Young Driver Aston Martin scores final win in debut WEC season

by Joe Hudson

Young Driver AMR have scored a third win of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship under the lights of Bahrain.

The GTE Am car, driven by Danish trio Nicki Thiim, Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen beat a hard charging 8Star Ferrari to go with their six pole positions and five podiums.

At the start the squad, which unsurprisingly started on pole, was overtaken by the IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche – but after 21 laps of hard charging Thiim managed to get back through and from that point on good fuel economy meant the team never looked back.

“It was almost the perfect race for us. The start was very aggressive and I lost one position. I had to take care of my tires, but could fight back and retake the lead. The car was perfect and Christoffer and Kristian drove very strong stints. At the end it was quite easy to bring the car home and I’m happy that we finally take a win.” Thiim said.

The most amazing thing about the team’s successes this season is that it is only Young Driver’s first season in the WEC following a few season in FIA GT1. Team Principal Jan Struve was ecstatic with the glories: “It was a perfect end of the season, we couldn’t ask for more.

“We had a really tough season and after bad luck the recent races, we deserved this win. All three drivers drove a perfect race and the team worked like clockwork, I’m really proud of everybody. I would like to congratulate Jaime Campbell-Walter and Stuart Hall in a sister car of Aston Martin Racing for winning the FIA Endurance Trophy for GTE-Am drivers.”

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