LMS - Istanbul 1000 Kms - Saturday Lunchtime
No, not Thierry
Perrier’s team, we haven’t caught up with them yet.
But in the rush to write about what is going on, almost as it happens,
it’s sometimes hard to step back and see the bigger picture.
Such as the
fact that in yesterday’s first session of this event. Judd-engined
cars were 1-2-3 in LMP1 and 1-3-4-5 in LMP2.
version of the Engine Developments GV5 is certainly playing its
part at Pescarolo Sport.
“On the straights here we are faster than last year, with
the same downforce. That is because of the new aero we have on the
car but also the revised engine.
difficult to quantify: on a track like this you don’t feel
it like you do at Le Mans. We’ll feel it on the straights
was cautiously optimistic about the chances of the French team taking
on the Audi R10s. “We won’t know how competitive we
are until we get to Le Mans…”
Henri Pescarolo: “We have worked very had over the winter,
but I don’t know if it is enough to beat the Audis.”
What a story
it will be if the green cars can take on the new R10 diesels –
in what will be the last year for the Courage-based chassis.
Henri is suffering a little with his right eye here, after a skin
graft last month – a ‘repair’ that dates back
to an injury he suffered in his big accident at Le Mans in 1969.
There’s a bit of perspective for you.
In LMP2, Martin
Short reckons that “we’ve got a missile – but
as you know, if a part of the car is running well, it’s not
a story.” That was a reference to the 3.4 XV Judd in the back
of his “missile”.
Short has a
problem though: The starter – and it’s probably not
solvable here. “I expect we’ll have a starter motor
problem in the race, and we’re doing our development in public.
But this is really only day 3 (with the Radical), because we did
so little running on day 1 at Ricard.”
A little more
perspective – the fact that “everyone is off the times
of last November, but the track is still very dusty, particularly
added to that comment: “You can’t compare times from
last November to now – although I’d hope to qualify
in the 1:40s.” He set a 1:41.7 last year, although that probably
wasn’t an absolute lap time.
got a quicker car this year.”
A little more
perspective (from M. Short): “Joao was in traffic every lap
in that first session – and we’ve got understeer and
too much rear downforce. We’re changing the front springs
for the second session, and taking off some rear wing. That will
be the first time we’ve really changed the set-up of the car.”
still very early days – in the season, for everyone, but especially
for the Rollcentre Radical (which incidentally is a huge talking
point in the paddock here – as you would expect). Expect more
orders for SR9s…..
We haven’t seen the best of the Chamberlain-Synergy Lola B06/10
here yet, the yellow car suffering a fuel pick-up problem this morning
“but that’s sorted,” says Bob Berridge. He and
Peter Owen and Gareth Evans are enjoying themselves immensely, as
usual, “and spent half an hour yesterday ribbing Warren Hughes
about his driving boots (see below).” Peter Owen has a very
similar pair, but isn’t allowed to wear them!
from yesterday: Vincent Vosse did go out in the Larbre DBR9 –
“I did eight laps”. He’s thoroughly enjoying being
in a top GT1 car, but doesn’t want this entry referred to
as a favourite in the class, “because it is a long race and
anything can happen”.
Garcia / Kinch Aston Martin was fastest this morning, a 1:49.960,
with Palttala next on a 1:51 in the PSI Corvette.
at Dunlop reports that the prototype and GT teams are using tyres
that “we tested at Estoril and then at Ricard. We’ve
developed a new compound and new construction – basically
a new formulation of race tyre. The teams tell us that they have
more overall grip, and the consistency is there even after long
confirmed that with a 1:46 this morning after nearly 40 laps on
the same rubber.
So what about
those Warren Hughes race boots?
first though – Hughes was fastest in GT2 this morning with
a 1:56.445, ahead of the GPC F430 GTC, the Lieb RSR and the Virgo
430 GTC. Pole here in November was a 1:55.1, by the Scuderia Ecosse
360, so the GT2s are approaching lap times from five months ago,
despite the dusty track.
cured it (the bouncing we had yesterday),” commented Richard
Dean, “Allan fixed it.” Allan is Allan Mugglestone.
very different atmosphere in this team this year. “Last year
we spent all our time changing engines, but with the reliability
we’ve got now, we can spend all our time developing the cars.”
And creating a very smart seat for Richard Dean (41).
Chip Lewis from
Elan is here with the team, “just looking after a customer”.
has had a new seat made, and his ribs shouldn’t be a problem.
The team owner reports that LNT has entered the FIA GT race at Silverstone,
“with one car, for Richard and myself.”
So those Warren
Hughes boots. “We call them his Billy Elliott’s,”
says Richard Dean. Notice that “Wazza” can even do the
thinks of the location of this track, there are plenty of happy
faces here – plenty of Turkish Delight, in fact. David Stephens
reckons that “I probably fit in well in Turkey because I ate
a lot of Turkish Delight as a kid.”
The Spyker team
is a happier place today. "Yes, we've fixed it," says
Hans van Rennes. "I'm not sure exactly what they've done, but
it was a set-up change."
No joy at Barazi-Epsilon
though, where problems surround the wiring loom, which will be replaced
PS. The Lamborghini
is out of the event. Some crew members have returned home already,
so we’re down to 36 cars. Why come here without a spare engine?
PPS. There are
spits and spots of rain about for the second session, so we’ll
hope the moisture stays away for qualifying. Meanwhile, we’re
all behind with posting the times. Marc Lieb was into the 1:56s
in the second session, like Hughes - but Tim Sugden was quickest
in GT2 so far here, a 1:56.054 in the Virgo Ferrari. Norbert Singer,
helping Autorlando, is pictured below. Collard and Erdos were fastest
in LMP1 and LMP2 respectively, with a 1:40.625 and 1:43.032 - faster
than the Radical this morning.