production-based Aston Martin V12-powered LMP1 car and drove it to victory.

“I’m very pleased; it's the best we could have expected if all front running cars were reliable - which they were. We wanted to be the fastest petrol car at Sebring and it’s excellent preparation for Le Mans, having a completely clean run with no issues at all. The Michelin tyres were fantastic as usual so happy all round,” stated Team Principal, George Howard-Chappell.

The Aston Martin Racing team completed 364 laps of the 3.7 mile Sebring International Raceway covering a total of 1,347 miles.

“It was a fantastic race for the team and a great start for me in my debut with Aston Martin. The team and the other drivers did a superb job in what was a very tough race. It bodes well for the car because if it can handle 12 hours of Sebring, then it will do well in the 24 hours of Le Mans,”
Frenandez said.

The team is now heading to the eight hour Le Mans Series race at Paul Ricard in France in April 11, 2010. It will then return to the USA in April for the second round of the American Le Mans Series at Long Beach on April 17, 2010.
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