Young Driver AMR: Le Mans 24h preview

Friday, June 04, 2010

First start for Young Driver in the world’s most famous 24h race

Next weekend, (12./13. June), a dream will come true for the Young Driver AMR-team. The Aston Martin-team will start in the world’s famous endurance race, the 78. edition of the 24 Heures of Le Mans. Young Driver AMR is the only team that races with the Aston Martin DBR9, a car that won its class at Le Mans in both 2007 and 2008. Since the first 24 Heures of Le Mans back in 1923, the French endurance classic has not only become the worlds most famous endurance race and one of the three most prestigious races in motorsport beside the Grand Prix of Monaco and the Indianapolis 500, with more than 250.000 spectators it’s also the biggest single sport event in Europe. Most teams prepare 364 days only for these 24 hours, the hardest 24 in racing.

Part of the Le Mans Legend is the epic, 13.629 meter long “Circuit de la Sarthe”. The track combines a permanent racetrack with typical French public roads – an exciting cocktail with an overall average speed of +200km/h! Le Mans is in many ways different to other races. To race at Le Mans, you have to be selected by the organising club ACO from a great number of potential entries. “It’s a real honour for us, that the ACO choose Young Driver AMR as the only Aston Martin-team in the GT1-class”, Young Driver AMR team boss Hardy Fischer is pleased to wave the Aston Martin flag at Le Mans.

The Young Driver AMR-driver squad at Le Mans featuring Christoffer Nygaard (DK), Tomas Enge (CZ) and Peter Kox (NL), is a good mix of speed, experience and youth, a perfect combination at Le Mans. Peter Kox is the most experienced member of the Young Driver AMR team, as the Dutchman starts his 13th Le Mans this year. “We have a well sorted and proven car and a really good team“, Kox says. “I had success with Tomas at Le Mans in the past, together we won the GT1-class in 2003. Although the team is new at Le Mans, they have very strong key personal and they really know what the are doing. So we are a in very good position to fight for the class victory.“

Enge has been “Mr. GT1-Pole-Position” at Le Mans in recent years. In six starts in the GT1-class, he claimed the class Pole Position five times. This year will mark the fifth time, that the former Formula 1-driver will share a car at Le Mans with Peter Kox. “I really would like to continue my series of Pole Positions in the GT1-class”, Tomas Enge says. “Although to claim the pole at Le Mans is not really important, it’s always nice to be on Pole. But what matters is the race. Le Mans is all about running, fast and consistent. The most important thing is to keep the car on the track, save the car as much as possible and race like clockwork. The race will be difficult, but we have a proven car that won the class already two times, and also a strong team, that did perfect work in our races in the GT1-World Championship so far.”

Third driver at Le Mans is “Young Driver“ Christoffer Nygaard. The young Dane is a Le Mans debutant, and will make his first start at Le Mans this year. “I’m quite excited, there is more and more tension building up every day“, Nygaard says. “I haven’t raced at Le Mans yet, but my teammates are very experienced there and I hope they will teach me everything about the track and the race.“The Aston Martin DBR9 is proven winner at Le Mans. This year will mark the sixth time the V12-engine-powered car will start at Le Mans. Aston Martin won the GT1-class at the Le Mans with this car in 2007 and 2008. “It’s our first time at Le Mans, but we have a good car, experienced drivers and a good team. The team showed a perfect pit work, one among many things that are crucial at Le mans”, Young Driver AMR team boss Hardy Fischer is confident about the first Le Mans assault of his team. “I expect that we will have a good race pace, but the most important thing at Le Mans to finish the race.”

While the Young Driver AMR trucks are already on their way to France, the team will travel to Le Mans on Sunday. All three drivers will have a special warm up for Le Mans. Tomas Enge and Christoffer Nygaard will compete in a Ford GT of Young Driver AMR sister team Fischer Racing in the Spanish GT championship at Jarama in Spain this weekend, while Kox will race in the British GT Championship at Spa in Belgium.

