Road Atlanta: Zytek Motorsport qualifying report

Having shown their undoubted pace during practice, the two Zyteks making their debut at Petit Le Mans were unable to match this during qualifying. Fuel pressure and handling problems hindered the cars but both teams are confident of again showing...

Having shown their undoubted pace during practice, the two Zyteks making their debut at Petit Le Mans were unable to match this during qualifying. Fuel pressure and handling problems hindered the cars but both teams are confident of again showing their true speed during the race itself.

Following a wet morning practice session, and the threat of qualifying being cancelled due to the poor conditions, the rain eventually ceased in time for qualifying. The Zytek Motorsport #5 07S, driven by the trio of Danny Watts, Stefan Mucke and Jan Charouz, allowed other cars to start the qualifying session, giving the team time to assess the effect of the earlier rain on the track. When Danny took to the track he was recording times in the 1:11 bracket, with much quicker laps expected to come soon. Before the tyres could reach their optimum temperature, he reported a fuel pressure problem, which put a stop to any better laps. The end of qualifying saw the Zytek LMP2 #5 11th on the grid, 7th in LMP2 class.

After qualifying Danny commented, "We are disappointed with the final qualifying result. The car has not been able to show its true potential and we should have been much higher than we are. However, it is a long race and we will be strong over ten hours, the car is easy on the tyres which will pay dividends for the pit stops. I know we will have a better race than qualifying."

The Arena Motorsport LMP1 Zytek 07S began qualifying, the team at that point happy with the set up of the car following consistent practice sessions from drivers Tom Chilton and Darren Manning. This is Darren's first time in the Zytek and he was able to show excellent pace in practice, but in qualifying the Arena car struggled during the session, the rain causing changes to the grip level which affected the setup and ultimate performance of the car. The #10 Zytek will start the ten hour race 12th on the grid, 5th in LMP1 class.

-credit: zytek

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Series ALMS
Drivers Darren Manning , Tom Chilton , Stefan Mücke , Jan Charouz , Danny Watts