Pole for Aston Martin Racing at Road America Stephane Sarrazin drove the 009 Aston Martin DBR9 to pole position in GT1 today for Sunday's Generac 500 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race at Road America. Sarrazin's lap time of 1:59.638s on the ...
Pole for Aston Martin Racing at Road America
Stephane Sarrazin drove the 009 Aston Martin DBR9 to pole position in GT1 today for Sunday's Generac 500 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race at Road America. Sarrazin's lap time of 1:59.638s on the 4.048-mile track gave him his first pole in the series and set a new track GT1 qualifying record.
Tomas Enge qualified the 007 DBR9 in third position (1:59.972s) although this isn't reflective of Enge's true qualifying potential as he was blocked by traffic on his fast lap.
The 20-minute qualifying session followed two one-hour test sessions earlier in the day. Sarrazin recorded the fastest time in the morning session of 2:01.798s, Enge was fastest in the second session with a time of 2:00.460s.
Aston Martin Racing has secured five of the seven GT1 pole positions this year. All four drivers have been on pole once with Enge taking the top spot twice.
George Howard-Chappell, Team Principal, Aston Martin Racing:
"Super job by Stephane, he has been on the pace all weekend and it looks like we have got the car set up well for this circuit. The tyres are working really well in the cool temperatures we have experienced today. I'm looking forward to a really, really close race. It is a shame that Tomas (Enge) was blocked by traffic on his fast qualifying lap but we are hoping for a good, clean race."
Stephane Sarrazin (France): "I'm delighted. This is the first pole for me in the series and to break the track qualifying record as well is a bonus. I am happy to be the fastest in GT1 on the track today.
"From my first lap on Friday I had a good feeling with the track, it is a very technical track. Immediately I was happy with the car, we had a good base to start with and the team have improved the car in each session. Everything came together in qualifying. I had a good feeling and I pushed a lot. Every lap you improve your pace, grow in confidence and try not to make mistakes. Kink corner is the most difficult, it is very fast and you are in sixth gear but I have a good feeling in almost every corner now.
"It is nice to be on the pole and it is good for the team as they did a great job but it isn't that important in a three hour race - there can be many safety cars and lots of overtaking. It is easier to overtake here than at Lime Rock or Portland so the race should be exciting."
Tomas Enge (Czech Republic): "The team did a very good job and fixed the car after my accident yesterday. The car is very fast and competitive. We missed one and a half hours of practice yesterday but we made up ground today and we did our best. I can't wait for the race tomorrow, I think it is going to be a great fight between us and our competitors."
Earlier in the day the 009 DBR9 took part in the semi-final of the Klein Tools Pit Crew Challenge. The 009 mechanics and drivers changed all four tyres and completed a driver change in 43.704s -- a time good enough to take second place in the heat and secure a place in the final to be held at Laguna Seca on Friday 20 October.