LMS - Istanbul 1000 Kms - Warm Up Report
Oh No, It’s Cloudy Again!

Does the sun ever reach this part of Turkey, except on a Thursday? Today looks like almost a repeat of last November, although it’s not as cold.

We’ve had some adventures on the roads here, getting to and from the Aden Hotel in Kadikoy, but this morning’s (early) journey in was drama free… until we reached the toll booth exiting the motorway. We’re absolutely convinced that Regis Lefebure’s double (or Regis himself? – we know he wasn’t at Long Beach this weekend) was sitting in the booth, collecting coins. We can also sense Johnny Mowlem chuckling to himself as he reads this…

Regis, are you here, in Istanbul, doing a part-time job? Come on man, own up.

So it’s damp again – and that’s infuriating. Any teams with a wheel shortage could be in real trouble later today.

In a change to form here, we’ve got the Racing for Holland Dome and Bob Berridge in the Chamberlain-Synergy Lola second and third, behind the almost ever-present Pescarolo at the top of the time sheets. The weather may not alter the Pescarolo’s position as favourite, but it could really spice up the action, beginning at 11.30. These three are the only ones under two minutes.

The Radical (fourth fastest…), the Garcia Cirtek Aston Martin and Marc Lieb in the Autorlando Porsche are fastest in the other three classes as the short session comes to a conclusion. Jeroen Bleekemolen is second fastest in GT2, in the #85 Spyker: Hans van Rennes was hoping for rain – “The great equaliser”. Jonny Kane was fourth, the two Dutch cars split by the de Simone GPC Ferrari F430 GTC.

All 36 cars set a time.

No starting drivers yet, but we’ll have those posted asap.

NB. We can add that the Chamberlain-Synergy team has 'rediscovered' the pace in the Lola, Bob Berridge rushing past the pole-sitter past the pits this morning. "The car is very sensitive to set-up," commented Gareth Evans, "and we just went too far the other way."

Mike Pilbeam reports that the Pilbeam had a slight oil pressure issue in qualifyin yesterday, which is why Marc Rostan stopped early on. Pilbeam is very pleased with the revived form of the Pilbeam LMP2, with Judd power.

All's well at Courage Competition. "We don't have any dive planes here and we're still using the 2005 front splitter," says Claude Surmont, "and Mugen is being cautious with the revs we are using - but we are using 250 more than at Le Castellet."

The forecast is for the clouds to lift, and this team is certainly hoping that they do.

Convers Team MenX has sorted out its lack of telemetry etc., thanks to Teena at Creation. The Ferrari now has data logging and a dashboard that works.

Nigel Smith wasn't too happy at Perspective, Rob Wilson having done the warm-up, on dry settings, with wet tyres. "Too much camber." This car is a 2004 ex-Freiinger RSR, with the 3.6 engine.

Jan Lammers is concerned about the starter motor and the wiring in the Dome, and will have a new wiring loom fitted before Spa: Alex Yoon starts this one, the Dutchman badly wanting to bring the car home, "but we'll need some luck".

Anderstorp is a very unpopular track with the teams - if it turns out that the fifth race is there. "We'd rather go testing, go to PLM or go on holiday in Rio than go there. It would be very expensive," said one senior team member.


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