Muscle Milk AMR: Sixth row start for Petit Le Man

Saturday, October 01, 2011

The Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing team took part in qualifying on Friday for Saturday's Petit Le Man and placed 11th on the starting grid for the 10-hour/1000-mile race. Klaus Graf was aboard the Muscle Milk car for the session and placed fifth provisionally after his first timed lap. Unfortunately the German wasn't able to keep that position as he caught up to a slower car during what could have been his fastest lap. Graf did manage to go faster with a lap of one minute 10.948 seconds, but with a close group of petrol cars it placed him ninth. He went on to end up 11th on the grid when the checkered flag fell on the final qualifying session of the season. The final race of the season will see the green flag at 11:30 am ET on Saturday, October 1. The Petit Le Mans will be streamed live on starting at 11:15 am and will be broadcast on tape-delay on ABC Sunday, October 2 at 4:00 pm ET.

Klaus Graf, co-driver Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing "Certainly not the way we wanted to qualify today in 11th. On the lap that should've been our fastest, I caught traffic, which was really, really bad. Some guys really need to pay a little more attention. There are a lot of speed differences out here even within the prototype class, so if somebody comes up behind them they should pay more attention and get off line. That was very unfortunate it cost me a lot of time. It was close in the petrol class so it cost us several spots for sure." "However, it doesn't really matter for a 10 hour race, and the race is what is important. We had a good car yesterday evening in the night session and I think the car will be very consistent, more so than other petrol cars. I think it's all about Greg having some fun in the race here, he can enjoy himself and then after that Lucas and I will go like hell and that's what we'll try to do."
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