Pirelli and Aston Martin win again


The Sarrazin-Lamy DBR9 triumphs in California after taking pole position.
The British coupés on Pirelli P Zero tyres win their fifth of ten races.

Monterey (U.S.A.), 22 October 2006 - After their convincing victory and unquestioned superiority of three weeks ago in the Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta, the Aston Martin DBR9s on their Pirelli P Zero Racing tyres have won another round in the 2006 American Le Mans Series. Sarrazin-Lamy won the last race of the season at Laguna Seca, dominating the Californian event almost non-stop for the four hours of its duration. The winning DBR9-Pirelli also started from pole position, a feat the Aston Martins achieved no fewer than seven times in the season's 10 counters that comprised the 2006 American Le Mans Series.

Stéphane Sarrazin, who turned in a perfect race and set the fastest lap in practice, said, "I am extremely pleased with the P Zero Racing tyres that Pirelli Competizioni supplied us with here in California. We did not experience a single problem in either qualifying or the race: the tyres were excellent; especially their grip on a track that was made very slippery by the sand that completely covered the asphalt. This victory in such a prestigious race and at one of the most important circuits in America confirms the outstanding work carried out in synergy with the Aston Martin technicians and the Pirelli engineers".

Pierluigi De Cancellis, the chemical engineer who heads Pirelli Competizioni's track operations, repeated the comments of the French driver, and added, "As this was our first 'real' season in such a demanding championship as the American Le Mans Series, the seven pole positions, five victories, coming close to winning the Drivers' and Team titles and actually winning the IMSA Cup is a more than optimum set of results for Pirelli, and one we least expected at the start of Sebring, the first 2006 race. Even on perilous asphalt that is always slippery like that of Laguna Seca, our P Zero Racings acquitted themselves in the best possible way on the Aston Martin DBR9s - constantly more effective than the Corvette C6-Rs on competitors' tyres throughout the California weekend - just as they were a week ago in the FIA-GT Championship race at Adria, in Italy, on the cars of Aston Martin Racing-BMS".

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