TURNER’S AS­TON CA­REER HIGH­LIGHTS

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2007 LE MANS 24 HOURS, GT1 VIC­TORY

Af­ter two near-misses and some epic bat­tles with the Chevro­let Corvettes, As­ton Martin won GT1 at Le Mans with Dar­ren Turner, David Brab­ham and Rickard Ry­dell at the wheel of a DBR9. “Hav­ing been in­volved in the pro­gramme from the be­gin­ning and with us get­ting so close in 2005 and ’06, that win was spe­cial,” says Turner. “It was a tough race and the con­di­tions were dif­fi­cult too.”

2009 LE MANS SERIES

“We were never go­ing to be knock­ing on the door of the diesels but, given how small the bud­get was, the LMP1 [Lola-as­ton Martin] was a gi­antkiller,” reck­ons Turner. “At Spa I got a punc­ture on the first lap so I was be­hind. It cut through traf­fic – it was re­ally like a game. The car did ex­actly what you wanted and was a joy to race.”

2017 LE MANS 24 HOURS, GTE PRO VIC­TORY

Turner, Jonny Adam and Daniel Serra fi­nally gave the old Van­tage GTE its first Le Mans win af­ter a dra­matic fin­ish. “We’d been rac­ing it for six years and it had won ev­ery­where ex­cept Le Mans,” says Turner. “This was the last chance and there were a lot of young­sters in the team who’d heard about the ‘good old days’ in GT1, so it was a spe­cial mo­ment.”

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