Zakspeed Saleen Fastest – Or Vitaphone Maserati?
There are some interesting tables on the MST
website (with all the information relating to the Dijon test
days this week) – and the best sector times tell a slightly
different story to the combined teams posted on dsc earlier today
(a slightly cranky dsc today, alas – with apologies if you’ve
found the service unavailable at times…).
Just looking at GT1 over the two days, and taking
the best sector times in any one session, we find an order that
looks like this (combined times and order in brackets)
1 2 GT1 VITAPHONE RACING Maserati MC12 GT1 1:14.277
2 9 GT1 ZAKSPEED Saleen S7R 1:14.457 (1:14.484 1st)
3 1 GT1 VITAPHONE RACING Maserati MC12 GT1 1:14.476 (1:14.615 2nd)
4 23 GT1 ASTON MARTIN BMS Aston Martin DBR9 1:14.477 (1:14.909 5th)
5 4 GT1 GLPK-CARSPORT Corvette C6.R 1:14.732 (1:14.732 4th)
6 33 GT1 RACE ALLIANCE Aston Martin DBR9 1:15.076 (1:15.297 6th)
7 44 GT1 RACE ALLIANCE Aston Martin DBR9 1:15.243 (1:15.396 7th)
8 24 GT1 ASTON MARTIN BMS Aston Martin DBR9 1:15.789 (1:16.131 8th)
9 5 GT1 PHOENIX RACING Aston Martin DBR9 1:17.209 (1:17.209 9th)
10 11 GT1 BALFE MOTORSPORT Saleen S7R 1:18.098 (1:18.159 10th)
11 16 GT1 ROCK MEDIA MOTORS Pagani Zonda 1:24.453? (1:24.131 11th)
Other than the first three changing positions, and
then the next two too, there aren’t any other alterations
in the order – but the biggest change is that of the #2 Vitaphone
Maserati, from third to first.
Jamie Davies set the #2 car’s best actual
and best ideal times – and that ideal lap, nominally two tenths
quicker than anything else, included a second sector time that was
three tenths ‘off’ (traffic).. so he was potentially
half a second quicker than anyone else.
But as he explains, “you don’t know
what anyone else was doing – whether they were running full
tanks, different tyres – and the traffic was bad both days.
There were a lot of cars out there, and I don’t know who was
in some of them…”
The #2 Vitaphone Maserati didn’t really get
a representative time in on day 2 anyway: “Thomas (Biagi)
drove in the wet on Wednesday morning, because I’ve had experience
already of this years Pirellis in the wet, and in the afternoon,
we concentrated on getting his seat right – I only did a couple
of laps at the end to get some feedback on the seat that we’ll
Jamie Davies reckons that “we won’t
see the true performance of the cars until the first race at Silverstone.”
By then, the FIA GT Bureau will presumably have
analysed the figures from Dijon, and worked out which cars will
carry what handicaps – so that the cars’ performance
will be as similar as possible… so the above is only of interest
for interest’s sake.
We missed out the #5 Phoenix Aston Martin from the combined times
page: it only seems to have run on day 2, and slotted in behind
the other Aston Martins.