Rollcentre – Estoril Testing Conclusions
We were kept up to date with Rollcentre’s Dallara
testing at Estoril, as far as Monday, thanks to Rob Barff. Martin
Short is now back in the UK, and sends these comments to round up
what was a remarkable test for the British team and its prototype.
covered 1,000 miles in the three days, and we didn’t have
to touch it – absolutely reliable throughout, and I’m
very happy with that.
on the aero work we focused on for the first two days, so the third
day was the chance for us to try out the various Dunlops. Prior
to that, we’d only used worn race rubber, but were very happy
with Joao’s best of a 1:31.4, on 80 lap (that is, well used)
tyres – but still race rubber, we didn’t try qualifiers
– Joao got down to a 1:30.1, but was blocked on that lap,
and again when he set a 1:30.3. We’re happy that we’d
have been in the 1:29s on race rubber.
think Joao was quite pleased to get out of the car at that point,
to give his neck a rest. Of the three of us, I suffered the least
with my neck, but mine is shorter than Rob’s or Joao’s!
prototypes really are an assault on your senses! The car is due
back this evening, and then we’ve got to turn it around so
that it’s at Heathrow on March 10, to go out to Sebring. We’ve
also got a Noble and a Mosler to have ready for Tuesday testing
on the 9th, so it’s all go – but what’s new?
is going to be such a new experience for us, but we’ve got
further than we dared hope to, getting to grips with the Dallara.”
heard how the Sebring circuit is a killer, with stories from Barffy
of how drivers were violently sick in the car from the battering
they got, and as we are already getting a physical hammering in
the car, I am expecting it to be difficult indeed. Survival will
be goal number one, and getting to the finish of this arduous race
will be a massive result for us.”