LMES – Monza – Sunday Morning
Audi Sport UK
Team Veloqx has RaceMet on hand here (and at Le Mans and the other
LMES races), giving the team very precise details regarding the
weather in this area. On Friday, the prediction for when the first
rain drops would fall were uncannily accurate, as was the duration
of the storm. Yesterday afternoon, there were two thunder cells
in this region, one 20 miles away, the other 16 – but the
forecast was that they were fairly static, and wouldn’t encroach
upon Monza. They didn’t.
to shoot anyone who knew today’s forecast details –
but Gabriele Tosi says that the forecast on Italian TV this morning
was for the possibility of showers this morning… although
it doesn’t look like it as the warm up gets under way. It’s
dry and bright.
The Audi experts
here tells us that this is the 50th race for the Audi R8s, and the
model has so far won 39 out of 49. A fascinating statistic, and
the laws of probability would suggest that one of the three will
make it 40 out of 50 by late this afternoon. John Hindhaugh will
appreciate this information – as we appreciated learning from
him that an R8 has never suffered an engine failure, since it made
its debut in 2000. Did one of the R8Rs suffer an engine failure
– or an R8C? We can’t remember one.
Unless the warm
up throws up some unusual activity, the next you’ll hear from
us will be the result at the end of the race: Gabriele is going
to be out and about during the 1000 Kms, and there will be too much
action going on to try and keep you up to date, and follow it all
too, in the four classes. A full report will be posted before the
Ed. leaves the media centre.
and Don Panoz were interested observers yesterday. “Success
here begets success for us in the ALMS,” commented Panoz CEO
Scott Atherton. “Manufacturers will see a larger market place
It was a very
smooth entry to the circuit this morning: it remains to be seen
what sort of a crowd will gather here. Apparently the Italians came
to the Super Racing Weekend to see the Alfa Romeos in the ETCC,
rather than the 550s and 575s in the FIA GT race. Oh well. Gallic
sort of shrugs….
(below) are from Saturday afternoon: RML in trouble, a puncture
for Cirtek, driver change practice for the Zytek factory crew, the
Goh Audi men doing the same, and Ranieri Randaccio (in the brown
jacket) with his Tampolli.
tells us that the Vitaphone Saleen is in engine trouble this morning,
but the MAC Viper is fine after its Saturday morning accident.
add... the Saleen had an oil leak, but it has been fixed. The off
again on again Taurus Lola Judd is now a non starter: the team found
they had inadequate parts to repair the gearbox the second time.
The Pilbeam had an engine change after the warm up, but that looks
as though it will be completed on time.
is full of confidence in the Chamberlain-Synergy TVR. "There's
so much more development to come. This car could be unbelievably
good. I set the qualifying time at a stage when we were short of
straight line speed, and on the oil too... I was delayed on my best
lap by... an Audi (passing me)."
the other TVR, John Hartshorne was sure that "we can get closer
to the Synergy TVR, but it's not the car that needs to get better,
it's us, the drivers." This team is thoroughly enjoying its
collective first visit to Monza.
Some say it
will rain, some say it won't, but the best estimate is that it probably