Young Driver AMR: No.7 pair re-energised for Brno

Friday, May 21, 2010

Aston Martin drivers Tomas Enge and Darren Turner are re-energised and ready for the next chapter of the battle of the brands at Brno this weekend, three weeks after being stripped of their win last time out at Silverstone.

The Young Driver pair crossed the line to take the chequered flag in Britain only to be later disqualified from the final standings because the underfloor skid plank underneath their car was worn beyond the permitted minimum thickness.

Although disappointed by the steward’s decision, their strong showing gives them the confidence to aim for another solid finish in the Czech Republic.

“The weekend at Silverstone was really nice and almost successful,” said Enge, who is racing on home soil this weekend. “The circuit suited our car well and I was obviously very happy to win the Tourist Trophy with a Brit, Darren.

“We were very proud because the Tourist Trophy is really valuable for British drivers. Naturally we were really sad being disqualified after the final scrutineering. The underfloor skid plank was worn beyond the permitted tolerance but I don’t think it gave us an advantage.

“I hope that the track at Brno will suit us as well as Silverstone did. To be able to repeat our strong performance at my home race would be really amazing. I hope for good weather, many fans in the grandstands and a strong battle on the track,” said Enge.

Enge’s partner in the No.7 car, Briton Turner, continues to stay positive and is looking forward to the challenges of the Brno Circuit.

He said: “Out of all the circuits on the calendar, Silverstone was always going to be good for us as it suits the Aston Martin DBR9. You could say that the car is least suited to Yas Marina and most suited to Silverstone.

“Brno is somewhere in the middle. I like the track as it’s made up of some good medium speed corners that all flow well together. There are elevation changes to deal with too as it is situated on a big slope. “

The disqualification means that the Aston Martin duo is yet to make a mark on the drivers’ standings after two races gone with eight remaining.

“Obviously the situation is a little bit complicated for us now because we have yet to score and we have only a few points from the other Young Driver car,” said Enge. “Now we need to be little bit more aggressive.

Turner echoed his team-mate's vision: “We didn’t get any points in Abu Dhabi and Silverstone so what we need to do is go to Brno and score some points so that we can start clawing our way back up towards the leaders.”

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