Aston Martin grabs the lot in GTE!
Winner in both Pro and Am, the Vantage AMRs dominated the GTE classes in the United States.
A clean sweep. ASTON MARTIN RACING were simply unbeatable in the GTE categories in Austin, Texas at the fifth round of the World Endurance Championship. Having secured pole position in the LMGTE-Pro class in the No.95 Vantage AMR , Marco Sørensen and Nicki Thiim went on to dominate the race and secure a lights-to-flag victory. “That was a real scrap,” nonetheless commented a breathless Thiim just after getting out of the car, “with two double stints! I wasn't expecting Porsche to follow suit and do double stints at the end. I was literally flat out all the time, but we won! Yeahhhh!” In contention for long periods to secure a one-two for the British marque, the No. 97 sister car of Alexander Lynn and Maxime Martin lost out to the No. 92 Porsche (Christensen – Estre) and the No. 51 Ferrari (Calado – Pier Guidi) for a place on the podium.
ASTON MARTIN also claimed victory in the LMGTE-Am class, with the No.90 Vantage AMR from satellite team TF Sport finishing on the top step of the podium, driven by Salih Yoluc, Jonathan Adam and Charlie Eastwood. The works team entry, the No. 98 Vantage AMR driven by Paul Dalla Lana, Darren Turner and Ross Gunn, completed a one-two in the LMGTE-Am class.
SIGNATECH ALPINE ELF also looked set up for a good result in the LMP2 class, after the drivers (Thomas Laurent, Pierre Ragues and André Negrao) had claimed third place in qualifying. Unfortunately, the front right brake disc broke just as they took the category lead, meaning they had to come in for a 4m40s pit stop. They ended up finishing sixth in class, 4m11s behind the winners and feeling somewhat disappointed to have lost crucial time with the pit stop…
With this, their third win of the season, after victories in Bahrain and Fuji, ASTON MARTIN RACING and its Danish driver pairing (Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen) increased their lead in the GTE Drivers’ and Teams’ Championships.
Did you know?
Total has permanently seconded Ionna Kosyfologou, a track support engineer, to ASTON MARTIN RACING as part of its special partnership. Ionna is tasked with reporting various kinds of key information to the team. She constantly analyses the engine and gearbox lubricants of the Vantage AMR cars, studying the level of metals contained in the lubricants, checking how they are used and the amount of wear on the relevant components. The close working relationship she has developed with the British engine specialists clearly contributes to the team’s overall performance.