Aston Martin racing will start the legendary Petit Le Mans endurance race from eighth place in a highly competitive 58 car grid.
Fresh from victory in Leguna Seca two weeks ago, the 007 DBR1-2 will start the race from fourth row of the grid . The time set by Stefan Mucke of 1.10/485 was just three tenths off the fastest petrol competitor around the 2.54mile Road Atlanta circuit.
A second V12-powered DBR1-2 – which is run by official partner team Muscle Milk Racing- will start from 11th place.
“I am happy with our position today; it is a long race tomorrow and we've had a good amount of running to acclimatise ourselves to this circuit,” said Team Principal George Howard-Chappell.
“The drivers are reporting that the car's setup is about optimum at the moment, and we will aim to stay out of trouble on what will be a very busy circuit.”
MÃ¼cke who qualified the car said: “I had a bit of traffic during the qualifying period, but no surprises there. The car ran really well, it was perfectly balanced and I have to say thanks to the team as they have done a brilliant job.
“I think we have to be happy with P3 in the 'petrol' class, we are not far off the pole petrol. It's a long race and I am really looking forward to it.”
Aston Martin Racing is also represented in the GTE AM category by its official team partner Gulf AMR Middle East. The team qualified its Vantage GT2 in 6th in its class.