The Young Driver AMR squad say they are satisfied with their grid slot for the 82nd running of the Le Mans 24 Hours, with the trio of Kristian Poulsen, Nicki Thiim and David Heinemeier Hansson qualifying the #95 Aston Martin Vantage in third place in GTE Am.
The lap that got them third, a 3:55.944, was set by Thiim in the final qualifying session, with Heinemeier Hansson the only one of the trio to experience issues, with the Dane going off after a puncture in qualifying one on Wednesday causing minimal damage to the car.
“We are very happy so far, qualifying went really good for us“, Young Driver AMR Team Principal Jan Struve said. “Unfortunately Nicki´s first flying lap was destroyed when a car in front of him spun and on the two following laps he had traffic. Otherwise we might have had a chance for second place. But the pace is good and all three drivers are very happy with the car. The car is very well prepared and running fine.”
“The qualifying was crazy, I have never seen so many cars in the walls and getting destroyed, so we are really happy that today’s session was trouble free for us“, said Heinemeier Hansson. “It was my first qualifying in a closed top GT car at Le Mans and that was quite different to the open top prototype car I drove in the previous years.
“I still have to get used to it, due to many interruptions in the qualifying session I couldn’t drive many laps, but the race is very long. The car feels really good, I like the set up and I think we have a comfortable car we can drive a long time.”
The fourth member of the ‘Dane Train,’ Christoffer Nygaard, is this weekend in the sister #98 car alongside Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy, with the trio managing to out qualify the #95 to start in second.