Navarra: Young Driver AMR qualifying report

Young Driver AMR starts fifth in Spain Good Qualifying performance of Darren Turner and Tomas Enge The first day of the Spanish round of the GT1-World Championship at Navarra in the North of Spain brought joy and sorrow for Young Driver AMR.

Young Driver AMR starts fifth in Spain

Good Qualifying performance of Darren Turner and Tomas Enge

The first day of the Spanish round of the GT1-World Championship at Navarra in the North of Spain brought joy and sorrow for Young Driver AMR. Darren Turner (GBR) and Tomas Enge (CZE) qualified in good fifth position in their Young Driver AMR-Aston Martin DBR9 for Sunday's race. On the downside, Stefan Muecke (GER) and Christoffer Nygaard (DAN) had back luck and had to sit out the qualifying session.

The qualifying went much better than expected for Young Driver AMR. Darren Turner drove the first part of the three-parted shoot-out--qualifying and was 7th quickest. In the second part, it was on Tomas Enge. The former Formula 1-driver had a great performance and topped the timing screens with the quickest lap of the session. In the final qualifying of the quickest eight cars, it was on Darren Turner again. Turner managed the fifth fasted time in the final Q3-session, securing at third row start for Young Driver AMR.

Stefan Muecke and Christoffer Nygaard were not so lucky on the first day of the Spanish round of the GT1-World Championship. Nygaard had spun at the end of the morning free practise session. The car went into the Armco barrier, which resulted in substantial damage to the rear end of the Aston Martin. Both drivers subsequently had to sit out pre-qualifying and the qualifying session due to the damaged car. New parts are now flown in from the Young Driver AMR base in Germany and expected to arrive at the track at midnight. The Young Driver AMR-team will then burn the midnight oil, to make sure Muecke/Nygaard can start into Sunday's race.

Driver quotes after Qualifying:

Tomas Enge (#7 Young Driver AMR-Aston Martin DBR9): "We found a really good set-up, not only for the qualifying, but I think also for the race. The track is not well suited for our kind of car, so we really made the most out of it. For sure it helped a lot to learn the new track that we took part in a national race here some weeks ago. Fifth is a solid starting position for the Qualifying Race. But on Sunday, the weather may play into account, as the forecast says it might be raining."

Darren Turner (#7 Young Driver AMR-Aston Martin DBR9): "I'm really surprised about the fifth place, I really didn't expected that on this track. In Q1 I was blocked on my quickest lap, so I lost a few tenth, but it was no problem to make it in Q2. I was really happy with car, but for Q3 we made a small change on the set up, which didn't pay out. For the race we are really good prepared, as we saved so much tires so far, like we never did before during this season."

-source: young driver amr

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