Aston announces Le Mans line-up

Aston Martin Racing has announced the driver line-up for its pair of LMP1 entries at the Le Mans 24 Hours, with Darren Turner returning to the team's prototype arm, and Sam Hancock and Juan Barazi added to the squad

Aston announces Le Mans line-up

The #007 car will retain the Adrian Fernandez, Stefan Mucke and Harold Primat trio that took third place in the sole Aston entered for this year's Sebring 12 Hours.

Aston regular Turner's full-time 2010 campaigns are with the Young Driver AMR Aston squad in the GT1 World Championship and with JMW's GT2 Aston in the Le Mans Series, but he will return to the cockpit of the LMP1 car to lead the #009 line-up at Le Mans.

"It's always good to get back into the LMP1 seat - while I am competing in GT1 and GT2 this year. I am, as ever really looking forward to Le Mans and it will be good to work with two new team-mates," Turner said.

"I think it will be tough battling against the diesels once again, and I hope we can echo last year's result finishing top of the petrol rankings. I know all the other competitors will have made good progress over the past 12 months, so it will make for a very competitive race."

Former LMS LMP2 class champion Hancock's Aston deal marks a return to top-line prototype racing after several years in Porsche championships and lower-profile categories.

"It is incredible to be driving for the Aston Martin team," he said. "To be a British driver representing what is arguably one of the coolest brands in the world and at possibly the greatest race of the annual calendar, is a real honour and privilege."

Fellow Aston newcomer Juan Barazi has primarily raced with his own Barazi-Epsilon team in the LMP2 class in recent years, and is another former LMS class champion.

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