Young Driver AMR bosses unimpressed with manner of Spa exit

Monday, May 09, 2016

Team bosses within the Young Driver AMR #95 car entry have been somewhat critical of the manner in which their Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GTE was 'removed' from the 6Hrs of Spa race at the weekend.

Having started a lowly sixth in class the #95 'Dane Train', started by Marco Sorensen quickly recovered a couple of places during the opening hour before he handed the car over (as scheduled) to Nicki Thiim. Half way through his stint the #38 G Drive LMP2 car driven by Simon Dolan launched an optimistic move up the inside of the #95 coming out of turn 15 and into turn 16 (Courbe Paul Frere).

The resulting contact with the inside rear wheel of the #95 pushed it into a spin that would see it rear end into the outside tyre wall before rolling 360deg to land upright on what was left of its four wheels. Fortunately Thiim was able to remove himself from the car unaided and walk away.

In the teams media briefing listed today Jan Struve writes somewhat critically that a 'guest' entry into the Spa round of the WEC ended what was for them a potential podium earning position.

"The most important thing is that Nicki was unhurt after a LMP2 competitor made contact with our car" Struve said, "Just before the 24 Hours of Le Mans, adrenaline is high with many drivers, which could be seen in many contacts during the race. It’s a shame that a guest entry in the WEC ended our race early. Nevertheless this race was an important part of our preparation for the 24 hours of Le Mans in June. The team did a great job and our pit worked was as excellent as in Silverstone. The podium finish of our #97 sister car showed we also had the chance to finish in the top three"

The team will now focus on preparing themselves and their car for the Le Mans Official Test Day on 5th June ready for the main event over the weekend of the 18/19th June.

Photo credits - AMR / R Leach

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