Aston Martin Racing - Car Number 007 and 009

Aston Martin DBR9

Aston Martin DBR9

Car Number 007

Tomas Enge (Czech Republic)
Enge will be hoping to continue his GT1 pole position record having set the fastest qualifying time in his class for five years in succession. “It is great to be back with Aston Martin Racing at the best endurance race in the world! I have new team-mates compared to last year but I am confident that we will be a strong crew. The team have been working very hard to be prepared in the best possible way and I think that we have every chance to fight for the win. We want to shake off the bad luck we have had for the last two years and finally bring home the winning trophy.”

Johnny Herbert (UK)
Herbert won Le Mans outright in 1991 and has taken part in the 24-hour race seven times previously. “This is a great opportunity for me to drive for Aston Martin, a manufacturer with such a name and history behind it.  We want to go to Le Mans to win it; we are not going

there to do anything else. It is really exciting to finally be part of it, even more so for me, being British. We know that Tomas is dynamite in qualifying at Le Mans, and I think that with myself and Peter on board with him, we will give each other the support we all need to get into a position where we can actually win the 24 hours of Le Mans for Aston Martin.”

Peter Kox (The Netherlands)
Kox is the second most experienced Le Mans driver in the line-up having competed a total of nine times in the past, once for Aston Martin Racing in 2005. “I’m very happy to be part of the Aston Martin team; everyone is totally focused on the Le Mans race. The team have been close to a win twice now and twice they have been unfortunate but hopefully this year it will go our way. I have driven with Tomas in the past and know him quite well, I know Johnny on a personal level although I have never driven with him but I think we will be a good team and we should be a good fit.”

Car Number 009

David Brabham (Australia)
Brabham rejoins the team this year having driven a DBR9 for Team Modena in 2006 and for Aston Martin Racing in 2005. This year will mark the Australian driver’s fourteenth appearance at the La Sarthe circuit. “It’s great to be back in the Works car and to be back with the guys from Aston Martin Racing. I would like to thank Highcroft Racing for allowing me to compete with Aston Martin at Le Mans. This year promises to be an even tougher battle for the GT1 title with closer competition than ever before but I’m ready for the challenge.”

Rickard Rydell (Sweden)
2007 marks Rydell’s fourth race at Le Mans but his first appearance for Aston Martin Racing in the DBR9. “It is really exciting for me to be back at Le Mans and to be driving for a manufacturer like Aston Martin. Having tested the car and worked with the team I think we should have a good chance at Le Mans. The team have done a really good job with the car; it is very well balanced and nice to drive. I have raced with Darren and against David in the past; both are great guys and competitive drivers so I am very happy to be racing together with them for Aston Martin at Le Mans.”

Darren Turner (UK)
Turner has the most experience behind the wheel of the DBR9, having driven for the Works team consistently since the car’s first race at Sebring in 2005. “I’m pleased to be pairing with David and Rickard again as I have driven with both of them previously at different times at Le Mans. I think we have a really strong line-up but this year the competition is stronger than ever before. This will be my fifth Le Mans race, and the third time I have competed with the Aston Martin DBR9. Hopefully it will be third time lucky!”

Published 20 March 2007 Melanie Carter

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