First and second for Aston Martin Racing in Sebring qualifying Aston Martin Racing will start Saturday's 12 Hours of Sebring race from first and second positions in the GT1 class after an excellent performance during today's qualifying ...
First and second for Aston Martin Racing in Sebring qualifying
Aston Martin Racing will start Saturday's 12 Hours of Sebring race from first and second positions in the GT1 class after an excellent performance during today's qualifying session.
Pedro Lamy, who set the team's fastest lap in the number 009 DBR9, qualified in a time of 1min 55.286sec. His record breaking lap was 1.8sec faster than the previous best for the GT1 category which was set in 2004. It also marked the team's best ALMS qualifying result with the DBR9.
"I'm feeling quite pleased, it's my first qualifying pole in this series and it shows that all of the hard work and testing is paying off, said Lamy. "We've had to adapt to new tyres for this race and that's meant a lot of preparation, but I think we've found a good balance with the car now and it felt good on the track. Of course it's nice to be on pole but Sebring's a 12 hour race, it's very long and anything can happen. I hope we will have such a good car in the race."
Tomas Enge secured second place in the number 007 DBR9 with a time of 1min 56.030sec. "To be honest, I don't think we were really expecting this result, but of course we're delighted to be first and second," said Enge. "But the fact is that in these kinds of races qualifying well doesn't guarantee a good result. The most important thing is to drive without making any mistakes on Saturday and fighting for the best position and the victory like we did last year."
Team Principal George Howard-Chappell said: "We're a little surprised to be leading the class and I'm not sure that we've seen the true, ultimate performance of all the cars we're up against, but looking at our own form I'm pleased that we've set some very competitive times. Pedro's lap in particular was outstanding. During this evening's night session we'll work a little more on the set up and the tyre selections, then tomorrow we'll make our final preparations for Saturday's race."
Paul Hembery, Pirelli's Motorsport Director said: "Considering the brief amount of time we've had in preparation, and the fact that the only test we have done this year took place in a temperature of about 5