Interlagos: Darren Turner championship race report

TURNER STORMS TO SECOND IN FIA GT1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Darren Turner and his Young Driver AMR team-mate Tomas Enge climbed the GT1 rankings this weekend with two storming drives at Interlagos, taking victory in the qualifying race and second...

TURNER STORMS TO SECOND IN FIA GT1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Darren Turner and his Young Driver AMR team-mate Tomas Enge climbed the GT1 rankings this weekend with two storming drives at Interlagos, taking victory in the qualifying race and second place in today's championship race.

An assertive start in yesterday's qualifying race saw Darren move up from third to second when he went for a gap in the middle of the pack.

"I saw the gap and went for it," he said. "I half expected the door to shut and for it all to end in tears but it was okay. I had a few nudges from behind from an over-friendly Corvette but after that I settled in and followed the leading Maserati. It was being driven by a Brazilian so I took the opportunity to learn the track a bit more and look after my tyres. I closed the gap up prior to the pit stop and was delighted to see the guys do a mega job yet again in the pits."

A brilliant stop by the Young Driver AMR squad got Tomas out in the lead and he took it all the way to flag, sealing another win for the No.7 Aston Martin.

Tomas started the race today from pole position and took off in the lead and held onto it until he pitted to hand over to Darren.

"The plan for today was to try and win again," said Darren. "It is much hotter here today and we always struggle in the heat but Tomas did a great job and we had another excellent pit stop. Unfortunately my door came open as I joined the race and the tricky thing is that you can't shut it with your left hand, you have to reach over and do it with your right. By the time I had managed to do that I had lost two or three seconds which allowed Xandi (Negrao) to catch me so I had him on my tail then."

"What I know now is that he was on new rubber and after holding him off for a good while he got through. It was quite a bold move and some people say it was a bit strong but as far as I'm concerned it's okay, as long as there's no grizzling when it's returned in the same manner!"

"We really didn't expect to do so well this weekend," he continued. "So to get a load of points and move up to second in the championship is mega. I've thoroughly enjoyed racing in Brazil; great track, great people and a great atmosphere. I'll have a few beers tonight and then re-focus for the last round next week."

-source: darren turner

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Tomas Enge , Darren Turner