Darren Turner and his Aston Martin Racing team-mate Adrian Fernandez stormed to fifth in class in yesterday’s American Le Mans Series race at Long Beach.
The Californian sunshine was nowhere to be seen on Friday and Saturday, in fact the conditions got so bad that qualifying was abandoned. Turner though would have been happy to continue.
“I was in second place when they pulled qualifying so, as we aren’t a regular ALMS entrant, we got placed right at the back of the GT class on the grid.”
The rain finally dried up for race day and Darren made the most of the reconnaissance laps before the start to learn the Long Beach track in the first dry running of the weekend.
“The start was pretty eventful but I managed to avoid all the trouble,” said Darren. “Unfortunately we soon developed a gear shift problem that meant we had to use the manual shift throughout the race. It’s not a race ending problem but it does have an effect on performance.”
From outside of the car it didn’t look like Darren was being hampered as he fought his way up to fifth place in the class of 12 GT cars.
“I had a good run and after the pit stop Adrian was running well in sixth,” he explained. “He then made a great move on the Falken Porsche with just 15 minutes of the race remaining. Considering where we started it was good to take fifth so we’re happy with the result.”