Darren Turner’s Le Mans 24 Hours ended in early retirement yesterday when a technical problem for the AMR-One caused him to go off on the third lap of the race.
Darren took the start in the 007 AMR-One but after a couple of smooth opening laps he felt a vibration on the run down from Tetre Rouge to the first Mulsanne Chicane. He backed off the power but as he turned into the chicane a technical problem caused him to spin off into the gravel. Darren managed to get the car back to the pits but after some serious effort from the Aston Martin Racing team it was decided to retire the AMR-One from Le Mans.
“We changed the water pump pulley from aluminium to steel after we found some cracks in it after Thursday night’s qualifying sessions,” explained Darren. “Unfortunately this just pushed the problem further down the line. In hindsight if we had run with what we had we would’ve completed more of the race. It’s a bitter disappointment to go out so early. The guys on the car have worked non-stop for six months and it doesn’t seem just that we couldn’t get a result for them.”
“As a team we need to regroup and push on,” he continued. “From a driver’s point of view the handling characteristics of the car have been impressive which bodes well for the future of AMR-One. Now we need to focus on continuing the engine development.”
Darren is now looking forward to another 24-hour race but this time it is the Nürburgring 24 Hours in two weeks’ time. As a Nürburgring rookie he has had to take part in two VLN races in order to compete in the 24 hours and he has loved every lap of the Nordschleife!