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ASTON MARTIN TOPS GT CLASSES AT LE MANS TESTING

Greg Emmerson
Jun 10, 2013 SHARE

During the official test session for the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday, Aston Martin Racing led both GTE classes with the fastest times recorded.

The eight-hour session was interrupted by rain but the crews working on the five V8-powered entries were able to make preparations for the big race in two weeks time.

The teams worked on a new Le Mans aerodynamic package that will give less downforce to increase speed along the Mulsanne straight.

When the test ended, #97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE set the fastest time in the GTE Pro class, with #96 Vantage GTE taking top spot in the Am class. The team also secured second fastest in each calss.

British driver Peter Dumbreck set the fastest lap of the day in car #97 with a time of 3:58.806. "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."

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Jamie Campbell-Walter set the fastest in #96 but the session also gave Aston Martin Racing's three Le Mans rookies- Paul Dalla Lana, Jonny Adam and Richie Stanaway the opportunity to complete their ten mandatory laps required in order to race at Le Mans.

Under the regulations, all drivers must complete ten laps of the 8.5-mile Circuit de la Sarthe before they can compete in the 24-hour race. Works team driver Dalla Lana and Aston Martin Racing's two reserve drivers Adam and Stanaway were the only three in the team's 17-strong driver line-up not to have raced at Le Mans before.

Aston Martin Racing has entered five Vantage GTEs - three Pro and two Am - into the 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans, which starts on 22 June.

Follow the team's progress at http://www.astonmartin.com/racing

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