The Circuit de la Sarthe beckons again for Darren Turner as he prepares to head to France for his 14th Le Mans 24 Hours. The British racer who holds the current GTE Pro lap record at Le Mans is eager to get back on track in the #95 Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
“June can never come around soon enough for me,” said Turner. “It’s the highlight of the sportscar season, what with the Le Mans Test and then Le Mans itself. I think all of us at Aston Martin Racing realise that we have a big battle ahead of us. The competition is as strong as ever, if not stronger and looking at the times from the Test Day it is going to be very close. As always it will be a race of attrition so reliability and strong pit stops will be crucial to getting a good result. We are fairly happy with the car balance and we just need to find a little bit of performance on Wednesday and Thursday night to find those last few tenths.”
Turner shares driving duties in the #95 Aston Martin with the Danish duo, Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen.
“This is the first time I have done a 24-hour race with Nicki and Marco in the #95 ‘Dane Train’ and I have become an honorary Dane during race weekends,” he said. “They are great guys, with a lot of enthusiasm and there is a very positive vibe in the team. We all work well together which is vital when you are going into a tough event like Le Mans.”
With corner names that reach back into the history books such as Arnage, Tertre Rouge and Mulsanne, Turner knows that every time he races at Le Mans he is part of something very special.
“Le Mans is the ultimate endurance race,” he explained. “It’s world-famous; everyone knows about Le Mans and its history. If you are a racing driver who is lucky enough to compete at Le Mans it quickly becomes a highlight of your career. I feel very fortunate to have been able to do it this many times as an Aston Martin driver. It is very special and I can’t want for the start at 3pm a week on Saturday!”
With qualifying sessions on Wednesday and Thursday night there is plenty of track action to look forward to at Le Mans. The 84th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours gets underway at 3pm CET on Saturday 18 June and you can follow all the action on Eurosport, the 24H LE MANS app and of course on Radio Le Mans.