Fourth and fifth for Aston Martin Racing in qualifying
The Aston Martin Racing team will start the final round of the American Le Mans Series from fourth and fifth positions in the GT1 class following today's (Friday's) qualifying session at Laguna Seca. The two DBR9s have struggled throughout the meeting for grip around the Californian circuit, and the team will work overnight to make changes for the four-hour race, which will run into Saturday night.
Peter Kox, who set fourth fastest time in the no. 58 DBR9 shared with Pedro Lamy, qualified in a time of one minute, 21.370s. "The race will last for four hours, and the result can go either way," said the Dutchman, who had a trip into the gravel during final practice following a minor mistake. "The Aston Martin DBR9 always gets better as the race goes on, and that is realistically what we can hope for."
Team Principal George Howard-Chappell added: "The tyre and car combination is not working particularly well. We have seen it before and it is just not good here. This is still a development year, we have not done that much racing, particularly out here in America, and this sort of thing can happen."
Darren Turner was fifth fastest in the no. 57 DBR9 on his first visit to the Californian circuit. The Briton's best time was one minute, 21.733s. "I had too much understeer which we have been chasing all weekend," said Turner.
His co-driver, David Brabham, added: "This has highlighted areas that we need to work on over the winter. We have been to new tracks and been really quick, and now we have come here and we are not. It will be good for us in the future to understand why, and fix it so that we are better next year."