Tough weekend for Young Driver AMR at Spa

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Young Driver AMR experienced a tough weekend at the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. After six hours of close racing, Marco Sørensen and Christoffer Nygaard finished sixth in their Aston Martin Racing entered Young Driver AMR-Aston Martin Vantage GTE in the GTE Pro class. The race at Spa brought not the result Young Driver AMR was looking for, but delivered valuable data for the next round, the 24h hours of Le Mans, where Young Driver AMR aims to repeat it’s class win.

After Sørensen/Nygaard qualified fifth, Sørensen took the start of the race and was fighting for a podium position, while he was in the car for a double stint. After two hours of driving, Nygaard took over for a double stint before handing the Aston Martin back to Sørensen for the final part of the race. After running as high as third in the opening stages of the race, the second part was more difficult and at the end, a tire gamble didn’t pay off. While the Young Driver AMR-Aston Martin was the car with the least amount of time lost during pit stops in it’s class, the team decided to double stint one set of tires at the end, but this didn’t pay off.

„It was not an easy race for us today“, Jan Struve of Young Driver AMR said. „It was a really exiting race with very close gaps and we were a bit unlucky. During practise it rained a lot and we were lacking running time in the dry to work on the set-up, but this was the same for everybody. Many of our competitors struggled today and made mistakes, but we were not able to take advantage out of this. But we also take many positives away from Spa. We made some significant improvements in certain areas, with improved pit stops being the most visible. We collected data in our preparation for Le Mans, which is the most important race of the season. Congratulations to our sister car of Aston Martin Racing, which won the class today.”

Source - Young Driver AMR
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