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Young Driver AMR-drivers history at Le Mans

Tomas Enge (CZ)
Born: 11.09.76, Liberec (Czech Republic)
Lives: Banbury (UK)
First start: 2002 (Prodrive-Ferrari 550 Maranello)
Number of starts: 8
Most success: Winner GT1 (GTS) class 2003, 5 GT1-Poles in 6 starts
Notable: First start at Le Mans in at not Prodrive entry, finished 4th overall in a Works-Aston martin-LMP1-Prototype.

2002 Prodrive-Ferrari 550 Maranello DNF
2003 Prodrive-Ferrari 550 Maranello Winner GT1-class
2004 Prodrive-Ferrari 550 Maranello 4th GT1-class
2005 AMR-Aston Martin DBR9 DNF
2006 AMR-Aston Martin DBR9 2nd GT1-class
2007 AMR-Aston Martin DBR9 4th GT1-Class
2008 Charouz-Lola 08/60-Aston Martin 9th overall
2009 AMR-Lola-Aston Martin 4th overall

Peter Kox (NL)
Born: 23.02.64, Eindhoven (NL)
Lives: Eindhoven (NL)
First start: 1996
Number of starts: 12
Most success: 3rd overall in 1997 in a Schnitzer-McLaren F1 GTR, winner GT1-class (GTS) 2003
Notable: first start with Young Driver AMR, raced last year in a factory Aston martin LMP-Prototype.

1996 West-McLaren F1 GTR 4th overall
1997 Schnitzer-McLaren F1 GTR 3rd overall
1999 Racing for Holland-Lola-Ford DNF
2000 Racing for Holland-Lola-Ford DNF
2002 Spyker Squadron-Spyker C8 D12 DNF
2003 Prodrive-Ferrari 550 Maranello Winner GT1-class
2004 Prodrive-Ferrari 550 Maranello 4th GT1-class
2005 AMR-Aston Martin DBR9 DNF
2006 Menx-Ferrari 550 Maranello DNF
2007 AMR-Aston Martin DBR9 4th GT1-Class
2008 Reiter-Lamborghini Murcielago DNF
2009 AMR-Lola-Aston Martin DNF

Christoffer Nygaard (DK)
Born: 24.03.1986, Gentofte
Lives: Lyngby (DK)
First start: 2010
Number of start: 0
Notable: First start at Le Mans.

Schedule 24h Le Mans:
Monday 7 June
14:40 – 15:10 Scrutineering #52 Young Driver AMR-Aston Martin DBR9

Wednesday 9 June
16:00 – 20:00 Free practice sessions 24 Heures du Le Mans 22:00 – 24:00 Qualifying practice sessions 24 Heures du Le Mans

Thursday 10 June
19:00 – 21:00 Qualifying practice sessions 24 Heures du Le Mans
22:00 – 24:00 Qualifying practice sessions 24 Heures du Le Mans

Friday 11 June
10:00 – 20:00 Pit Walk 18:00 – 19:00 Drivers’ parade (City centre)
Saturday 12 June 09.00 – 09:45 Warm-Up 24 Heures du Le Mans 14:22 Beginning of starting procedure 24 Heures du Le Mans
15:00 Start of the 78th race of the 24 Heures du Le Mans

Sunday 13 June 15:00 Finish of the 78th of the 24 Heures du Le Mans

24h of Le Mans on TV
The entire race will be broadcasted LIVE and in full length by Eurosport and Eurosport2. Coverage will begin with the practise and qualifying Wednesday und Thursday, there is a flag to flag coverage on Eurosport/Eurosport2 from Saturdays 14.30 o’clock onwards. The race is also shown live in full length on the Eurosport player in the internet.

“Radio Le Mans“:
Practise, Qualifying and race in full length will be covered live by “Radio Le Mans“. For further details visit “Radio Le Mans” is available on short wave-radio all around the track.
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