Aston Martin Will Sacrifice Spa Race for Le Mans

With the Le Mans 24 Hours race less than two months away, Aston Martin has gone full speed with their AMR-One testing and development programme for the aforementioned event.

Unfortunately however, this means the team will not be able to make the grid in the upcoming 1000 km of Spa-Francorchamps race, scheduled to take place two weekends from now, from May 5 to 7. And the reason for that is the team will try to take care of the problems they've encountered in their last at Le Mans, the past weekend.

During the official testing session on the Le Mans track, the AMR-One experienced an engine issue related to its plasma cylinder lining. That problem will be carefully looked into in the weeks to come, in order to secure a reliable package for the 24-hour event in mid-June.

We could go to the Spa 1000km race in May, but this race meeting will set an agenda for us that doesn’t allow us to achieve what we need to accomplish,” said Aston Martin Racing's Chairman David Richards. “We need to complete our testing at our own pace including engine, aero and long distance tests,” he added.

This is the second major event the AMR-One misses this season, following their absence from the Sebring 12 Hours race in March, the opening round of the 2011 Le Mans Intercontinental Cup. Its only official outing this year has been at the Le Mans Series opener at Paul Ricard.
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