Team Modena's Aston took GT1 pole for today's 1000km LMS race at Spa today
Antonio Garcia put the Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9 firmly on pole position for today’s 1000km Le Mans Series race at Spa, Belgium, today, the Spaniard doing just two flying laps in the 20-minute session – both quick enough to put the car at the head of the LM GT1 field. Under a blazing Belgian sun, the team sent Antonio out with 10-minutes of the session left, and he demonstrated the current form of the team and the car by recording their second pole position in this season’s three LMS races to date.
“So far so good,” said Team Principal Graham Schultz, “we have had a few gearbox issues which the team overcame very well, and we had a good straightforward qualifying run.”
The team were second quickest LM GT1 car in Friday’s first Free Practice session, but then missed the second session after a gearbox problem. With the car back on song for this morning’s one hour session, Team Modena were quickest in class, setting Antonio up for his qualifying run, which saw him 25th quickest overall.
“The car looks good for tomorrow,” said Antonio. “We look to have a really good race set-up, everything has gone well other than the gearbox problem that meant we missed some time yesterday. The base set-up is good and the car is running perfectly, and even though we missed time yesterday we are able to run quickly. There is maybe more to come from the car for the race, and it will be along hot race tomorrow.”
Today’s 1000km race is scheduled to start at 12.50 local time, with a maximum of six-hours duration.