Aston Martin Racing triumphed in Texas as Canadian Paul Dalla Lana and team mates Pedro Lamy from Portugal and Austrian Mathias Lauda claimed the GTE Am victory in the Six Hours of Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. After starting from pole position their second win of the 2017 season ensured that the trio of drivers maximised their points haul for the weekend and regained the lead in both the team and drivers GT Am championships.
After an early spin following contact from a rival cost Dalla Lana the lead, they fought back and won the race. A safety car session, to repair the barrier following a crash at the halfway mark, offered the No. 98 V8 Vantage GTE an opportunity to close the deficit to the leaders and in the final hour, Lamy made a move up the inside of turn one to reclaim first place.
“This was a special race and the perfect weekend,” said Lamy. “The heat was really intense inside the car but we were fighting so hard for the victory you just completely forget that. We had good pace throughout the race and the safety car helped to bring us back into contention. I knew I was going to have to make the move out on track and I managed to keep my move into the first corner nice and clean. It’s so good that we’ve made it back in the lead for the championship and we just need to keep these performances up for the rest of the season. I can’t wait now to get back to Fuji in four weeks’ time”.
“This has been a fantastic result in extremely testing conditions for Paul, Pedro and Mat,” said Paul Howarth, Aston Martin Racing Team Principal. “To be back in the lead of the GTE Am championship after a difficult Le Mans shows the consistency they’ve had throughout the rest of the season and we’ll be looking to provide them with the opportunity to seal that championship win over the final three rounds of this championship. This is the final time that we will race here at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. It has been a fantastic track for us over the past years and thank you to all the fans who’ve joined us here this weekend. We hope many of them can join us in Sebring for next year’s WEC super-season”.
In GTE Pro, the No. 95 Aston Martin of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen and the No. 97 of Daniel Serra, Darren Turner and Jonny Adam finished 4th and 5th respectively. Aston Martin Racing returns to the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) for the 6 Hours of Fuji on Sunday October 15, 2017 at the Fuji Speedway in Japan.