Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Not a good start

Aston Martin's attempt at overall victory at Le Mans reminds me of the first few lines from the first song of Tenacious D's debut album: "I don't like that - so far, off to a bad start."

The car has yet to even run and Aston Martin Racing and their technical partners Lola are already squabbling over who has put the most amount of work into the car. Aston are trying to make out that the car is almost completely changed from its humble Lola tub origins, whilst Lola claim that Aston couldn't afford to buy the IP rights to call it anything that didn't include the Lola name, and that their statements otherwise are not in the spirit of their contract.

Last time I checked, this was not the kind of preparation Audi went through for Le Mans. Or Peugeot. Or even Pescarolo. Don't you think that there are more important things to focus on than whether it's a Lola, an Aston, a Lola-Aston or an Aston-Lola? Like beating the unbeatable VW group at La Sarthe in June?

1 comment:

Patrick said...

Not got a hope against the big diesels at Le Mans. A shame because the Lola Coupe is a pretty piece of kit. Given the Peugeot and Audi works teams are giving the LMS a miss, they might clean up there though.