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3rd Row Start for Young Driver in GTE

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Round 3, Le Mans 24 Hours. Le Mans, France. 7th - 15th June 2015 Photo: Drew Gibson

The #95 Young Driver AMR Aston Martin Vantage GTE will start on the 3rd row of LM GTE Pro cars for the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans when the race gets underway on Saturday. Marco Sørensen set the time which confirmed the ‘Danish Dynamite” trio in fifth on the grid for the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship with the #99 Aston Martin Racing machine on class pole.

The #97 Aston Martin Racing art car took third on the grid, split from its two team mates by the #51 AF Corse Ferrari in second and #71 in fourth. Less than a second covered the top five after the two days of qualifying action.

Sørensen shares with fellow Danish racers Nicki Thiim and Christoffer Nygaard. It was the latter who was at the wheel during the only complication in the cars preparations for the race, a small off on the final lap of qualifying which caused minimal damage.

Le Mans debutant Sørensen said, “I’m very satisfied with our progress here at Le Mans so far. Sometimes it was not easy in practice and qualifying with some interruptions and rain on Wednesday, but we focused on our race preparation. For a 24-hour-race, the starting position doesn’t count so much. It’s more important that the car is good to drive for all three of us. I expect that we will be very competitive in the race.”

Jan Struve commented on behalf of the team, “We went through our program and made sure every of our three drivers had enough time in the car and is comfortable with our Vantage GTE. Our performance in Qualifying was good, this makes us confident for the race. A Aston Martin Racing sister car of Richie Stanaway, Fernando Rees and Alex MacDowall claimed the class Pole Position, big congratulations to them.”

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