LMES - Nurburgring 1000 Kms - First Qualifying Report
What An Eifel Day
A busy old day
in the Eifel Mountains, with three sessions, the last of which at
15.20 this afternoon seemed to sum up the day. The track was dry
as the session began, but there was already a spattering of moisture
in the air: basically, if you didn’t get a lap in in the first
few minutes, you didn’t get a quick lap in at all. Major suffererer
was the Pescarolo entry, which only went out when the track was
very wet, the rain having come down in torrents. The session then
ended in bright sunshine, and the Belcar boys have been busily drying
out the track….
was fastest of all - "The track was very 'tricky' but I managed
to achieve a good lap" - his 1:47.009 taking provisional pole
by 1.4 seconds, from Seiji Ara, with Pierre Kaffer another four
tenths back - "I was held up by a slower car" - then Tommy
Erdos fourth in the RML Lola, on vitually a 1:50 dead. “I’m
very happy: we got lucky and I put a lap on the board. We made a
change to the rear end set-up after the morning session, and the
car feels really nice. You could say our timing was lucky, but you
make your own luck. The team made the right call and that gave me
the chance to set the time.”
was the class of LMP2, fifth fastest overall, with Michael Bartels
sealing the head of a another session for the Vitaphone Saleen –
but Mike Hezemans was second quickest, showing what commitment can
do, when time is of the essence.
GT was Adam
Jones for Cirtek, then the Rockenfeller Porsche (listed as Thorkild
Thyrring at the wheel) and Ortelli. In the very wettest conditions,
Mike Jordan was fastest in GT in the JWR Porsche: “I don’t
know why a lot of them take shelter when it’s like this. After
all, it might be like it in the race. In fact, I hope it is, because
although we may not have ultimately the quickest car in the dry,
we’ve got a car that works very well in all conditions. In
fact, I wouldn’t mind if it pours down all day and all evening
“bit of fun” included chasing after Ortelli in the wet,
and passing him.” Liddell likes the wet too.
A Renauer moment
(this team is hoping for better weather tomorrow): The team was
not entirely happy with its first qualifying session. "We had
our fastest lap disallowed for speeding on pit lane", says
driver Hannes Gsell. They are hoping for dry weather for tomorrow.
Manfred Jurasz: "There were so many puddles on the track now,
we don't need that in the race."
were lots of opportunities to have an accident out there,”
summed up Martin Short. Fortunately he didn’t, and although
he’s hobbling (after the Le Mans accident), he’s fit
had a moment in the wet, damaging the left front of the no.8 R8,
but only bodywork. We haven’t properly caught up with the
Audi drivers yet – but it has been a busy old day. Sphincters
here are getting ready for a lap of the Nordschleife, care of Wolfgang
Kaufmann – who has a gleam in his eye. ‘His’ Porsche
turbo has water in its oil though, hence no time this afternoon.
The Larbre Ferrari missed the opening dry minutes, so currently
lines up seventh in GTS. The electronic readout on Christophe Bouchut's
dashboard was not working correctly so he returned to the pits for
it to be fixed. By the time this was done, the rain had set in.
"For us, qualifying will definitely be tomorrow.”