LMES – Silverstone 1000 Kms – Friday Session 2
Brighter – And Fiery
The second session
began beneath brighter skies with a series of good fast laps for
Shimoda aboard the #15 Zytek, a 1:38.382 enough to fend off the
efforts of the Creation DBA and Oreca Audi at the 15 minute mark.
was getting up to speed and as the halfway point approached was
second fastest - not for long though as the Creation DBA grabbed
fastest time so far with 32 minutes to run, a 1:38.189, still a
couple of tenths shy of the first session’s mark.
10 minutes to
go though and it was the Pescarolo that topped the timesheet, a
1:37.874 the fastest of the meeting so far. It would stand at the
top of the timesheets at the end of the session
Neither of the
Rollcentre Dallaras ventured out during the session – repairs
still underway after 9am dramas.
In LMP2 Sam
Hancock was putting smiles on Binnie Motorsport faces, up to 6th
overall in the #41 car, ahead of the Lister, and almost two seconds
clear of the RML MG Lola - before Erdos began to close the gap,
eventually overhauling Hancock’s mark and breaking the 1:41
barrier. RML were testing tyre options for much of the session.
Bob Berridge was also closing in for a Lola 1,2,3 at the halfway
point in the session, 6th, 7th and 8th overall. It stayed that way
too, the three cars ending the session separated by just three tenths
of a second. The fourth B05/40 (the Horag Lista car) was in the
midst of an engine change and did not feature in the session.
Ah, not an engine
change - rather, a flywheel change. "A nut got caught in the
flywheel somehow, and bent the teeth and the crank trigger,"
explains John Judd Jnr. "It had us really confused for a while."
The #37 Belmondo
Courage’s dramas became rather more dramatic between sessions
after a fire in the garage left a team mechanic with burns which
required hospital treatment (see below): the Silverstone circuit
air ambulance was swiftly brought into action to ferry the unfortunate
victim away to hospital.
GT1 was a close battle between the BMS and Menx Ferraris and the
Convers Team Aston Martin, the BMS pair making most of the early
running - before Peter Kox in the MenX car leapfrogged them to lead
the group with 30 minutes of the session to run. The Aston reappeared
midway through the session to post third fastest time, with the
#61 Ferrari and the A-Level Porsche also joining in the fun and
getting quicker throughout the period.
The early pacesetter
in GT2 was the Autorlando Porsche, well clear of the GPC Ferrari
360 and #90 Sebah Porsche, by the half hour mark though the Noble
Group / GruppeM #86 Porsche was third quickest, until it was bettered
by a full second by the lead #88 GruppeM car late in the session,
with the Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari also leapfrogging the #86 Porsche
in the last few minutes.
The #88 GruppeM
Porsche was in a spot of bother with its ECU, Adan Deborre using
this (dsc) laptop to download the latest software direct from Porsche
– “and the diff. has tightened up”.
was very pleased with that Scuderia Ecosse time from the first session:
“I think it will go considerably faster. We were running half
a tank of fuel, and there was oil down at Luffield. I think we can
do a low 1:51. We’re running the same construction tyres that
we finished Monza with, but slightly softer.”
caught up with Marc Lieb or Sebah yet – but Michael Cotton
has. Marc is getting married next week (same day as Guy Smith –
must be a quiet GT weekend everywhere), and is expecting to be a
father next month. The personable Le Mans GT2 winner is going to
continue with his engineering studies at Stuttgart University in
October, so don’t expect a full season from him next year.
charger in GT2, Allan Simonsen: “The (James Watt Automotive)
car is about four seconds or so off the pace of the latest Porsches,
but it’s a good car, very driveable. I was pushing quite hard
in the first session, but at a level where I felt very comfortable.
I was passing quite a lot of other Porsches – but we’re
probably 50 bhp down, maybe 30 kg overweight, and we haven’t
got a sequential gearbox. But I think I’ve put a smile on
the mechanics’ faces.”
The James Watt
car improved a place to eighth in the second session.
So where is
Dana Brewer, Graham Nash? “I spoke to him last night, but
he’s not here today. In all my years of doing this, I’ve
never known a driver not turn up. We’re re-grouping at the
moment.” The Saleen has yet to go out and practice today…
Back to the
prototypes – and the two Zyteks. Sam Hignett: “We only
did out laps in the first session, because the vibration was so
bad. We’ve taken a lot of part soff the car, and are putting
them back on one by one, trying to identify what the cause was.
It’s going much better now.” Kurosawa set the ninth
best time – behind the three top LMP2s, all Lolas.
“It’s my first time on the Grand Prix track, but now
I’m getting used to it, and have just set a 1:38.3. Everything
is getting better. Try for pole? - of course I will.” Chilton,
Tampolli won’t be going for pole, of course, but al three
drivers are getting laps in, Del Delaronde running at “about
seven-tenths, Eddy Morris is settling in well though.”
commented on the traffic, in particular the way the LMP1s come blasting
past. LMP2s too, presumably.
– what a Spanish charmer. A quick lady too.
it’s my first time in a prototype, and I haven’t raced
anything for a year. I am learning the track and the car.”
Rather well, one assumes, with a best lap of 1:48.3 so far, in the
driving this car – but I used to love driving the Marcos LM600
too. They are very, very different of course.”
So what happened
in the Belmondo garage, Adam Sharpe? “We had problems with
the electrical system in the first session, so between the sessions,
the mechanics were working on that, and the fuel system, and the
rear suspension. One of the mechanics had his head right by the
tank when it went bang. It was a big explosion, and he’s lost
his hair and has third degree burns on his arm and shoulder.
have a spare fuel cell, so that’s gone off to ATL to be repaired
– and we hope to qualify this evening."
to the poor mechanic, who was taken to hospital by air ambulance.
Britcar 24 pit-runner (Sam Hignett) passes on the news that he and
John Stack have just sold their Honda Integra, to Austin Reynolds
and Nick Padmore, who will race it in the 24 hour race here next
now, the Pescarolo is running in the same aero configuration as
at Monza ie. No fences on the rear wing. “We have tried different
aero solutions since Le Mans, and this works best on this circuit
(as well as at Monza),” commented the team owner.