Rees has competed since 2010 with Larbre Competition in GTE Am, making the jump this year to the factory Aston Martin pro team. The 29-year old Brazilian ran well during practice but was a little off the pace in qualifying.
“The changeable weather created sort of a gambling situation at the start of the session. And we decided not to gamble in our car and to just follow our plan. Some people that gambled had a better result. But you never know. But fifth does not reflect out true pace for tomorrow. It’s a long race. It doesn’t really matter if you start second or fifth. It’s a matter of starting safely the first couple of corners, catching everyone, and trying to recover the time we lost.”
Making sure Aston Martin is on top at the end of the season
“With now one race after another, basically we have to work them one-by-one. We can’t lose any points. It’s better to come in second than spin and lose points. These next couple of races it’s important to be always scoring, getting top positions and making sure that you never ever get a DNF. You just take it race by race and realize that it’s a 6-hour race and that this six hours is as important as the next 6 hours until the end. It’s a 30-hour race in total.”
Is sports car racing your career track at this point?
“I’ve been doing endurance racing at this level since 2007. It’s the right place and where I want to be. I’m still learning every day and that gives me the motivation to keep going. My goal is to keep getting better every day as a driver.”