Darren Turner has stepped into partner Rob Bell in the JMW Motorsport Aston Martin after testing for the Essex based team at the Le Mans Series test weekend at Paul Ricard.
The move which comes “with the support of Aston Martin Racing” according to JMW principal Joe McWhirter sees Turner replace Richard Westbrook at the team for the full 2010 LMS campaign. While the exact reasons for the switch are unknown Westbrook was also present at Paul Ricard testing for Porsche squad Prospeed, who may enter the LMS in the wake of the postponement of the FIA GT2 series last week.
“It's good to be teaming up with Rob again as we have won together before,” says Turner. “I'm also looking forward to working with Dunlop who have a very competitive tyre in GT2 and have already achieved great success with JMW.”
The team, who are Aston Martin's sole representative in the GT2 class as well as Dunlop's main test team enjoyed the two day test at the French track, with the bright yellow car often amongst the fastest GT2 cars on the timesheet.
“The car has run very well straight from the box,” says the team's Chief Engineer Steve 'Doc' Bunkhall We've been able to identify solutions and areas to work on, as we look to the long term development of the car. The tyre data has been very encouraging and Dunlop have provided us with some very strong choices for this season”.