Dubai: Russian Age Racing Thursday report

POLE FOR BOUCHUT IN RUSSIAN AGE RACING ASTON The Cirtek-run Russian Age Racing Aston Martin DBR9 will start the 10th round of the FIA GT Championship in Dubai from pole position after French driver Christophe Bouchut, who will share with...

POLE FOR BOUCHUT IN RUSSIAN AGE RACING ASTON

The Cirtek-run Russian Age Racing Aston Martin DBR9 will start the 10th round of the FIA GT Championship in Dubai from pole position after French driver Christophe Bouchut, who will share with Stephane Ortelli, set a time of one minute, 55.215s.

Bouchut set the fastest time in the first qualifying session, with Ortelli just a tenth slower, and were both enthusiastic about their Aston Martin which carries additional sponsorship from the Dubai GT Racing Team, which next year will race a pair of Aston Martins.

"The car is very fast," says Bouchut. "Stephane and I will make a strong partnership so we are crossing our fingers for tomorrow." Ortelli, the former Le Mans 24-hour winner who is driving for the team for the first time this season, added: "We have to be very good in the pits, and if we are, then I think we can win the race."

Team principal Rob Schirle comments: "We had a tactical day. We wanted to stay ahead of the Chevrolet Corvette and had a fresh set of tyres ready at the end of the session, but we didn't need to use them."

The Cirtek Russian Age Ferrari 550 Maranello missed Wednesday's free practice session having been transported from the Le Mans Endurance Series race in Istanbul. The car took to the track late in the second practice session on Thursday morning. It is the first time that Russian drivers Alexey Vasiliev and Nikolay Fomenko have driven together without Bouchut to set the pace, and they finished up 14th overall with Vasiliev setting a time of 2m 00.774s.

"The Russian drivers are happy" says Schirle. "They have had plenty of time at the wheel, and they are confident that they will go faster in the race." Says team manager Hans Muhlbauer: "If we can give them a nice trouble-free race they could finish up in sixth or seventh position. They are comfortable in the car."

The race will take place over three hours tomorrow, Friday 18 November.

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Stéphane Ortelli , Christophe Bouchut , Alexey Vasiliev