Hexis AMR: Piccione and Dusseldorp on maximum attack

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hexis AMR Aston Martin duo Clivio Piccione and Stef Dusseldorp will be on maximum attack when the GT1 season resumes at Silverstone next weekend.

The duo currently lie fourth in the Drivers' Standings, and have one Championship Race victory to their credit following their triumph in the opening round at Abu Dhabi.

The last two rounds have been less successful however, with their No.3 DB9 taking just six points from the last four races. Bad luck has been largely to blame, with the duo qualifying on the front row at the Sachsenring before falling victim to the opening lap melee which forced them to retire - and to start Sunday's race from the back of the grid.

Heading into Silverstone, a track well suited to the Aston Martin DB9, Piccione and Dusseldorp insist victory is their main aim as they look to extract the maximum points from the weekend.

"For me, my objective is clear - we have to fight for the win in both races and bring the maximum points back," Piccione declared. "We have no ballast, and I expect the Aston Martin to be really fast on its home ground.

"I love Silverstone and I'm really looking forward to going there - it is a track you can really attack every lap. I'm also looking forward to seeing the hard work they have put into building the new facilities.

"It is home for Aston Martin, and also a bit for me as I spent four years racing in the UK."

Piccione's bullish attitude was mirrored by his young Dutch team-mate Dusseldorp, who said: "Our objective is as always; score as many points as possible. Silverstone should be a good circuit for Aston Martin, so we go for victory in the Championship Race!

"I've never driven there before, only on my PlayStation, so it will be a new experience for me. Luckily Clivio knows the track and we have the data, so I'll have to learn quickly.

"We showed good speed in Qualifying at Sachsenring, but got eliminated in the first turn for the Championship Race. We could have finished on the podium and scored a lot of points, so we have positive feelings about our pace but not about the points we got."

You can follow the progress of Clivio Piccione and Stef Dusseldorp and the rest of the GT1 field when the season resumes at Silverstone on 3-5 June. Live streaming of qualifying and both races will be available via GT1TV.

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