Richards Enjoying Race

David Richards maintains that he is still enjoying his endurance racing experience, despite being in his pit garage at 4:30am watching his Aston Martin cars embroiled in a titanic battle with the Chevrolet Corvettes

Richards Enjoying Race

The former rally man is well used to endurance, but still found Le Mans a bit of a shock to the system.

"I haven't stayed up this late for a long time!" said Richards. "We have got a race on our hands here. It is nip and tuck, and it will go right to the wire, as we forecast."

Aston's Tomas Enge leads the class, on the same lap as the second-placed Corvette and with nearly two minutes in hand, while Darren Turner in the other Aston Martin has been penalised three times so far this event, and lies fourth in class. Stephane Sarrazin has been lapping quicker than any of the cars in front to make up the lost time, and the battle is shaping up for a four-way dice throughout Sunday morning.

"Darren has been hard done by we think. There were two different things. He got one when he exited wide out of a corner, and they said he crossed the line. The next time he hit the bollard at the Ford chicane, and he said he was not aware of it. The other drivers have confirmed that is the line, he was just the first one to hit it.

"Finally, he overtook under a yellow flag. He claims that he was overtaken under a yellow flag, the other driver braked, and he went back around the outside. The cars are running well, and we will keep pushing on and see what happens. I think that the 59 car can catch the slower Corvette."

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