Le Mans 2014: a driver's-eye view
Here's Aston racer and 24-hour veteran Darren Turner with his preview of the weekend showdown
Posted: 13 Jun 2014
"Don't flash your lights at me; I can see you!"
"I don't know if every GT driver sees it like this but out on the circuit I do get fed up with being flashed at! I've no idea what they're flashing at because it's not as if I can just disappear. I'm doing my own race thank you very much. Some of the P1s start flashing from half a kilometre away, as if I haven't seen the bright lights that those cars pump out anyway. What they need to know though is that I tend to be more helpful, if I can, to the ones that don't flash me, so it's a waste of time flashing and waiting for me to open the door and put a red carpet down for you. I don't know if it feels like a ‘go faster' switch for them but it's not working for me.
"I reckon I flash my lights half a dozen times during the whole season. This is mostly to flash the LMPs to annoy them once they've gone past me after flashing at me! I had an issue with a P2 car at the test who was flashing me into Arnage even though he was a long way back and wouldn't be able to pass me at Arnage. He knew he could pass me before the Porsche Curves and it was his in lap. It was my in lap too but he didn't know that. He got past me then went slow through the Porsche Curves, which is annoying, so when we came in the pitlane I just sat on his bumper flashing flashing flashing, just to be annoying."
Darren (pictured left) is racing the No.97 Aston Martin Vantage at Le Mans. Follow him on Twitter at @darrenturner007, and let us know if you spot him flashing his lights!