Aston Martin take their first Pole in GTE Pro in more than a year

by Umar Hassan

Aston Martin Racing’s #95 V8 Vantage of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen have taken Pole Position in the GTE Pro class for Sunday’s 6 Hours of Nürburgring.

It’s Aston Martin Racing’s first Pole in more than a year as Thiim and Sørensen put in a 2:01.712 in changeable conditions to go ahead of the #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK crew of Stefan Mücke and Oliver Pla by nearly two-tenths of a second.

Darren Turner and Richie Stanaway in the sister #97 Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage could only settle for third place, +0.361 behind the Polesitters Thiim and Sørensen.

Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado in the #51 AF Corse 458 Italia were fourth, ahead of the other #67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK car of Marino Franchitti, Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in fifth place.

Completing the seven qualifiers in the GTE Pro class were the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing crew and the other #71 AF Corse car of Davide Rigon and Sam Bird in sixth and seventh places respectively.

GTE Am Class – Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing take Pole at the Nürburgring

Credit: Craig Robertson / www.speedchills.com

Credit: Craig Robertson / www.speedchills.com

Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing have claimed Pole Position for tomorrow’s 6 Hours of Nürburgring in the GTE Am class.

The #88 Porsche 911 RSR, run by Khaled Al Quabisi, David Heinemeier Hansson and Patrick Long completed a lap of the Nürburgring in an average time of 2:06.011, putting them ahead of the #78 KCMG team by +0.186 seconds.

Aston Martin Racing’s #98 V8 Vantage of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda were third, out-qualifying the #83 AF Corse of Emanuel Collard, François Perrodo and Rui Aguas by over two-tenths of a second in fourth.

While completing the six qualifiers in the GTE Am class were the #50 of Larbre Competition and #86 Gulf Racing-run Porsche 911 RSR in fifth and sixth places respectively.

Tomorrow is the 6 Hours of Nürburgring will have lights out at 12.00pm UK Time for racing in the GTE Pro and AM classes.

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