It was that time again of year again where Hydropool sponsored driver, Darren Turner and the rest of the Aston Martin Racing team took to Bahrain to partake in the FIA WEC’s final racing weekend of the year. It has been a tricky year for the AMR team and there have been a number of ups and downs. The last race in Fuji was quite eventful with the poor weather and such so Turner (and the team) were hoping for a good turnaround this time. Having gained a few places up in the leadertable in Fuji, the AMR went ahead and went all out for a chance on the podium.
Read up on Darren’s account of the weekend’s hurdles in the press release below;
Darren Turner was back in business in Bahrain yesterday, finishing the final race of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship on the podium in third place, along with his team-mate Jonny Adam.
All of the Aston Martins had a balance of performance adjustment before Bahrain. Once the practice sessions got underway on Thursday it became apparent that they were back in contention.
Turner and Adam had to wait until the race to take full advantage of their pace as they both had trouble with traffic during qualifying.
“It was frustrating for both of us,” said Turner. “I was held up by (Andrea) Bertolini who was on his out lap and Jonny got held up too so we weren’t able to show the potential that we had at that point.”
After a couple of wet races the ‘6 Hours of Bahrain’ got underway beneath sunny skies and without the assistance of a safety car. Adam was in the #97 Aston Martin for the opening stint before handing [...]
Darren Turner has arrived back from #6hFuji, a blistering weekend down in Japan where he and his fellow Aston Martin Racing team competing in the 6hr Fuji race in the on-going FIA World Endurance Championship. Competing alongside his fellow Brit teammate Jonny Adam, Turner managed to finish in 6th place at the end of the #6hFuji race.
After Aston Martin trying to regain a higher position on the leader-table, it was said that the AMR Team were happy about receiving an adjustment after the previous race in Austin, Texas. But this time round it wasn’t enough to push the Aston Martin Racing Team to give Ferrari & Porsche a serious run for the money…yet.
“We had a small BoP change after COTA that took us around halfway back to where we were at the start of the year,” said Turner. “We all know that BoP is necessary to level the playing field across the different manufacturers and it is a difficult thing to get right. It wasn’t enough this time but it was a step in the right direction.”
The #6hFuji sessions on Friday were mostly done in dry conditions, which was great for both Turner and Adam finding a decent balance in the car. Although qualifying conditions was deemed too dry, both Turner and Adam gave it all they could to pick up that magically fleeting lap time. Their efforts resulted in being placed 6th on the grid table.
“We didn’t have any significant problems,” explained Turner. “My first and second laps went well but then I had double yellows on lap three and a Corvette in the way on lap four so I couldn’t improve. That said, the car felt good and we got as much out [...]
Darren was out and about this weekend at the Nurburgring racing event, doing his part for the Aston Martin Racing team’s attempt to gain a lead in the WEC leaderboard. Driving alongside Stefan Mucke (GER) & their new team-mate Jonny Adam (GB), the weekend event unfortunately didn’t go according to plan for the AMTeam. Having finished in 6th place, the boys admitted to not being in their front leading form (despite working hard during a gruelling 6hr race). You can read Turner’s press release for the weekend event just below.
Turner and Mucke qualified the #97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE in seventh place on Saturday, below their usual top three grid position. All of the Aston Martins have been handed smaller restrictors in balance of performance changes since Le Mans and the resulting reduction in power became very apparent on Saturday.
“It’s puzzling as neither of us could get a good time out of the car in qualifying,” said Turner. “It wasn’t just the balance of performance changes as we were also off what the other Aston Martins were doing so it’s a bit of a mystery at the moment.”
Mucke started the race and he made a good getaway, taking sixth place early on. Richie Stanaway in the #99 Aston Martin found a way past Stefan after a few laps but just a few minutes later Ferrari’s Gianmaria Bruni – the championship leader – stopped on the track with a technical problem and the #92 Porsche received a drive through penalty for jumping the start so this boosted the #97 Aston Martin to up to fifth place.
Just before the close of the first hour, Mucke pitted from sixth place to hand over to Turner, who joined [...]
Aston Martin Racing team’s very own works driver (a damn good one too) Darren Turner recently shared with everyone that the speed team has negotiated with the driving aficionado to stay on for another 3 years. (They’d be crazy to do otherwise).
With such fantastic news, we’re beyond ecstatic for Darren and wish him all the best of luck for this new phase in his career with Aston Martin Racing. Managing Director Jonathan Bunn reached out to Turner to wish him “Congratulations on your 3 year deal & furthermore with the formal agreement you have now reached with Aston Martin”.
Here’s a snippet of Darren’s reaction to the big news & Aston Martin’s press release a few days ago. “I’m delighted to share with you the press release (below) that has just gone out from Aston Martin Racing. Needless to say I am thrilled with this news and I very much look forward to many more exciting times ahead with Aston Martin.”
You can also follow Darren on Facebook & Twitter.
You can read the full press release below.
Aston Martin Racing re-signs Turner for ‘foreseeable future’
Aston Martin Racing stalwart extends contract for further three-years
Sportscar development role confirmed with Aston Martin Lagonda
World-class sportscar driver Darren Turner (GB) has signed a three-year contract extension with Aston Martin Racing, further cementing the brand’s loyalty to the racing ace who has been with the team since its formation in 2004.
Turner, who lives just a stone’s throw from Aston Martin Racing’s headquarters in Banbury, has celebrated many successes behind the wheel of an Aston Martin racing car, including two class wins in the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. He has also raced in every class that the team has developed cars for; GT4, [...]
Darren Turner took part at the start of the new FIA World Endurance Championship season in Silverstone. Darren came out with 10 points for the Aston Martin Racing squad, leaving the team in 5th place on the 2015 season leaderboard. With the first race in the series over, here’s what Darren Turner had to say about the April weekend, courtesy of Darren’s news team.
“The start was a bit chaotic with the LMP2 cars but this played to my advantage and I managed to sneak up the side of Richie (Stanaway) through turn one and then make it stick into turn two,” explained Turner. “I was happy to get up to second place but didn’t have the pace to match Nicki (Thiim) who had the lead.”
Unfortunately an early full course yellow (FCY) changed the race for all of the Aston Martins who had already pitted under normal race conditions before the yellow was thrown, which allowed their rivals to pit under caution.
“That’s how it rolls with the full course yellows,” said Turner. “They stabilise the race in a fair way but they can also give a huge advantage to those who are coming up to their pit stop window.”
Despite the issues that came up earlier on in the race, things balanced out when both Turner and his teammate, Stefan Mucke, were able to finish off the race with a decent finishing position for their team.
“It certainly wasn’t the weekend we were hoping for but after the first pit stops it could have been a lot worse,” said Turner. “The last couple of days have been good experience for the team. We will learn from this weekend and when we reconvene at Spa in a few weeks [...]
We’re proud to announce that we’ve been sponsoring homegrown and bred British racing driver Darren Turner. He has already competed and thrived in almost every single ‘four-wheel’ racing category there is. Most notably he has already won two GT1 Class competitions at the Le Mans 24 Hours! Darren is part of the Aston Martin Racing collective and has recently finished the FIA World Endurance Championship. Coming in hot from his race in Bahrain, the competition continued on in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Darren took part in front of 55,000 fans at the Interlagos event. The gruelling 6 hour race was tough, the Aston Martin Racing team having to use various strategies to keep above the clamour of incidents that unfolded. Having ran with his team-mate Stefan Mucke, Darren came out victories, the duo claiming their 3rd WEC pole positions (in a row). All while driving Aston Martin 97 Vantage GTEs. Be sure to check out Darren Turner’s website here, you can also follow him on Facebook & Twitter.