Spa: Larbre Competition qualifying report

The Aston Martin DBR9s of Larbre Competition will start Sunday's Spa 1000kms from sixth and eighth on the GT1 grid following today's 20-minute qualifying session. Italian Fabrizio Gollin, winner of last month's Spa 24 Hours, took on qualifying...

The Aston Martin DBR9s of Larbre Competition will start Sunday's Spa 1000kms from sixth and eighth on the GT1 grid following today's 20-minute qualifying session.

Italian Fabrizio Gollin, winner of last month's Spa 24 Hours, took on qualifying duties for Car 50 for the first time this season and set a quickest time of 2:16.045s. Car 51 meanwhile was qualified by Belgian Gregor Franchi, racing at his home circuit, with his best time being a 2:19.008s.

Gollin had some misfortune with traffic during qualifying and the general feeling amongst the team is that sixth on the grid isn't representative of the car's overall performance.

Fabrizio Gollin: "I'd like to thank the team for allowing me to qualify the car for the first time this year. I would have liked to set a better time, but it wasn't easy to find a clear lap. My last lap was going to be my quickest but I caught some traffic so abandoned it to save the tyres. However, I am still very optimistic for the race because the car is good."

Christophe Bouchut: "We are happy with the car and it feels quicker than at the previous three LMS races. Fabrizio was a bit unlucky during qualifying and I think the car is quicker than our grid position suggests. I'm very confident for the race and I'm positive we can fight for a podium finish."

Gabriele Gardel: "Thanks to the technical advances we have introduced this weekend, the car is really competitive, more so than at the other races. With that in mind we are hoping for a good result tomorrow because we need to score some strong points for the championship."

Car 51's drivers were also optimistic for the race, all feeling that the DBR9 had made real progress this weekend.

Greg Franchi: "It was a difficult qualifying session for us, but we're all optimistic for the race because the car has been good all weekend. We feel there are some cars ahead which we can be quicker than and so we're looking forward to tomorrow."

Steve Zacchia: "The car feels good and we have found a good set-up and we'll do some more work during the warm-up in the morning. The lap times of the three drivers have been quite close all weekend and that bodes well for the race where we will need to be consistent."

Gregor Fisken: "This is probably the best weekend I've had so far with the Aston Martin. Spa is a circuit I know well, and it really does suit the car. I was closer to my team-mates in practise today than I have been all year and that is very satisfying."

Credit: lc

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Fabrizio Gollin , Christophe Bouchut , Gregor Fisken , Gabriele Gardel , Steve Zacchia , Greg Franchi
Teams Larbre Competition