TURNER SALVAGES SIXTH PLACE AT SPA Darren Turner and Tomas Enge salvaged sixth place from the fifth round of the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship at Spa this weekend. With the Aston Martin DBR9 still struggling under the weight of recent Balance...
TURNER SALVAGES SIXTH PLACE AT SPA
Darren Turner and Tomas Enge salvaged sixth place from the fifth round of the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship at Spa this weekend. With the Aston Martin DBR9 still struggling under the weight of recent Balance of Performance decisions, the duo struggled for pace but a determined effort on the track and during the pit-stops helped them to haul themselves back up the order.
It was Enge's turn to do the first qualifying session at Spa and all was well until the closing minutes when they missed out on getting through to Q2 when many other cars dived in for a fresh set of tyres. It was going to be practically impossible to take points from back in 18th place in the grid for the qualifying race.
"The start of race one went well for me," said Darren. "I made up about three places on the opening lap and then a few more during my stint. I lost a place to (Christophe) Bouchut who passed me by running wide at turn one which isn't allowed but for some reason he got away with the move. I came in 13th and then Tomas went out and made up a few more places to take 11th at the finish."
Darren and Tomas were elevated to 10th place overnight when the third-placed Corvette was excluded from the results for a technical infringement.
Tomas started yesterday's main race from 10th on the grid. It was quite a confused start as the leaders all braked, just as the race went green so Tomas lost a few places. He made them up again during his run and pitted to hand the No.7 Young Driver Aston Martin to Darren in 10th place.
"The team, as usual, did an excellent job in the pits," said Darren. "I passed a couple of cars quite soon after the stop and we ended up sixth. We're pretty thankful for that result, considering what happened in qualifying. We don't want to have to start each race meeting like the last two where we are on the back foot from the start. It seems that the Balance of Performance has swung a bit too far away from us so we will have to see if anything changes before the next race."
The next FIA GT1 World Championship event takes place at the Nuerburgring in Germany on 28-29 August.
-source: darren turner