Darren Turner’s first 24-hour race of the season ended after just two hours when the No.7 Craft Racing AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 retired from the Dubai 24 Hours.
The Craft Racing AMR team expanded to a two-car effort this year and were set for a strong race with a good strategy and a team of drivers who are experienced in endurance racing. It was Darren who took the start when the lights went green at two o’clock this afternoon, pitching him into a race that felt more like a sprint than an endurance event.
“We were running the hard option on tyres at the start so that we could short stint, followed by a normal stint, which would then put us out of sync so we could make the most of a quiet fuel station,” explained Darren. “It was quite a frantic start with lots of drivers defending more than is appropriate for a 24 hour race. I was surprised that some of them weren’t looking at the bigger picture.”
Darren pitted at the end of his run in seventh place, handing over to his regular Aston Martin Racing team-mate, Stefan Mucke.
“We lost a little bit of time in the pits,” said Darren. “But Stefan had a good stint and we were making good progress, moving up through the positions.”
Next up was Tomonobu Fuji but just five laps into his run the No.7 Aston Martin ended up in the wall at Turn Seven.
“It’s a real shame to finish like that,” said Darren. “But it’s good to see the sister Craft Racing car is still out there, going strong.”