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What the drivers said after Silverstone!

2 June 2013

Darren Turner, Aston Martin Racing, Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (PRO)

“Today, it was the first time we would do a full stint on a tank so we wanted to make sure it lasted. It was hard to keep up with Lucas (Ordonez) for the first ten laps because he was very fast. Then we started to get through the traffic but sometimes it was in his favour and sometimes in mine. A good job has been done this weekend, especially the people from the workshop back at the factory, and also to everyone who helped to put this race weekend together.”

Stéphane Ortelli , Belgian Audi Club Team Belgium, Audi R8 LMS ultra (PRO)

“For us it was a good race, I was really delighted by the fights we had, especially with our sister car. I have to thank all the team at WRT who all did a very good job again; I am very pleased about the result.”

Christopher Mies, Belgian Audi Club Team Belgium, Audi R8 LMS ultra (PRO)

“At the start, I was missing some power so I got stuck a little. By the time I managed to get through, the Nissan was already far away. But it is a good race for WRT because we are both on the podium and the third car is in the top 10 as well, even if I am not 100% happy because we have two other cars are in front of us.”

Peter Pyzera, Nissan GT Academy Team RJN, Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 (PRO-AM)

“ For me, it is always fantastic to drive a race car. I am always thinking about half a year ago when I was sitting on a train station and playing games. When I am in a racing car, competing with the fastest drivers thanks to the GT Academy and Nissan, I am very proud of myself and of my team and I want to continue like this for the next races.”

Mark Poole, Barwell Motorsport, Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (PRO-AM)

“We were not really sure what to expect as it was our first race in the Blancpain Endurance Series but we had a great car even if we could not really compete with the Nissan at the end of the day.  The drivers were quite like pros, so it was very good to compete but we are delighted with the result.”

Henry Hassid, TDS Racing, BMW Z4 (PRO-AM)

“ It is amazing to be on the podium today because we had to change our tyre after 5 laps and we were then in 55th position! But then, I brought the car back to ‘Ludo’ in 25th position, even if I don’t remember overtaking so many cars! So yes, this is beautiful for us and it is a race we will not forget too soon!”

Ahmad Al Harthy, ARC Bratislava, Porsche 997 GT3 R (Gentlemen)

“What a weekend! It feels so special to be here on the top step of the podium at Silverstone where I have raced so much in my career. I have lots of guests and friends here this weekend so it is extra special. The race was fantastic despite a real scare at Woodcote when I was on the grass and heading for the barrier in the late stages. But we got there and it is a fantastic result for the whole team.”

John Gaw, PGF Kinfaun AMR, Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (Gentlemen)

“ The race was really good. I had a great fight in the end, even if it was tough because of the traffic but I really enjoyed it! Obviously, this is fantastic weekend for Aston Martin as we came here this weekend to try and have a podium in all three classes and finally we are first in PRO, second in PRO AM and third in Gentlemen so it is terrific.”