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
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.
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.
(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
All 36 cars
set a time.
drivers yet, but we’ll have those posted asap.
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
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
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."
is for the clouds to lift, and this team is certainly hoping that
MenX has sorted out its lack of telemetry etc., thanks to Teena
at Creation. The Ferrari now has data logging and a dashboard that
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.
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".
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.