Qual 2nd/6th – 8th/14th
Finished 6th/5th – 13th/10th
Archie and fellow Autorlando driver Marco Mapelli claimed three points from a fifth place finish in race two at the German event in the International GT Open calendar. Despite a second place start, being subject to the maximum success penalty from the previous success, the pairing struggled to make an impact in the first race, but the points salvaged in race two keep their championship title in sight.
After a very successful practice on Friday with the team topping the timing sheets in both sessions, qualifying didn’t go to plan with a sudden rise in track temperature significantly affecting the handling of the Porsche 997 GT3 R for Archie’s stint. In the earlier, cooler, session, Marco Mapelli qualified second in GTS, while Archie could only manage a sixth with the changed conditions.
Marco started the race from second, but dropped to fifth on the opening lap. During his 18 lap stint, he managed to work his way back up to second, and fifth overall, before handing the car over to Archie. A mistake during the stop led to Archie being released before his mandatory stop time so, despite only losing two places because of the 25 second success penalty, a further 20 second penalty relegated the pairing to sixth and 13th overall on which Archie could not improve before the chequered flag after 34 laps.
Archie took the start in the second race two held today from sixth in GTS on the grid and 14th overall. Archie couldn’t find the pace to overtake during his stint and handed over to Marco at the mid-way point. The success penalty was less today with ten seconds added to the pit-stop. After all the stops had been made Marco was seventh in class and 12th overall. Slight progress was made with two places gained at the end of the race and the pairing finished fifth in GTS and 10th overall, picking up a valuable three points.
Archie and Marco are now second in International GT Open GTS with 21 points.
“It’s been a frustrating weekend with things like the success penalty really hurting us – but that will even itself out over the season. We will have a much shorter penalty going into Spa. I’ve got experience there and love the track so I’m optimistic that we’ll be back on the podium then.”
Archie next races in the Aston Martin Racing Festival 2012 race supporting the Le Mans 24 Hours on 16th June. His next International GT Open event is at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium on 24th June.