Laguna Seca: Creation Autosportif qualifying report

Creation's CA07-Judd made its first appearance at the 2.238 mile Laguna Seca circuit only yesterday, but the team have already made significant strides forward in its development and set up for this notoriously challenging track. While Nicolas ...

Creation's CA07-Judd made its first appearance at the 2.238 mile Laguna Seca circuit only yesterday, but the team have already made significant strides forward in its development and set up for this notoriously challenging track. While Nicolas Minassian qualified last year's Creation CA06/H on the front row of the grid, that level of performance was out of the team's reach for 2007.

Jamie Campbell-Walter qualified the car in 12th place on the grid for tomorrow's four-hour American Le Mans Series season finale with a best time of 1:13.165, but was pleased with the overall performance -- as was Team Principal, Ian Bickerton.

"Twelfth position doesn't sound very good but we are seven tenths of a second quicker than we were this time last year. What's pleasing is that we are ahead of a car which is supposed to be the fastest LMP2 car in Europe on a Michelin tyre. Shimoda is no slouch, and Jamie turned it on today. I'm very pleased with that and he did a good job. The position is nothing to get too revved up, about but we will race well. Harold is going to start the race, which should be good fun, and he will do a sterling job there. Let's see what happens tomorrow."

With a great many red flag interruptions to every session so far, mostly due to the sandy, slippery track which has caused drivers to go off course, Jamie Campbell-Walter was thankful that qualifying was green for the whole 20 minute session. "I think the track is very dirty and sandy and has been in every session; you can see when you follow a car the sand wavering around in the air behind it. For sure though we've gone seven tenths of a second quicker than last year. Looking at the high speed corner data from last year, we have definitely improved the car, mostly thanks to the new third spring package. One thing I have noticed is that we are bit slower in the slow corners which is maybe due to the longer wheel base which might make it a bit less agile through the slower stuff. Also we are on a different tyre, but I don't know if that has affected it or not. For sure we are happier with the set up than when we first got here, and I think we have a good race car."

Harold Primat added his views to those of his team mate. "It's nice to be back in front of the American public again. We are back here and doing our best but it's much more difficult to be competitive here than it was last year. The level went up a lot with the Porsches and Acuras and, obviously, Audi, so we are not looking for the same kind of result as we had last year. We are still going to give it a good go and look for a good overall performance like at Road Atlanta, and something might still be possible. It's a very tricky track, with really tight racing so a lot of things are probably going to happen. Even how Jamie qualified, the car is pretty good at the moment so it will be interesting to have a good consistent race and see what comes from that."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Nicolas Minassian , Jamie Campbell-Walter , Harold Primat