samedi 17 septembre 2016

Double pole position for Aston Martin Racing at COTA

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.

Nicki Thiim:

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