LMES – Monza – Friday Morning Pre Track Action
The track is
about to open for the LMES field as this is completed, but catching
up with some of the pre-event news…
Five of Gabriele
Rafanelli’s mechanics are helping the Spinnaker Dallara team
here. “Yes, it’s OK to say that they will be helping
at Le Mans too – I’m sure they will,” said the
been offered another programme here this morning,” commented
Rafanelli, “but it’s the sponsorship, I don’t
have the sponsorship.”
then to those teams which are here, with their supportive sponsors.
One good example would be X-Markets Deutsche Bank, on the Rollcentre
Dallara. Rob Barff is relaxed, despite “having my Audi A2
vandalised – no, not here, at home. My girlfriend called me
to tell me the news. Great. But having called the AA out, they said
call Audi Assist, as the car is less than three years old. Audi
were brilliant – they had a courtesy car out straight away,
and took mine away. It was really only a slashed tyre. Odd, because
a mate had all four slashed a couple of weeks ago.”
It was a late
night for the GNM crew. Matrix – Dave Benbow and Kevin Dyer
– follow the FIA GT Championship around the continent, repairing
carbon parts. They repaired the GNM Saleen floor at Magny-Cours
anyway, but race adventures meant another repair here, the team
receiving the floor this morning. “Other repairs” from
Magny-Cours filled their time last night, but the car is ready to
go this morning.
at Nasamax has an air of confidence about him these days. Ricardo
has been developing new parts for the diff. of the Nasamax since
the Le Mans Test Day, but the first session will be “just
track learning. We’re very happy with where we are with the
aero balance of the car, but we are still working on the balance
of the revised chassis. It’s not the weight of the plank (24kg)
as much as the way it moves the whole mass upwards by 20mm. Robbie
hasn’t driven here before, so he’ll be finding his way
around to start with."
will be doing the same in the Sebah Porsche, but he loved the feel
of the place after walking the track yesterday.
action is underway. The first significant lap is a 1:45 from Minassian
in the Creation DBA - then this car and the Goh Audi in the 1:42s.