6 November 2016
ASTON MARTIN RACING WINS THIRD CONSECUTIVE GTE AM VICTORY
Aston Martin Racing has secured a third consecutive GTE Am victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship, as the team’s #98 V8 Vantage GTE stormed to the chequered flag at the 6 Hours of Shanghai.
After securing pole position in yesterday’s qualifying session, the trio of Paul Dalla Lana (C), Pedro Lamy (P) and Mathias Lauda (A) performed yet another faultless display to take their fifth victory of the season.
The result means the 98 team and drivers are now 25 points behind in the championship with a maximum 26 points remaining to be won at the final round in Bahrain in two weeks' time.
Aston Martin Racing continues to lead both the GTE Pro teams' and GT drivers' championships following a fourth place for the 95 car of Nicki Thiim and Marco Soresen. The team is also still in contention for the coveted GT Manufacturers' title, just ten points off the lead with 50 points available in Bahrain.
Paul Dalla Lana said: “That’s another fantastic result for us out here in Shanghai. They were tough conditions as the track and tyre degradation made it challenging to find the right rhythm, but I think we set the car up well to suit the longer runs. We wanted to take the fight to Bahrain and while there’s a big gap to the championship leaders, we still live to fight another day."
Nicki Thiim said: “That really went as planned. We mainly wanted to beat the #71 Ferrari and that’s what we did. It’s perfect for us in the GT drivers' championship going into the final round. It’s been an intense weekend and you definitely feel like the end is getting closer. This championship is just something special right now, but I am glad that it’s only two weeks to go until the next race as I just want to get back to it and fight hard for the title”.
Despite both the #95 and #98 entries making it through the start of the race safely, the incident at turn one proved to be costly for the #97 entry of Darren Turner (GB) and Richie Stanaway (NZ). After striking a spinning LMP2 in an unavoidable incident, the damage proved too extensive to return the car to the track in time to complete the required 70% race distance.
Paul Howarth, team principal Aston Martin Racing said following today’s result: “That was an absolutely outstanding result for the 98 car and for all the drivers. Now we’ve completed a hat trick of pole positions and wins, which to do so in the top level of GT racing is a superb achievement. We were very unfortunate at the start of the race for Richie to be caught in an incident but unfortunately that’s motorsport. We remain in contention for all of the GT titles going into Bahrain and the whole team is now looking forward to delivering the results we’ve working towards all year."
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