Aston Martin Racing team-mates Darren Turner and Jonny Adam finished the 6 Hours of Shanghai in sixth place on Sunday. Still affected with the latest Balance of Performance changes the British duo knew that a podium in China would most likely have to be at the expense of technical problems for their rivals from Ferrari and Porsche.
Turner took pole position and the race win at Shanghai in 2012 and 2013 with Stefan Mucke. They were on for the hat trick last year with pole position but had to retire from the race lead with a technical issue. In 2015 the #97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE took sixth place in qualifying and sixth place in the race
“Trust me, we are pushing as hard as ever, lap-after-lap,” said Turner. “As a driver that’s all you can do. We tried every trick we had up our sleeve but it wasn’t enough this time.”
The Shanghai race was another difficult event for all of the competitors. The six-hour race had to be started behind the safety car due to rain, just as in the previous race at Fuji in Japan. Changing conditions throughout the six hours presented great challenges to the drivers and the strategists but the #97 crew – and the crew of the #99 car, the other PRO class Aston Martin – were really running in a separate class to the Ferraris and Porsches.
“All of our drivers and engineers got the most out of the Vantage GTE this weekend,” commented Aston Martin Racing Team Principal John Gaw. “There was no real surprise in the GTE PRO class. As expected, we were unable to challenge for podium positions but I was impressed with just how much the drivers got out of the car, especially in qualifying. That’s all you can ask of your team - that they get the best result possible from everything presented to them.”
“I actually really enjoyed going onto the slick tyres at the point in the race when the circuit started to show signs of drying,” said Turner. “It’s very challenging at that point and a lot of fun. Let’s hope that come Bahrain we’ll be in with a shot at the podium.”
The 6 hours of Bahrain takes place on 21 November and it is the final race in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship.