LMES – Silverstone 1000 Kms – Pre-Race
Wet Then Dry?
The rain came
at approximately 13.00 and it’s supposed to last for three
hours: the 1000 Km starts at 16.00.
So will the
rain suit you, Allan McNish?
definitely. But that adds to the risk of being taken out by someone.
There are some interesting drivers out there… We were quick
in the wet last year, we were quick in the wet at Le Mans –
but remember what happened to Dind at the ‘Ring last year.”
What was that
speed all about last night?
mainly down to the wind dropping: the Audi is very sensitive to
wind, and in the morning it was coming from the direction of Stowe
School, the it changed during the day, then dropped at night. The
wind was giving us understeer in some corners, oversteer in others.”
very tough now on straightline speed. If we don’t pass a Porsche
into Stowe we can lose a second and a half there – which makes
it so important to pass people before the corners – but we’re
down on top speed….”
In other news….
The Paul Belmondo
Racing team apparently has a lot to thank one of the smallest teams
on the grid for – yesterday’s pit garage fire was actually
initially fought by several of the Tracsport team members from the
adjoining garage: as the Belmondo team fled the garage in the face
of a substantial fire they were passed in the opposite direction
by the Tracsport pit crew, who brought the fire under immediate
glumly revealed that the Tech9 Porsche had missed the qualifying
session this morning, a stub axle breaking just as the wheels were
put onto the car as the GT session loomed – “By the
time we could fix it (which required a new upright) the session
was over”. The car will start from the back of the grid.
From the same
pit garage, the James Watt Automotive Porsche will see Allan Simonsen
starting the race, the young Dane thrilled with his qualifying effort,
just a tenth down on the #88 GruppeM Porsche.
was delighted with teammate Marc Hynes’ qualifying effort
aboard the #82 team LNT TVR. “Very pleased with that, and
on his first lap too. It’s good to get one over on the other
car from time to time.”
was busy in the Binnie Motorsport pit making preparations for the
race ahead. “The car is very different from the other LMP2
cars I’ve driven, a different engine and different (Pirelli)
tyres too. It has been very quick so far though: despite the fact
that I pitted with what I thought was a major oversteer problem,
we set second fastest time. We changed a tracking arm that could
have caused the problem but if that doesn’t solve it we’ll
still have some pace.”
was “Not very pleased with qualifying, we went in the wrong
direction with set up and have gone back where we started from on
Thursday. If it rains we’ll still be in good shape as we’re
softer on set up than most anyway.”
Shorty had a
funny old day yesterday. From a car that was “perfect”
at the start of the first session, “Joao got in it and wanted
to change things – but the track was changing all day, so
by the end we ended up with a car that was just as good as we started
with, on a track that felt different.”
A Racing for
Holland team member has been despatched to Heathrow to collect Jan
Lammers, who has just landed in London after finishing sixth in
the Watkins Glen Grand Am race yesterday. There remains substantial
doubt as to whether he will be permitted to race.
He can race!
“I’ve been given permission to race – and I can
even start the race if Beppe doesn’t want to.”
Thanks as always
are due to those teams who have offered to fly the dsc flag in the
Silverstone 1000kms: a total of more than 20 cars should start the
race carrying our colours.
Next will be
a starting driver list.
The #28 Tampolli has been withdrawn.