Nurburgring: Darren Turner race report

DARREN DOMINATES IN DEUTSCHLAND! Darren Turner and his Young Driver AMR team-mate Tomas Enge dominated the FIA GT1 World Championship meeting at the Nuerburgring in Germany this weekend. The pair maxed out by taking pole position in ...

DARREN DOMINATES IN DEUTSCHLAND!

Darren Turner and his Young Driver AMR team-mate Tomas Enge dominated the FIA GT1 World Championship meeting at the Nuerburgring in Germany this weekend. The pair maxed out by taking pole position in Saturday's qualifying session and victory in both the qualifying and championship races.

After struggling in qualifying in the last two events it was a different story in Germany. First Darren got the No.7 Aston Martin through the first part of the qualifying hour. Tomas then took his turn and was fastest, breezing into Q3 whereupon Darren stuck it on pole!

Saturday's qualifying race got off to a nail-biting start when Tomas was hit going into the first corner. He quickly recovered to third place and then moved right back up to first during the next few laps. He pitted from the lead to hand over to Darren, who went out straight into a heavy rain shower. He came in for wets and then rejoined what he described as "one of those nervy races where you just watch the pit wall, watch your mirrors and try to keep the car on the track."

He crossed the line to take his first official FIA GT1 World Championship victory.

Today's championship race produced another emphatic win for Darren and Tomas. Darren was on start duty today and when the lights went green he took off for turn one and didn't look back until he pitted halfway though to hand over the lead Aston Martin to Tomas. The Czech then continued the good work and brought the car home to do the double and take another great win.

"I was very mindful of yesterday's start and how exciting it was into turn one," said Darren after today's race. "I wanted to make sure that I got out of turn one in one piece and everything that happened after that was just another part of the race, but that was our main objective. I was very happy, kept on the inside and didn't have anyone do any do-or-die moves on me. I just kept my head down, tried not to make any mistakes and was happy with the gap I broke on the Corvette in the first couple of laps. I tried to push a few times during the race, just to break it a bit more, in case we had a problem in the pits but the gap was the gap. So I think that we waited until the Corvette boxed, and then we boxed the following lap and we had it covered because we had no big issues. It was nice because yesterday it was role reversal, I had the rain at the end of the race and it looked like Tomas was going to get some rain too. It was a dry start, and all my stint was in the dry. It was nice to do some solid laps, look at the lap times and push on like that."

These results mean that the Darren and Tomas are now in third place in the FIA GT1 Driver's World Championship. With four events to go there is still everything to play for!

-source: darren turner

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Tomas Enge , Darren Turner