Le Mans: Aston Martin Takes GTE-Pro Class Pole, Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) #2
Darren Turner gave Aston Martin Racing GTE-Pro class Pole for 24 Hours of Le Mans Thursday night with a record-setting time for a GTE car in the Circuit de la Sarthe’s current configuration.
Mr. Turner’s lap of 3:50.837 in the No. 95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE was 0.191 faster than James Calado’s No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE and 1.3 secs under Dirk Mueller’s 3:51.185 benchmark from Y 2016.
The British manufacturer’s 1st GTE-Pro pole at Le Mans since Y 2015 was made sweeter as Richie Stanaway took 3rd in the No. 97 Aston Martin, just 1/100th sec behind Mr. Calado in the Ferrari.
Sam Bird improved to 4th in the closing stages in the 2nd AF Corse Ferrari, surpassing Ryan Briscoe in the No. 69 Ford GT and Antonio Garcia’s No. 64 Corvette Racing C7.R.
On its 1st outing at Le Mans, the best of the mid-rear engine Porsche 911 RSR GTEs came 7th with Michael Christensen at the wheel.
Defending event winners Mueller and Joey Hand could only do 12th in the No. 68 Ford alongside rookie Tony Kanaan, with 1.7 secs separating the entire class down to 13th placed Fred Makowiecki in the 2nd Porsche.
In GTE-Am, Fernando Rees showed Larbre Competition’s test day form was no fluke as he took the French team’s Corvette C7.R to pole position in GTE-Am.
It was the team’s 1st Le Mans class Pole since Y 2007 with an Aston Martin DBR9 in the GT1 class.
Mr. Rees was just 0.3 seconds slower than Makowiecki’s GTE-Pro car and the same margin clear of Pedro Lamy’s No. 98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage.
Townsend Bell ended the session 3rd in the No. 62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GTE, while Matteo Cairoli made it 4 different manufacturers in the Top 4 positions in the older-generation Porsche 911 RSR GTE entered by Dempsey-Proton Racing.
The next opportunity teams will have to hit the track will come Saturday morning with a 45-min warm-up session, before the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans at 3:00p local time and 9:00a EDT.
FOX Sports and Radio Le Mans will offer live coverage throughout the race.
FOX Sports 24 Hours of Le Mans schedule
Note: all times EDT and subject to change
- June 17 – FS1 8:30a to 10:00a
- June 18 – FS2 1:00a to 1:00a
- June 18 – FS1 1:00a to 9:30a
The entire race will be streamed live on FOX Sports GO
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