Young Driver AMR had a tough weekend at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, with drivers Marco Sørensen and Christoffer Nygaard finishing 6th in LM GTE-Pro in their #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE.
After qualifying fifth, Sørensen took the opening two stints of the race and was in contention for a podium position. After two hours, Nygaard took over before Sørenson took the car again for the last part of the race. After running third in the opening part of the race, the team faced tyre problems which pushed them down the field.
“It was not an easy race for us today,” Jan Struve of Young Driver AMR said. “It was a really exciting race with very close gaps and we were a bit unlucky. During practice it rained a lot and we were lacking running time in the dry to work on the setup, but this was the same for everybody. Many of our competitors struggled today and made mistakes, but we were not able to take advantage out of this. But we also take many positives away from Spa. We made some significant improvements in certain areas, with improved pit stops being the most visible. We collected data in our preparation for Le Mans, which is the most important race of the season. Congratulations to our sister car of Aston Martin Racing, which won the class today.”
“At the end of the race I drove two stints on one set of tires, which was the first time in my racing career that I had to do this,” explained Sørensen. “We thought this would be an advantage to gain one or two positions. But in the end, it didn’t pay off. Generally our performance was good and we were there, we just have to work on the strategy. We didn’t have to pace to win today, but a have a good qualifying pace and everything we need to drive at the front. We now need to make all this work and push for Le Mans.”
The next race for Young Driver AMR will be the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 13/14.