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Jul 17, 2013

8 Podium Finishes for ATL at Le Mans 24 hours 2013

90th Annual 24hr Race
Celebrating its 90th year, last weekend's Le Mans 24 hour race saw drivers having to tackle dramatically variable weather conditions on the way to the chequered flag. Countless incidents served to mix-up the running order, but by the time that 24 Hours had elapsed, ATL-supplied cars had achieved the following podium finishes:

  • LMP1 Privateer Podium Lock-out
  • LMP2 Podium Lock-out
  • LMP1 2nd Place
  • GTE Pro 3rd Place

  One of the most remarkable performances of the weekend in fact took place in a pit garage rather than on-track: Following a major crash during free practise on Wednesday evening, the JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 GTE Pro car required a new rear sub-frame to be fitted. The engine, gearbox and ATL fuel cell were removed from the broken sub-frame, before a new rear sub-frame was delivered to the circuit at 1330hrs on Thursday. In Less than 5 hours, the complete powertrain and fuel cell were fitted to a new rear sub-frame, in time for the car to run in the second qualifying session at 1900hrs that night. The ATL fuel cell was undamaged in the accident, and was rapidly uninstalled and re-installed.
A performance upgrade available to all Ferrari 458 teams, ATL's 458 fuel cell is manufactured from a Kevlar-reinforced material (making it lighter than the standard cell) and fitted with a 'Last Lap Collector System'. Specifically calculated for Le Mans, the collector system gives the team the confidence of knowing when precisely 1 lap's worth of fuel remains onboard - enabling each race stint duration to be maximised, which is so crucial to race strategy during a 24hour endurance event.  

Endurance Season approaching half-way point
Following Le Mans, ATL customer OAK Racing currently holds both 1st and 2nd place in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) LMP2 standings, while Aston Martin Racing currently sits in a very close 2nd position in the GTE Pro class, and 4th and 5th in GTE Am.


Sportscar Update - New Juno CN-OSS Sports Prototype Victorious on Race Debut
With three cars on the grid, Juno opened its BRSCC Open Sports Series (OSS) season with 3 victories and 7 podium finishes at Snetterton at the beginning of June. Piloted by Darren Luke, Juno's new CN-OSS took 2 victories and a 2nd place from 3 starts in its debut race meeting. ATL is pleased to have contributed towards such a successful project and extends its congratulations to Juno for achieving such a dominant performance 'straight-out-of-the-box'.



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