PUNCTURE HALTS INTERSPORT'S CHALLENGE FOR LMP2 POLE POSITION Jon Field's qualifying was abruptly stopped on his out lap when his left front tyre deflated with a puncture. The Intersport Racing lead driver drove back to the pits but was forced...
PUNCTURE HALTS INTERSPORT'S CHALLENGE FOR LMP2 POLE POSITION
Jon Field's qualifying was abruptly stopped on his out lap when his left front tyre deflated with a puncture. The Intersport Racing lead driver drove back to the pits but was forced to abandon the session due to a regulation that states 'no tyre changes allowed under any circumstances'.
As he got out of the car, Jon Field said: "What a shame for the team and the fans! I couldn't even drive a single flying lap. The bad news is that we will be starting from the back of the grid on Saturday morning; the good news is that it should be a good show for the fans as I will be overtaking as many cars as I can to get back to the front where we belong. We proved yesterday that we have a very good chassis, engine and tyre package and I was looking forward to a strong battle with the two Porsches for LMP2 pole position. It was not meant to be today and we will have to do the talking in race conditions now!"
Jon's team mate Liz Halliday added: "It is a shame that Jon couldn't do a single flying lap, but that's motor racing for you! We are well prepared as a team and we should have a strong race. Jon will make the start, then Clint will take over and I will join for the third stint. We will all start with single stints so that we all get a good rhythm and then we will are planning to double sting depending on the way the race unfolds. I am very pleased with the car and the set-up that we have and I look forward to a fun race."
Clint Field said: "We are confident for the race. This year will be different to last year for us as we have been racing the Lola for a year now. We know the car inside-out and we have a fast, reliable package. If I know Jon, he will be back to the front pretty quickly after the start. The race will be challenging this year the competition is really tough with many strong cars, teams and good drivers.
The Intersport Racing team will now prepare for a night practice session this evening, followed by a practice session tomorrow, the race warm-up on Saturday morning, and then the start of the 'Sebring 12 Hours' at precisely 10:43 local time.