Darren Turner says he is looking forward to the challenge of prototype racing after confirmation that he will form part of Aston Martin Racing's assault on the Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours this year.
Turner, who found himself looking for alternative drives this season after SEAT pulled the plug on its BTCC programme, will join Harald Primat and an as yet un-named third driver in the #009 Lola Aston Martin.
It will mark a move into prototype racing for the first time for Turner, who has been part of Aston Martin's successful GT1 line-up in recent years at La Sarthe.
“The challenge of racing an LMP1 car is something I am really looking forward to,” he said. “My prototype experience is limited to 50 laps around Paul Ricard in the Audi R8 a few years ago but I saw how quickly Tomas [Enge] adapted from GT1 to LMP1 last year so I know I can do it.
“I am also relishing the opportunity to go for the Le Mans Series title in 2009. This will be the first time I have completed a full LMS season so it will be good to be in the race for the title.”
Turner will also hope to challenge the might of Audi and Peugeot for victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours in June and he admitted it would be a dream if he could secure a third win to add to his previous GT1 successes.
“That would be incredible,” he said. “But, as David Richards has said, an outright Le Mans victory in 2009 would be a dream result. Mind you, he also said that anything can happen at Le Mans and he's absolutely right! I think we will go out there and do what we always do and that is to compete at the highest level and push for P1.
“The last four years at Le Mans with Aston Martin have been an amazing experience for me as a British driver. It was a privilege to drive the DBR9; it is a special car and I have many great memories of it. To get the opportunity to go out there now and race with Aston Martin for the outright victory is phenomenal.”