Thiim and Sørensen take Young Driver AMR to first GTE Pro podium

by Vince Pettit
FIA WEC Nurburgring 2016 - Credit: Young Driver AMR

Young Driver AMR claimed their first GTE Pro podium at the 6 Hours of Nürburgring as the FIA World Endurance Championship headed to Germany, it could have been a better result if it wasn’t for a late caution period disrupting the field.

Marco Sørensen and Nicki Thiim claimed pole position for the team and would also take the fastest lap of the race for the GTE Pro class. Leading the first hour of the race after Thiim moved into first on the second lap, the Danish duo battled with their competitors to lead 83 laps of the race, unfortunately a late caution saw the #95 Aston Martin drop down to third from second place as pitstops took place.

“The race was really exciting over the entire distance of six hours” said Young Driver AMR’s Jan Struve. “I’m really satisfied with the result and pleased how well the whole team worked. Marco and Nicki gave everything and showed an impressive performance.

“We closed to gap to our competitors and ware able to fights for podiums positions. Only at the end of the race we were caught by a bit of luck when there was a late caution which didn’t play in our cards and prevented us from finishing second.”

FIA WEC Nurburgring 2016 - Credit: Young Driver AMR

Credit: Young Driver AMR

“That was a tough race but a fantastic one for the spectators.” said Thiim. “It was an amazing battle throughout the whole six hours and the balance was great with the Fords and Ferraris all the way through. It’s so much fun just to go out there and give it all you’ve got and to keep pushing. In the end we were unlucky not to get the second position but that’s racing.”

Sørensen added, “We did what we could and the team did an amazing job yet again. The pit stops were perfect but we were just a little bit unlucky not to take another step up on the podium. We’re hoping that the next tracks will suit our car a little better and we can take a victory soon”.

Sørensen and Thiim are now third in the drivers championship as the series heads overseas to Mexico in September.

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