Mosport: Aston Martin Saturday report

GT1 Front Row for Aston Martin Racing at Mosport Aston Martin Racing will form the front row of the GT1 starting grid for the Grand Prix of Mosport on Sunday 3 September. Officials cancelled this afternoon's 20-minute qualifying session as...

GT1 Front Row for Aston Martin Racing at Mosport

Aston Martin Racing will form the front row of the GT1 starting grid for the Grand Prix of Mosport on Sunday 3 September.

Officials cancelled this afternoon's 20-minute qualifying session as heavy rainfall at Mosport International Raceway left track conditions treacherous. The starting grid was therefore determined by taking the combined times from the two earlier practice sessions.

The one-hour morning practice session was dry and cloudy with a track temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and it was in this session that Stephane Sarrazin in the 009 Aston Martin DBR9 recorded the best GT1 lap of the day with a time of 1:13.056s. Czech driver Tomas Enge set the second fastest GT1 time of the morning session in the 007 DBR9 (1:13.574s).

The one-hour afternoon session was hampered by rain and was declared a wet session by officials. Lap times were understandably slower but the team took the opportunity to carry out some valuable wet weather testing.

With the help of tyre partner Pirelli, Aston Martin Racing have secured six of the eight available GT1 pole positions this year.

George Howard-Chappell, Team Principal, Aston Martin Racing:

"This afternoon was a difficult session. We had changing conditions all the time, which meant that we didn't really learn very much. We looked quite competitive when the circuit was not so wet but we were less competitive as the conditions worsened. It is difficult to draw any hard and fast conclusions.

"That said, it is nice to have the front row due to our pace this morning but it is not quite the same as taking pole on merit in a qualifying session."

Stephane Sarrazin (France): "It was dangerous to qualify this afternoon so they took the best times from earlier today which gave us the pole.

"We did a great job in the dry this morning. The two test days earlier in the week helped us a lot and I am very confident with my car and the set up. Many of the corners here are blind so the extra testing has helped me to build my confidence and carry more speed into the corners. I hope that it will be dry tomorrow because in the wet it is very difficult here, especially with the concrete surface. I was sliding a lot in the wet but it was very important not to damage the car so I was very careful."

Pedro Lamy (Portugal): "The morning session was good, I had very similar lap times to Stephane (Sarrazin) and we were looking good on the track. The afternoon session was completely different. The conditions were bad and it made it very difficult to drive on the track. I hope that it does not stay like this for tomorrow.

"I am pleased that we are on pole again -- it is our second pole in a row and I hope that we have good luck in the race tomorrow and finish well."

Tomas Enge (Czech Republic): "This morning was very fast and dry and I had good grip. We knew that it was going to be raining this afternoon and we tried to prepare ourselves by being as fast as possible and it paid off because qualifying was cancelled. First and second on the grid is great for the team and for Aston Martin.

"The most important part of the day for us, I think, was the wet session in the afternoon. We haven't driven the car too much in the wet this year, apart from a few laps at Mid-Ohio so it was really helpful and hopefully we now have a good set up for the wet.

"Let's see tomorrow what the weather is like. If it is raining I hope that it will only be a small amount otherwise it will be very dangerous."

Peter Kox (Netherlands): "In the first session I was not fast enough, I was not on fresh tyres and I could not find the extra pace I needed. In the rain this afternoon it was a real gamble. The weather was so bad and I did not want to risk damaging the car. I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow but I hope that we have better weather."

-credit: aston martin racing

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tomas Enge , Stéphane Sarrazin , Pedro Lamy , Peter Kox , George Howard-Chappell
Teams Aston Martin Racing