26 November 2005
Bahrain 2005: Maiden win for Russian Age Racing.
After only just missing out on the win in Dubai, Russian Age Racing, running under the colours of Middle East Aston Martin, claimed their first-ever win Friday in the final round of the FIA GT championship at the Bahrain International Circuit.
The Aston Martin DBR9, driven by Christophe Bouchut and his new team-mate Antonio Garcia, put in a dominant performance, leading for most of the three-hour race and finishing ahead of the #16 JMB Maserati, and the GLPK Carsport Corvette.
Bouchut finally put his bad luck aside and after three other poles, finally converted his Bahrain one to take the win, helped admirably by his new team-mate, Antonio Garcia.
The duo put in a faultless performance, taking the lead at the start, pulling away and only briefly dropping back during the pit stops. Despite his limited time in the car, Garcia pulled away from Philipp Peter during his time on the track, and was frequently the fastest man on the track. He was therefore able to hand over to Bouchut with a healthy lead, which the Frenchman held until the end.
"It's a wonderful day for sure," Bouchut said. "Today, I would like to congratulate all my team, all the mechanics, who did a very good job, and also Antonio. Of course, thanks to Aston Martin Middle East, without whom it would have been impossible to be here. And a special thanks for Rob [Schirle - Russian Age Racing's team manager]. This result is unbelievable."
Garcia was also delighted with his win, his first in the FIA GT Championship since the 2001 Proximus 24 Hours of Spa, in the N-GT category.
"It was nice to back in a GT car. I missed this kind of racing, as they are really good cars and good races," he added. "It was a perfect weekend, it couldn't have been better, and I'd like to thank everyone involved."
Philipp Peter and Jamie Davies took a fine second place in the #16 JMB Racing Maserati MC 12, after chasing the Russian Age Racing Aston Martin for much of the three-hour eleventh round of the Championship.
Without penalty weight, and with a strong line-up, the car finished 26 seconds behind the leading Aston Martin, and over a minute ahead of the third-placed GLPK Carsport Corvette. This equalled the Austrian driver's best result of the season, having also finished second in the Proximus 24 Hours of Spa, with Karl Wendlinger and Andrea Bertolini.
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