The contenders and challengers for the World Endurance Championship assembled at London’s Marble Arch on an overcast Thursday morning, much to the delight of hardcore racing fans who took the time out to come by or for those lucky passers by.
Visitors were treated to a collection of some of the most recognisable beasts that will be propelling their drivers in this year’s championship, including Toyota, Audi, Ferrari, Aston Martin, and the much talked about Nissan NISMO, with this version just being the showcar as they were testing in the United States.
The growing crowd as then treated to some of the drivers as well, including the likes of Anthony Davidson, James Colado, Mike Conway, Brendon Hartley, Oliver Jarvis and Darren Turner. Unfortunately because of recent events Jann Mardenborough was unable to attend, our thoughts are with him and all those affected by the incident at the Nurburgring.
After some posing with the World Endurance Championship and the Tourist trophies, the attending drivers mingled with fans and media alike in a relaxed atmosphere. I caught up briefly with Darren Turner, works driver for the number 97 Aston Martin, who optimistic ahead of the new season but said that he didn’t know how Aston Martin would fare competitively until lights out at Silverstone, with teams still probably not showing their hand during the Saturday qualifying.
This promotional event was a good opportunity for new and existing fans to get up and close to those participating in this year’s championship, and to ramp up excitement with just one week to go until the start of the series at Silverstone.