Portland: Aston Martin qualifying report

Third and Fourth for Aston Martin Racing at Portland Following an IMSA decision earlier in the day to give Corvette Racing more power and increased fuel capacity for the Portland Grand Prix, qualifying results were as expected: Aston Martin...

Third and Fourth for Aston Martin Racing at Portland

Following an IMSA decision earlier in the day to give Corvette Racing more power and increased fuel capacity for the Portland Grand Prix, qualifying results were as expected: Aston Martin Racing qualified third and fourth in GT1 Class.

Darren Turner (DBR9 No. 007) qualified third with a time of 1:10.016 and Stephane Sarrazin (DBR9 No. 009) was fourth in a time of 1:10.070. The Corvettes qualified first and second with times of 1:09.399 and 1:09.525.

"I think the balance of performance that IMSA wants to see in GT1 Class will be compromised this weekend," said George Howard-Chappell, team principal for Aston Martin Racing. "Nonetheless, Aston Martin Racing will not be deterred and be ready to do our best when the green flag drops on Saturday."

Howard-Chappell explained IMSA's ruling this way: "Friday morning, IMSA notified me of its decision to rescind a Balance of Performance bulletin in GT1 after Corvette Racing started a stewards enquiry which decided that IMSA had instigated changes without an intervening race having been run. This is a peculiar interpretation of this regulation, yet the stewards found in favour of Corvette. As a result, the Corvettes have enlarged their restrictors and increased their fuel capacity. The subsequent qualifying times are reflective of that decision.

"GT1 is a class based on a handicapping formula," Howard-Chappell added. "We need to trust IMSA that this will be corrected quite soon since the objective is, after all, a balance of performance. Competitive races and a competitive chase for the championship is what race fans want to see."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Darren Turner , Stéphane Sarrazin
Teams Aston Martin Racing , Corvette Racing