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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 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 practice on Wednesday evening, the JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 GTE Pro car required a new rear subframe to be fitted. The engine, gearbox and ATL fuel cell were removed from the broken subframe, before a new rear subframe was delivered to the circuit at 1330hrs on Thursday. In less than five hours, the complete powertrain and fuel cell were fitted to a new rear subframe, 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 un-installed 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 one 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 halfway point
Following Le Mans, ATL customer OAK Racing currently holds both 1st and 2nd places 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 three victories and seven podium finishes at Snetterton at the beginning of June. Piloted by Darren Luke, Juno’s new CN-OSS took two victories and a 2nd place from three 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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