Team Maranello Concessionaires' two Ferrari 360N/GT race cars set fourth and fifth quickest times in class during qualifying ahead of the seventh round of the FIA GT Championship in Anderstorp, Sweden, today. Car number 88, being driven by Jamie...
Team Maranello Concessionaires' two Ferrari 360N/GT race cars set fourth and fifth quickest times in class during qualifying ahead of the seventh round of the FIA GT Championship in Anderstorp, Sweden, today. Car number 88, being driven by Jamie Davies and Darren Turner, ran faultlessly and Turner posted a time of 1.34.100. Car number 89, now in the hands of Kelvin Burt and Tim Mullen, also encountered no dramas and posted an almost identical time of 1.34.143 to secure fifth place in class on the grid. Kelvin Burt, who celebrates his birthday tomorrow, was responsible for this achievement.
The practice sessions yesterday saw car 88 just a few tenths behind the quickest car during the morning, and on top of the time sheets during the afternoon. As the team has not raced at Anderstorp before, a great deal of time during practice and in qualifying was spent refining both cars' set-up. TMC's engineers are confident that they can further refine the cars' dynamics this evening in preparation for tomorrow's race.
TMC currently lie second in the Teams' Classification with 42 points and N/GT Championship hopefuls Jamie Davies and Tim Mullen are fourth and fifth respectively in the Drivers' Championship. With 10 points available to the winning driver this weekend, a good result is important in Anderstorp to ensure that Davies and Mullen maintain momentum in their battle for Championship honours.
Darren Turner: "The car is running really well and I'm confident that we can close the gap on the quickest cars. I had a spin at the beginning of my session this afternoon but the team ensured that I was back on track within minutes. I was then able to complete a lap clear of traffic and further incidents and it all came together. We then chose to withdraw and conserve our tyres. Considering that I've not raced here before, I'm content with the time and with more work tonight on set-up, I'm sure that Jamie and I will be challenging for the lead tomorrow."
Kelvin Burt: "Although I've raced in Sweden before, this is my first trip to Anderstorp. The track has a low-grip surface but even so, I really like the circuit as it suits my style. Our data tells me that, without encountering a bit of traffic on my last flying lap, I would have dipped into the 1.33s and so I'm happier now than I was when I saw the time. The team is still working on the car's balance and we will see what develops tomorrow."
"This performance proves how effective the work we have done with Michelotto (developer of the Ferrari 360 N/GT race car) in Adria recently is proving to be," commented Rod Benoist, TMC's Team Manager. "Not wishing to tempt fate, but we have now resolved our gear linkage issues and the drivers are taking advantage of the cars' new enhancements. Yesterday and today have provided us with an opportunity to work on set-up as we have no previous experience of Anderstorp to call upon. Nevertheless, we start the race here in good spirits with the team highly motivated. We are no strangers to a challenge -- recall our position this time last year in the British GT Championship. We secured victory during the final race and with four rounds of this series to run, we are on a mission!"