No excuses for Aston Martin Racing at Le Mans

Friday, June 15, 2012

Aston Martin Chairman, David Richards believes there is no excuse for Aston Martin Racing not securing a class podium at Le Mans.

Speaking  to AUTOSPORT Richards said "It is going to be very challenging, and the competition is very strong, but I don't think we have no excuses to not have a car on the podium in both Pro and Am.”

"We have just focused our attention on it, and when we do that we tend to make progress. The Vantage has been a great car straight out of the box, and the team has done a very good job with it."

"The car is not as easy to drive as it should be, but we know what we have to do to sort it out. It can't be done in the immediate future, it will take a bit of work so it puts a bit of pressure on the drivers," he said.

"Generally it could be much kinder to drive if we did a few things to it. Inevitably you run out of time on these things but we already know exactly what we need to do for the remainder of this year and for next season, so it's all planned.

"Two months after last year's Le Mans we took the decision and turned our attention on the GT car. We were working on the GT3 car at the same time so that was the immediate priority.

"I'm not frightened of saying we will always be ambitious and push to the limit. Prodrive has been around for 30 years and we have normally got it right; I can remember very few years when we have made catastrophic errors."

"If it's a clean dry race, it will depend on the safety cars and on what goes on out there. You just have to be on the ball, and keep that up for 24 hours."

Image Richard Leach
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