LMS: Paul Ricard Preview

Le Mans Series kicks off this weekend with a six-hour enduro in South of France…

John Dagys Posted March 31, 2011 Marseille, (FRA)

With the 59th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring now in the books, the sportscar racing world shifts its focus to Europe for this weekend’s Six Hours of Le Castellet. The season-opening round for the five-race Le Mans Series championship might not have the mights of the factory diesels, but could still be a strong indicator of the international sportscar season that’s ahead.

While 35 cars have assembled to do battle at the famed Paul Ricard HTTT in the south of France, much of the attention will surround the debut of one particular LMP1 challenger. After electing to skip the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup opener in Sebring, Aston Martin Racing’s new AMR-One will take to the track for the first time this weekend.

The all-new open-top prototype, designed entirely in-house by the David Richards-owned Prodrive outfit, doesn’t have the test mileage of its diesel rivals Audi or Peugeot, having only completed a pair of tests in the U.K., and getting to the finish line will very much be their top priority.

Darren Turner, Stefan Mucke and Harold Primat have been tasked with giving the No. 009 entry its maiden voyage, but will no doubt face stiff competition from a handful of fellow gasoline-powered LMP1 entries.


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