Aiello Announces Racing Retirement

Laurent Aiello, the only man to scoop the triple crown of Europe's main Super Touring car Championships, has announced that he will retire from racing at the end of the season

Aiello Announces Racing Retirement

The 36-year-old Frenchman, who has won the French, German and British Super Touring titles, as well as the Le Mans 24 Hours and the 2002 DTM, has said he has lost the motivation to continue racing. His last race win came in 2003 with Audi in the DTM, after which he switched to the struggling Opel squad.

"When you start to have doubts about yourself, then it's the beginning of the end," he told Autosport-Atlas after the announcement. "Two years ago I was asking myself if I wanted to continue, but I decided to carry on just in case I changed my mind, but I haven't. Now I am sure. I want to stop."

In an emotional press conference, Aiello thanked all the manufacturers, teams and mechanics he had worked with over the years, and singled out his longtime engineer Ludovic Lecroix, with whom he scored much of his tin-top success. Aiello admitted: "I know I'm not an easy character to work with, so I'd like to thank him for putting up with me for so long!"

The enigmatic Aiello concluded the press conference by singling out two Formula 3000 team bosses that he "didn't like", whom he feels ended his Formula One aspirations, and also made reference to "the liars - I think they will recognise themselves."

Aiello says he has no plans to return to the sport in any other capacity following his retirement at the DTM finale at Hockenheim, on October 23rd.

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