Karl Wendlinger and Ryan Sharp were unable to challenge for a place on the podium at Nogaro as they took fifth place in the latest FIA GT Championship round in France.

The pair started from seventh on the grid at the wheel of the Jetalliance Racing Aston Martin DBR9 but was unable to make much of an impression on the cars ahead during the race.

Running sixth in the closing stages, the duo took advantage of a tyre failure for Andrea Bertolini but Wendlinger admitted the pace in the car hadn't been there.

"Our main problem this weekend was that we never got the tyres to work properly with our setup," he said. "I already felt that in yesterday's qualifying, and today it was no different over the race distance. It has been a very difficult race."

The sister car failed to take the start after a heavy accident for Jiri Janak, with question marks now existing over whether or not the car will fixed in time for the next race at Zolder.

"We're going to analyse in detail how badly damaged the #36 really is over the next few days," team manager Georg Silbermayr said. "At first glance, it really doesn't look good. That's why there's also a big question mark over running the car at the next event."



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