Aston Martin's Le Mans challenger makes race debut

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Aston Martin's new and distinctive Gulf liveried and sponsored Le Mans Series challenger, the AMR-One, has undergone a full race test at the opening round of the Le Mans Series at Paul Ricard this weekend.

The AMR-One completed a total of 96 laps, more than the entire shake-down tests completed to date. Apart from a misfire, the car exceeded all expectations at this early stage of development, with modifications made throughout the weekend to improve driver feedback with every stint.

Team Principal George Howard-Chappell said of this achievement: "This weekend has provided valuable progress to our development programme. We have taken advantage of testing under race conditions with better understanding of how the car behaves in traffic and on/off the racing line. We have solved some inevitable teething problems, and begun to concentrate on the dynamic characteristics of the car."

AMR-One British driver, Darren Turner added: "We have made some good steps forward this weekend and the car has changed significantly in each session as we are finding out more and more about the car."