Spa: Aston Martin Racing Thursday report

The Aston Martin Racing team today started preparations for the 2005 Proximus 24 Hours of Spa, with two practice sessions earlier today followed by a double qualifying session this evening. After receiving an overwhelming welcome at the...

The Aston Martin Racing team today started preparations for the 2005 Proximus 24 Hours of Spa, with two practice sessions earlier today followed by a double qualifying session this evening.

After receiving an overwhelming welcome at the pre-race parade from the Francorchamps circuit to the centre of Spa yesterday, the team today commenced track action, culminating with 3rd and 7th quickest times in evening qualifying.

On the qualifying performance, Aston Martin Racing Team Principal, George Howard- Chappell said: "It's been a valuable day of preparation two practice sessions followed by the qualifying gives us some meaningful track time and allows each driver to have a stint in the car.

"Inadvertently, car 28 missed two pit lane red lights, which has resulted in a penalty. For car 28, the best two qualifying times accrued over the course of the three sessions will be discounted, with the third quickest determining our grid position. Whilst this is a little disappointing, we still have a further session tomorrow. We can also take encouragement from our performance in wet conditions this evening, with David (Brabham) recording the fastest time of the session.

"Session on session we've made some steady progress and we look forward to honing our setup in the final qualifying.

"Today isn't all about times we have to work on a race setup that suits the car, our drivers and this circuit we have a weight penalty to take into account too."

Appearing at one of his home circuits, Marc Goossens will make his Aston Martin debut this weekend and Howard-Chappell added: "Marc has adapted to the DBR9 very quickly and, as I expected, his extensive experience of the Spa circuit has proven of real benefit to the team."

Grid positions will be finalised after qualifying concludes tomorrow at 1pm (CET).

-amr-

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Marc Goossens
Teams Aston Martin Racing