Aston Martin Dominate Qualifying

Making their debut in the FIA GT, Aston Martin dominated qualifying for tomorrow's 500km race at Silverstone, with the pair of David Brabham and Darren Turner leading a 1-2 finish in both qualifying sessions

Aston Martin Dominate Qualifying

Brabham, son of multiple F1 Champion Jack Brabham, set the fastest lap in the first qualifying sessions this morning with a time of 1:15.792 - half a second faster than Peter Kox, in the second Aston Martin.

The legendary British marque has entered the race as a 'testing ground' ahead of next month's Le Mans 24 Hours, and the team have made an immediate impression and look favourites to win tomorrow's race, which will run around the shorter Silverstone track layout.

According to the Sporting Regulations of the FIA GT Championship, however, Aston Martin will not be eligible for points, but they could still win the "Tourist Trophy", which celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Third fastest was the Maserati of Thomas Biagi and Fabio Babini - the latter was the last GT winner at Silverstone, when the series visited the circuit in 2002.

FIA GT Combined Qualifying Results - Silverstone

Pos Cl. Drivers Team Time Laps 1. 1 Brabham/Turner Aston Martin DBR9 1:15.792 48 2. 1 Kox/Lamy Aston Martin DBR9 1:16.329 + 0.537 46 3. 1 Babini/Biagi Maserati MC12 GT1 1:16.608 + 0.816 37 4. 1 Longin/Kumpen/H Corvette C5R 1:16.610 + 0.818 42 5. 1 Gardel/Gollin Ferrari 550 Maranello 1:16.650 + 0.858 47 6. 1 Bouchut/Fomenko Ferrari 550 Maranello 1:16.650 + 0.858 19 7. 1 Bartels/Scheide Maserati MC12 GT1 1:16.806 + 1.014 34 8. 1 Bertolini/Wendl Maserati MC12 GT1 1:17.102 + 1.310 50 9. 1 Peter/Buncombe/ Maserati MC12 GT1 1:17.251 + 1.459 49 10. 1 Deletraz/Piccin Ferrari 575 Maranello 1:17.601 + 1.809 42 11. 1 Ruberti/Camathi Saleen S7 R 1:17.638 + 1.846 38 12. 1 Melo/Belloc Ferrari 575 Maranello 1:18.204 + 2.412 40 13. 1 Keen/Halliday Lister Storm GT 1:18.465 + 2.673 45 14. 1 Ardizzone/Panza Saleen S7 R 1:20.548 + 4.756 42 15. 2 Lieb/Rockenfell Porsche 996 GT3 RSR 1:20.572 + 4.780 31 16. 2 Collard/Sugden Porsche 996 GT3 RSR 1:21.070 + 5.278 25 17. 2 Balfe/Derbyshir Mosler MT900R 1:21.152 + 5.360 31 18. 2 Tomlinson/Kane TVR T400 1:21.809 + 6.017 41 19. 2 Collins/Cunning Porsche 996 GT3 RSR 1:22.196 + 6.404 41 20. 2 Rosa/Drudi Ferrari 360 Modena 1:22.404 + 6.612 41 21. 2 Keen/Taylor Mosler MT900R 1:22.489 + 6.697 42 22. 2 Nielsen/Ehret Porsche 996 GT3 RSR 1:22.728 + 6.936 27 23. 2 Whight/Whight/K Mosler MT900R 1:23.411 + 7.619 49 24. 2 Eriksson/MacAri Ferrari 360 Modena 1:24.401 + 8.609 40 25. 2 Ried/Ried Porsche 996 GT3 RSR 1:24.530 + 8.738 48 26. 2 Vonka/Casadei 1:25.991 + 10.199 17 
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