Abu Dhabi: Young Driver AMR Friday report

Young Driver AMR starts eight and 20. In to first qualifying race at Abu Dhabi. Promising start for Young Driver AMR in the new FIA GT1 World Championship at the breath taking Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi (UAE). In the first qualifying ever...

Young Driver AMR starts eight and 20. In to first qualifying race at Abu Dhabi.

Promising start for Young Driver AMR in the new FIA GT1 World Championship at the breath taking Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi (UAE). In the first qualifying ever of the inaugural round of the GT1-World Championship, both Young Driver AMR Aston Martin DBR9s had a good start and qualified eight (Darren Turner/GB) und 20. (Christoffer Nygaard/DK) for the qualifying race. The qualifying was stopped after just 19 minutes due to a heavy crash by Swiss driver Natacha Gachnang. Due to extensive damage of the armco barriers, qualifying was not concluded, which in turn prevented the Young Driver AMR drivers to further improve their position in the grid.

The new FIA GT1 World Championship uses the same qualifying system as Formula 1. Qualifying is divided into three 20-minute segments. After each of the first two segments, the slowest eight drivers are knocked out, thus in the third segment only the quickest eight drivers battle for the pole position of the 60-minute 0x201equalifying race". The 0x201equalifying race" defines the starting grid of the 0x201echampionship race", which is the main race in which full championship point will be awarded.

Darren Turner started qualifying in the #7 car and waited until midway through the session to join the track. The former Formula 1-testdriver immediately went into the Top 10 and was eight when practise was halted with the red flag. "We only prepared for the race," Turner said after qualifying. "Our plan was to save tyres and use only one set of tyres during the qualifying, as we have to use the same tyres in the race. I was just on my quickest lap when the red flags were shown. I'm really happy with the car so far and also the team did a brilliant job on their first weekend in GT1-racing. Tomas Enge is the starting driver in the qualifying race, and with eight place on the grid, he has a really promising start position."

GT1-Newcomer Christoffer Nygaard showed a solid performance in his first qualifying ever in a the 600 hp GT1-racer. The young Dane established himself in the midfield, when he suddenly experienced engine problems and dropped down the 20. position. "We had a real good strategy, that should have brought us into the top eight" said Nygaards teammate Stefan M0x00fccke after qualifying. "I'm the starting driver in the qualifying race and will undoubtedly have a exciting race from the 20. position."

-source: young driver amr

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Tomas Enge , Darren Turner , Natacha Gachnang , Christoffer Nygaard