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Aston Martin Wins Laguna Seca ALMS - Web Exclusive

With the factory car in first place, Aston Martin could have seen a 1-2 finish if it wasn’t for a fuel pump problem with the Muscle Milk team entry.

Greg Emmerson
Sep 19, 2011

Aston Martin won the annual American Le Mans Series race at Laguna Seca this weekend. Under sunny skies, in a race dominated by yellow flags, the team ran faultlessly for six hours to take the top spot on the podium.

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Drivers Adrian Fernandez (MEX), Stefan Mücke (D) and Harold Primat (CH) drove the Aston Martin DBR1-2 consistently in the top three, remaining in first position for the final hour.

A second Aston Martin prototype, entered by Muscle Milk Racing was also running in the top three until lap 146, when a fuel pump problem brought the car into the garage for an hour. The team went on to finish the race fifth in class.

In qualifying, Fernandez put in a 1:14.621 lap in the factory-entered Lowes-sponsored DBR1-2, which put the team third on the grid for the race.

Alongside them was the V12-powered Muscle Milk Aston Martin LMP1, which Klaus Graf (D) qualified fourth with a time of 1:15.564.

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Mücke started the race for the factory and within five laps had moved up to second. By the seventh lap he was leading the race and making good progress. For the remaining five hours, the blue-and-orange Gulf Oil-liveried DBR1-2 stayed in the top three positions.

Aston Martin Racing Team Principal, George Howard Chappell said: “I’m obviously extremely pleased with the result. It is a great shame to see the Muscle Milk car drop out when it did, as we could have been on for an Aston 1-2, but nevertheless we have an Aston Martin victory, which is fantastic.

“I am delighted for the team who have achieved this result on our return to the States after a difficult year – they’ve all worked hard for this, so it is a just reward.”

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Aston Martin Racing will return to the American Le Mans Series in two weeks at the final Petit Le Mans round.

By Greg Emmerson
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