Aston Martin Racing dominated the GTE qualifying session at the Circuit of the Americas. The British brand secured both GTE-Pro and GTE-Am pole positions with their factory run Vantages.
Works drivers Marco Sørensen and Nicki Thiim were the quickest of the field and set the best average time of 2:04.610 at the wheel of the #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE from Young Driver AMR.
The car was good and it had good balance. The track was a bit slower than this morning for us and we didn’t manage to match the same lap time.
It was a bit more difficult but it was the same for everybody. I managed to do a good lap and Paul did a fantastic lap time and that is why we are on pole.
AF Corse's Davide Rigon and Sam Bird were second fastest driving the #71 Ferrari 488 GTE.
Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla completed the top-three in GTE-Pro sharing the #66 Ford GT from Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK.
Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado (#51 Ferrari 488 GTE) were fourth. Darren Turner and Fernando Rees (#97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE) were fifth. Marino Franchitti, Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell (#67 Ford GT) were sixth. Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen (#77 Porsche 911 RSR) were seventh.
In GTE-Am, pole position went to Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda. The Aston Martin Racing set the best average time in class with 2:07.683 sharing the #98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE.
Khaled Al Qubaisi, David Heinemeier Hansson and Kevin Estre will start from position two on the grid with the Abu Dhabi Proton Racing #88 Porsche 911 RSR.
Third fastest time went to Wolf Henzler, Christian Ried and Joel Camathias with the #78 Porsche 911 RSR from KCMG.
COTA WEC Qualifying Results