Mans Test Day – Sunday Report 3
Clearer, perhaps, that our guesstimate of under 3:30 for best time of
the day was wide of the mark. Clearer that with the word “kerb” used
on the timing screen when a driver receives a black flag that we are
talking bits of painted stone, not white line.
isn’t here this weekend, and Mike Petersen is the third
driver in the Petersen / Job Porsche. That one is fastest at
lunchtime in GT, but it’s currently in its garage: Petersen
went off at the Porsche Curves, and although the damage seemed
substantial, the team are looking to get it out again this
afternoon. After four hours, the top ten in GT read:
#93 Job / Petersen 4:11.328
#81 Racers Group 4:12.638
#87 Orbit 4:14.424
#78 PK Sport 4:16.545
#94 Risi 4:16.870
#85 Spyker 4:18.978
#70 JMB Ferrari 4:19.311
#75 Perspective 4:19.490
#83 Seikel 4:20.197
#95 Risi 4:20.540.
two, three and four at the moment, Ferraris fifth, seventh
and tenth. The ninth placed Seikel crew were happy, David Shep
and Tony Burgess confirming how stiff and stable their 2003
chassis is. Orbit are going exactly to plan, Marc Lieb third
fastest on his first racing visit to the track, and likely
to go quicker this afternoon.
happens if one or two of the slow prototypes are stuck outside
four minutes, say – or a car completes very few laps?
If none of the three drivers in any particular car can lap
within 110% of the fastest time of the day, will the ACO invite
it to the race? No, we believe 110% isn’t used as a guide
or measurement in any formal way, but rather the selection
committee will finally draw up a list of 50 runners next month
based on a more general appreciation of each car’s performance
on this day. No, wrong again. The 50 already invited
are the 50 who will be at the race: the ACO don't change their
list of runners will be known at 19.00 French time this evening….
the car dipped under four minutes just before the lunch break,
but the only technical problem was with the ACO transponder.
That prevented the black LMP from going out for a while, restricting
it to 24 laps.
(below, the Willman / JPX engine, complete with International
Engine Services sticker) and the Intersport MG-Lola completed
fewest laps of all, seven and two.
is back out this afternoon, the engine change “completed
well before one o’clock,” said the relaxed Team
Manager (Clint Field).
The GNM Saleen
(#64) that stopped out on the track at Mulsanne Corner is having
engine work done to it – both cylinder heads currently
not attached to the block.
it's hot, too hot for really fast laps. Who will go for it
sometime after 17.30? Not many, we'd guess.
Racing plan - to see if they've worked through all their programme
and if the weather is cooler before deciding to go for a real
time - is typical of many. We'd like to see a 550 / Corvette
thrash for best in GTS, these two rivals having had similar
sorts of days: a valve spring went in #50's engine before the
lunch break, paralleling the #88 Ferrari engine failure.
like to see the Bentleys go for it too. They can't be fast
enough by enough to satisfy Tom Kristensen at the moment (3:38.1,
a second ahead of the fastest Audi, #10).