Friday 18 November, Bahrain: Aston Martin Racing has achieved a ideal start to a competition weekend, as a group take a 1-2 in GTE Pro and stick position in GTE Am for a FIA World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Bahrain.
With a object set in a Bahraini desert, a #97 V8 Vantage GTE of Darren Turner (GB) and Jonny Adam (GB) set matching path times of 1m56.953 to bind stick position for tomorrow’s pretension determining turn and measure a critical stick position championship point.
The span were shortly followed by GTE Pro and GT Drivers championship leaders Nicki Thiim (DN) and Marco Sørensen (DN), who brought their #95 entrance home with an normal path time of 1m57.081 to close out a front quarrel of a GTE Pro grid.
With a group in quarrel for all 5 GT championships on offer – including a altogether GT Manufacturers pretension – a outcome brings a vital boost to a team’s hopes, with a necessity to a championship leaders reduced to 9 points.
Turner said, “We indispensable to get both cars on a front quarrel of a grid. It was critical that one of us took a stick to assistance a #95 organisation for their championship bid and that apparently helps with a GT manufacturers pretension too. It’s going to be a unequivocally tough competition tomorrow though we couldn’t have asked for a softened subordinate session. Jonny’s jumped in and finished a illusory pursuit and I’m unequivocally gay for all of a #97 boys after operative so tough to correct a automobile after Shanghai”.
Adam said, “It’s good to be behind here in Bahrain generally after doing my contrast work with Dunlop final year. There were certain signs final year and a transparent a tyre has softened drastically via 2016. The car’s been removing softened and softened via a weekend and it was eventually ideal in that session. The automobile feels unequivocally strong, utterly on a longer runs and we’ll be looking to quarrel for feat tomorrow”.
Nicki Thiim, motorist of #95 said, “That was shining for Aston Martin. It’s been utterly formidable in a past integrate of races though a automobile is operative unequivocally good here, utterly a tyre, and we consider that’s where a advantage is. Tomorrow, it’s a prolonged competition though we wish to win and make certain that we get a team, drivers and GTE Pro championships. we will be holding a start for tomorrow, we wish to stay out of difficulty and afterwards we’ll see what a competition brings”.
In GTE Am, a #98 V8 Vantage GTE of Pedro Lamy (P), Paul Dalla Lana (C) and Mathias Lauda (A) claimed stick on a final drifting path of a session. After Lamy and Dalla Lana placed a automobile in second following their initial timed runs, Lamy was sent behind out for one final attempt.
After channel a start/finish in a final notation of a session, a marvellous path brought a pair’s normal to 0.02 seconds forward of their nearest rival, providing them with an essential stick position championship indicate to keep their pretension hopes alive.
Paul Dalla Lana said, “That was as most play as we can have from any quali session. We knew Ferrari would by all they had during it, including regulating an additional set of tyres to pull us off a tip step in a final moments of a session. Unfortunately, we had to use 3 sets of tyres too to make certain Pedro could keep us during a tip by, though it means we keep fighting. You never know what can occur tomorrow. Stranger things have happened and we might find ourselves fighting for a pretension during a end”.
Team Principal Paul Howarth added, “That was an positively high opening right opposite a team. we was utterly tender with Jonny’s unblemished lap. We rewarded him with a expostulate here in Bahrain and he’s rewarded us with a stick alongside Darren. The #95 again delivered a rarely convincing opening to lockout a front quarrel in GTE Pro and we were kept watchful right until a final path of Am subordinate to broach their fourth uninterrupted stick position.
As with prior races, a whole group turns a concentration to delivering during a top turn and go into tomorrow’s competition with a certainty that they can explain a championships on offer”.
The FIA WEC 6 Hours of Bahrain starts during 16:00 internal time on Saturday 19 November, with a group in a using for a GT Manufacturers, GT Drivers, GTE Pro team, GTE Am group and GT Am Drivers championships.