Jota Sport AMR: Hour 6 Update

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Official Aston Martin Racing partner team, Jota Sport AMR, has battled through a testing first five hours at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours after minor contact cost their #79 Vantage GTE Pro contender time in the pits.

Before the minor setback, Sam Hancock had shown strong pace during his opening double stint which was interrupted by a 70-minute Safety Car period while repairs were carried out to a section of damaged Armco barrier.

Simon Dolan, making his first appearance at Le Mans, has continued to improve on the progress already demonstrated throughout this week, showing maturity and lapping consistently during his double stint.

Chris Buncombe has now climbed aboard for his double stint, his first appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours in three years. The British squad then plan switching to triple stinting all three drivers.

Sam Hancock: “The car was running well but felt a bit twitchy on full fuel tanks, which is to be expected. That first stint was a bit difficult with so many competitive cars in this class, especially as we’re not trying to get sucked into a battle at this stage. Instead, we’re playing the long game, looking after the car and maintaining good fuel consumption. With so long spent behind the Safety Car it was also imperative to maintain concentration. I was glad when the race went green again!”

Simon Dolan: “Wow! What a great experience. That was my first double stint at Le Mans and I enjoyed every moment. Our priority right now is to keep the car in one piece, save fuel and maintain a steady pace. We’ve already seen the sort of accident that can befall even the most experienced drivers here.”

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