Gulf AMR Middle East: 6 hr Bulletin From Le Mans

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Gulf AMR Middle East Aston Martin Vantage of Fabien Giroix, Mike Wainwright and Roald Goethe remains in touch with the lead of the GTE-Am class and has headed the time sheets on several occasions in the first quarter of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Fabien Giroix led the charge from the start and moved from 6th to 4th place on the first lap. He completed a superb triple stint – which included a long period under the Safety Car while repairs were being made to barriers after a huge accident which befell Allan McNish. The whole team was relieved to see the Scot walk away from the destroyed Audi and wishes Allan well.

By the time the Frenchman pitted the Aston Martin at 1838 hrs to hand over to Mike Wainwright, he had built up a lead of one minute over his nearest rival. The English driver, who is making his debut at Le Mans, drove a double stint and posted some very competitive times but, despite being congratulated by his team mates, was shaking his head as he exited the car.

“I think I made too many mistakes,” he said ruefully. “I really enjoyed it and my times were not bad until the tyres were starting to go off but I’m still struggling with a few areas of the track, especially Tertre Rouge where I had a spin. I lost us too much time because of those mistakes.”

Roald Goethe has now made his entry to the race, and the team is currently 6th in class.

Gulf AMR Middle East
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