Young Driver AMR fifth at Silverstone Winning Young Driver AMR-Aston Martin excluded Young Driver AMR finished fifth in today GT1 World Championship race in Silverstone with a Aston Martin DBR9 driven by Stefan Mucke (D) and Christoffer...
Young Driver AMR fifth at Silverstone
Winning Young Driver AMR-Aston Martin excluded
Young Driver AMR finished fifth in today GT1 World Championship race in Silverstone with a Aston Martin DBR9 driven by Stefan Mucke (D) and Christoffer Nygaard (DK). The race winning Young Driver AMR-Aston Martin DBR9 of Darren Turner (GB) and Tomas Enge (CZ) was excluded after the race.
The qualification race on Saturday brought a good starting position for Turner/Enge in Sunday's Championship race. Tomas Enge started the qualifying race from Pole-Position and clearly leaded, when the Young Driver AMR-Aston Martin DBR9 was penalised with a drive trough penalty and a stop and go penalty for crossing the white line on pit entry. Enge/Turner eventually finished fourth, giving them a good starting position for the Championship Race. Mucke/Nygaard were faced with bad luck in the qualifying race. They had to retire from due to a blown tire, resulting in a start from the back of the grid in Sunday's Championship Race.
The race also not started very promising for starting driver Stefan Mucke in the #8 Young Driver Aston Martin. Mucke had a contact with another car in the beginning of the race, which resulted in a blown tire. Mucke pitted for a tire change, luckily during an early Safety Car period, due to a burning car on the track, so he managed to stay on the lead lap. From the back of field, Mucke and later team mate Christoffer Nygaard showed an amazing speed and chased back to the front. Nygaard took the car in 13th position from Mucke. The young Dane was the quickest man on track in the second half of the race, driving almost two seconds quicker than all other cars and finally finished fifth after dramatic battles in the last minutes of the race.
"We saved one set of tires for my stint. With the new tires, I had a clear advantage and could go a really strong pace", Nygaard said after the race, in which he scored his first points in the GT1-Worldchampionship.
The race winning Young Driver-Aston Martin of Darren Turner and Tomas Enge was excluded after technical checks (Breach of Article 2188.8.131.52.d.3 Appendix J and article 5 FIA GT1 World Championship Sporting Regulation). The measurement of the friction block of the flat bottom of the car #7 was found not to be in accordance with the minimum thickness. The team has appealed against the exclusion, the result of the race remains provisional.
Next stop for Young Driver AMR: Next weekends Le Mans Series race, the 1000km of Spa-Francorchamps (B).