Last test session for AMR before the onslaught of the Le Mans 24Hr

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Following on from Aston Martin Racing running a single car at an extended night test session at Magny-Cours, France last weekend, the team have today moved on to the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy for a final shakedown/test prior to making their way to La Sarthe in readiness for the forthcoming Official Test next weekend.

Todays test saw the team draw upon the services of Darren Turner, Marco Sorensen, Nicki Thiim and Jonny Adam to drive both the #95 and #97 GTE Pro cars around the 3.6mile circuit having had Fernando Rees and Marco Sorensen complete the night test last week. It is understood that todays test is being run in conjunction with other Dunlop supplied teams across the GTE and LMP2/1 classes and was the first run out for the #95 since it rolled after a collision with an LMP2 car at Spa.

The Le Mans official test will be held this year on Sunday 5th June however the cars and drivers will be required to undertake the normal level of scrutineering starting on the Thursday before that. It is then customary for the teams to leave their cars (subject to having no significant issues) and garages in situe before returning to the circuit ready for the start race week itself.

On another Le Mans 24 note, Prodrive have today published a photo of Beechdean Motorsport's new boy Gary Hirsch having his seat fitting done in their #99 GTE Am car in readiness for their first LM24 entry. He joins team boss Andrew Howard and British GT racer Liam Griffin.

Many of the team and all of the factory drivers will now drive north ready for the start of the Nürburgring 24H that starts this week.

Photo credits - Prodrive / AMR
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