When Darren Turner races the No.97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE in this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours it will be the 11th time the British racer has competed at the greatest endurance race of them all. Already a double-winner, Turner is hoping for the hat trick this time out.
The No.97 Aston Martin has a stunning new livery for this weekend thanks to a design competition run by Aston Martin Racing’s partner, Gulf.
“I managed to have a peep at the livery yesterday morning but I didn’t see it in its full glory until we got down to Scrutineering,” said Darren. “It looks amazing; really eye-catching and funky. It was a great idea from Gulf to do something a bit different for Le Mans and the winner designer, Jonathan Wesley, came up with a cracking livery for us.”
Darren shares the Vantage GTE with Stefan Mucke and Peter Dumbreck at Le Mans, making a formidable line up. Tough competition will come from the other side of the Aston Martin garage from Bruno Senna, Rob Bell and Fred Makowiecki in the No.99 Aston; and very strong entries from Ferrari, Corvette, Porsche and Viper.
“We’re definitely in with a shout but it’s going to be a proper hard slog of a race,” said Darren. “It’s going to be one of those epic, intense GT battles where the result gets decided in the last few minutes of the race.
“We were spoilt last year as we were the only car run by Aston Martin Racing,” he continued. “This year there are five Astons but the team has done a tremendous job expanding. The atmosphere is so positive and we can’t wait to get stuck in when we start running tomorrow.”