Darren Turner has completed the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship in second place after a rollercoaster ride of a season in the Young Driver AMR Aston Martin DBR9.
The British driver didn’t actually get to race this weekend as the No.8 Aston Martin was irreparably damaged during the pre-qualifying session at San Luis, Argentina.
“There is a big bump at Turn 21 at San Luis,” said Darren. “It was there last year but it’s worse now. Stefan (Mucke) tried a different line and ended up going off. Unfortunately he went off into a wall and as he hit it square on it damaged the chassis. The car didn’t look too bad but once the guys had stripped it down it was clear we were out.”
The team made the call on Friday night and the No.8 Aston was sadly retired for the weekend.
“It is pretty frustrating having to sit and watch everyone else race,” explained Darren. “All we could do was watch the guys who were close to us in the championship table but none of them had particularly good weekends either so we managed to hang onto second place.”
“It has been an eventful season with many highs and lows,” he continued. “The fact that the Teams’ Championship went down to the last race shows how close it has been. It was good to go into the final round with a shot at the title so it was then disappointing not to get the chance to push Krumm and Luhr (the winners) all the way. But hey, we can always come back next year!”