Mucke secures pole in FIA GT World Cup

Friday, November 20, 2015

Aston Martin Racing factory driver Stefan Mucke today secured pole position for the inaugural FIA GT World Cup at the Macau Grand Prix.

Representing the marque with customer team Craft Bamboo Racing the German joined team regulars Darryl O'Young (#55) and Richard Lyons (#99) with their vibrantly liveried V12 Vantage GT3's in the FIA's event designed to showcase everything that is best about GT racing.

The Hong Kong based CBR team quickly found pace and rhythm during the Free Practice sessions with Darry O'Young (2015 GT Asia Champion) heading the AMR trio in fourth behind the then domineering Mercedes with Mucke and Lyons behind in sixth and tenth places respectively. Come the second Free Practice session the #97 car of Stefan Mucke then turn the table to become the fastest car on the tight and twisty street circuit with O'Young down in sixth biy only a half second slower.

During a dramatic and red flag marred Qualifying session earlier this morning a flying Mucke left it until after the third crash induced red flag period to elevate himself from a still credible fourth up to clinch a dramatic last minute pole potion, beating the new Audi R8 of Edoardo Mortara by nearly a tenth of second (2:18:032).

Team mates O'Young also went on to secure sixth (2:19:427) and Lyons just behind in seventh (2:19:637) for the twelve lap Qualification Race on Saturday which will also determine the starting positions for the 18 lap Feature Race on Sunday.

Stefan Mücke

I am very happy. Craft Bamboo gave me an amazing car today. It’s my second time here, but the first time my race ended after one lap. I’m finding the track rhythm and it’s just a great feeling. During the first practice session I was learning. In the second I found the rhythm and we thought it was possible to be in the top 4. Then the qualifications started, and when we saw that Mercedes was very strong in the first couple of laps we knew it would be tough, especially as our tyres were not working well at the beginning. So we made some adjustments to the pressures and suddenly we could switch them on. But we got 2 red flags, and then came the right moment: one last clear lap, everything perfect, so I’m really happy.

Full live timing and streaming for both races can be found HERE

Photo credits/extracts - FIA GT / Craft Bamboo Racing
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