Young Driver AMR: Well prepared for Brno

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

May is undoubtedly the busiest month of the season for the Young Driver AMR team, with three races in only four weeks. The first half of May brought a lot of joy, but also disappointment for the team. After a brilliant win of Darren Turner and Thomas Enge in the Young Driver-Aston Martin DBR9 at Silverstone, the team lost the victory hours after the race when the car was excluded. The team has appealed this decision and awaits a final outcome by the end of the week. Only one week later, Young Driver AMR took part at the 1000km of Spa and was immediately among the quickest cars in class. An accident during the race prevented Young Driver AMR to score a well deserved result in Belgium. After so much bad luck, the Young Driver AMR team now travels to the Czech Republic for the third round of the GT1 World Championship at the epic track of Brno. Darren Turner (GB) and Tomas Enge
(CZ) as well as Christoffer Nygaard (DK) and Stefan Mücke (D) are highly motivated to turn the speed of their Young Driver-Aston Martin DBR9 into a good result at this weekend’s Czech round of the GT1 World Championship.

Brno is the second home race in a row for Tomas Enge. Second, as the former Czech Formula One driver also lives in the UK. “Brno is my home race and I really look forward to it”, says Enge. “I know the track very well, and drove there some thousands laps during my career. The last time I raced at Brno in a GT1 car in the FIA GT was in 2002 and took the Pole Position in that race. We will have a lot of support from the local fans at Brno, which gives some extra motivation. I’m sure we will deliver some great entertainment for the fans at Brno, and I really hope the weather stays good.“

Young Driver Christoffer Nygaard, who scored a fine fifth place at Silverstone with Stefan Mücke, learned the track during a test session in
March: „We tested in March at Brno with our Ford GT from the FIA GT3 European Championship. It’s a different car than our Aston Martin DBR9 in the World Championship, but it helped a lot to get a feeling for the track.
I like the track very much. It’s fast and has some really nice corners. As in Silverstone, I will again be on double duty and will also race in the FIA
GT3 European Championship.” The young Dane escaped a crash during the 1000km of Spa unhurt and is physically well prepared for the challenging up-and-downhill track: „The crash at Spa was quite heavy. I had some pain in my back and my neck for two days, but no injury and I’m well prepared for Brno now.”

Whilst Nygaard is fine, the Aston Martin DBR9 was a complete write off after Spa. The Young Driver AMR team burnt the midnight oil and built a new car in time for the third round of World Championship. With two well prepared Aston Martin DBR9, Young Driver AMR aims now to continue the success Aston Martin had at the last GT1 race at Brno back in 2008: Two years ago, a Aston Martin
DBR9 won the FIA GT race at Brno.

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