The weekend just spent on the Fuji circuit (Japan) for the penultimate round of the WEC was particularly difficult for Daniel and the Hearth of Racing team.Although they were the best Aston Martin team of the three present, the BOP (balance of performance) of the British car did not allow them to compete at the level of the other competitors.In qualifying, Saturday 9th, Ian James took an excellent fourth place which allowed the team to start from the second row in the race. At the start of the 9h of race, on Sunday 10th, Ian was very good at avoiding the chaos at the first corner and in his two stints of the race (for a total of 1h and 45′) he managed to maintain a good pace, delivering the car to Mancinelli in fifth position.Daniel, in the following 2h and 10′ of the race (double Stint), managed to recover up to third position before the pit stop, after a long battle with the Porsche #77. Alex, who took to the track for the last two hours of race, put in a good performance but was unable to finish better than seventh place.“I am satisfied with the team’s performance in terms of race management, pit stops and strategy.” – Daniel said – “All of us, starting from Ian James, did an excellent job, without errors and without incurring in any Track Limits penalties (unlike many opponents). Unfortunately in terms of performance we were slower than the other cars, but we still had the satisfaction of being the first Aston Martin to the finish line.”
The next and last appointment of the WEC 2023 season will be in Bahrain on November 4th where Daniel and the North West AMR team in the colors of Hearth of Racing will try to redeem themselves to end the season on top.