Aston Martin Racing LMP1 Presented at Paul Ricard Circuit

Aston Martin Racing presented its 2009 LMP1 cars for the first time at the Le Mans Series testing session at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France on 8/9 March. The two cars, numbered 007 and 009, were tested by all six drivers of the team, Jan Charouz (CZ), Tomas Enge (CZ), Stefan Mücke (DE), Harold Primat (CH), Miguel Ramos (PT) and Darren Turner (GB).

In total, 28 of the 50 cars registered to compete in the Le Mans Series tested their cars on the circuit which attracted no less than 3,500 spectators. This was the first time in 10 years when the public was granted access to the test track.

Getting back to the cars, the 007 had a severe accident on day one with Czech driver Tomas Enge at the wheel. Although the car was seriously damaged, the driver walked away uninjured from the crash, Aston Martin Racing assured the fans in a press statement.

"Considering how short a time the team had to build up the two cars we were running really well without any major problems. Unfortunately because of my error the test was compromised but prior to the accident the car was good and I believe that we will be even stronger than we were last year," Tomas Enge commented on his evolution on the track.

Overall, Aston Martin Racing's cars went pretty well and the team's principal George Howard-Chappell says the team deserves full credit for these successful performances.

"Obviously the accident has set us back to a degree but as always we will recover and we will be in Barcelona with two race-ready cars. I am pleased that the new drivers are getting to grips with the car and are integrating well with the team and the ‘old hands' are also performing well," he said.
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