At the premiere of the brand-new Vantage GT4 in the GT4 European Series, PROpeak Performance clinched the best finish of the seven Aston Martin in both races at the first round of the season in Monza, Italy. However, the team from Wiesemscheid near the Nürburgring, Germany, missed a top ten position finishing on eleventh place, although in the meantime a fifth spot was quite within reach.
Team Manager Steve Buschmann: “It has been a difficult weekend with a lot of rain, which has demanded a lot from the drivers and the team. After all, we have reached our minimum goal of being twice best Aston Martin. For the second round on the first weekend of May in Brands Hatch we take valuable findings.”
Florian Thoma (Switzerland) and Akhil Rabindra (India) were able to score points finishing 13th and 11th with the striking orange-black #18 Vantage. With ten points, the two share the eighth place in the Silver Cup.
For Jérémy Sarhy, the first race on Saturday was over after just one lap. The Frenchman couldn´t avoid to hit a car that went cross in front of him, so that the frontend of the Vantage was massively damaged. With combined effort and exemplary support from Aston Martin Racing (AMR) and AMR Account Manager Andrew Dean, the Vantage was prepared in a night shift for the Sunday race. The white-black #19 Vantage and David Griessner braved the floods, in fifth position the Austrian handed over to Sarhy. But the Frenchman had no luck again, because suddenly radio and windshield wipers were striking and an additional pit stop destroyed any chance of a good finish.
Florian Thoma (#18): “The team did a great job and brought us forward with two very good pitstops. I also had an aha moment when I was pushed into the gravel and against the wall in the first lap and lost eight places. Nevertheless, we have twice been the best Aston Martin.”
Akhil Rabindra (#18): “We had a hard time in qualifying and in the races, especially in the second race conditions were very difficult. It was all the more important to finish. We were rewarded with points twice for that.”
Jérémy Sarhy (#19): “The crash in the first race was unfortunately unavoidable. Thanks to our team for repairing our Vantage so well. In the second race it could have been a very good result for us, if bad luck would not have hit us again.”
David Griessner (#19): “My personal highlight was my eighth time in my qualifying session. We had not expected that. In the pouring rain on Sunday it was really hard, the better I felt when I handed over the car in fifth position.”
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