Darren Turner is in the United States this week for the start of FIA WEC: Part Two at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. There are still five six-hour races to go in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship so after a busy summer both on and off the track, Darren is ready for the challenges of the final events of the season.
Billed as the ‘Lone Star Le Mans’, the event in Texas is a double-header of world-class sports car racing as it also includes a round of the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship. The six-hour WEC race will run into the night once it gets underway this Saturday at 17:00hrs.
“It’s great to be getting back behind the wheel of the Vantage GTE,” said Darren. “The gap between Le Mans and Austin feels like an eternity but thankfully we’ve had some exciting racing in between with the Spa and Nurburgring 24 hour races and a few fun outings in historic cars.”
Darren’s first race at the Circuit of the Americas took place last year and despite a good turn of pace in practice the results didn’t fall his way.
“Last year wasn’t particularly good for us as I clobbered one of the large kerbs while I was chasing down a Porsche,” he explained. “Those kerbs are huge so the car got damaged. It was frustrating not only because of the mistake I made but because after the repair the officials wouldn’t allow us to rejoin, despite the fact the car was perfectly safe.”
Despite not getting the right result last time out Darren thoroughly enjoyed his time in Austin, learning the track and declaring that for a modern Grand Prix Circuit they had done “a pretty good job”!
Since Le Mans the Aston Martin Vantage GTE has had 20kgs of ‘balance of performance’ weight added so it is going to be a challenging weekend in Texas but Darren is more than ready for whatever the remainder of the 2014 season throws at him.
“The last five races of the year are all at circuits that are good fun to drive and I enjoy the amount of jet-setting we have until the end of November,” said Darren. “It would be great to think we could still be in with a shot at the championship but after our result at Le Mans it is looking very difficult. We will be trying as hard as ever and we will do everything we can to grab a win for the 97 Aston Martin before the season is out.”
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