TMC "delighted" after setting fastest qualifying lap ahead of their debut race in Barcelona with the team's two Ferrari 360 N/GT race cars.
Team Maranello Concessionaires' two Ferrari 360N/GT race cars set first and third quickest times in qualifying ahead of tomorrow's opening round of the FIA GT Championship at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona today (5 April). Car number 89, in the hands of Darren Turner, ran faultlessly and posted a class-leading time of 1.45.267. Jamie Davies, in car number 88, experienced a few difficulties with gear selection but still posted a time of 1.46.344 to secure third place on the grid just 0.6 seconds behind the number 50 Porsche 996 GT3-RS.
Car 89 suffered an accident during the closing stages of the second qualifying session but the team expects to have the car repaired in time for tomorrow's race. However, due to an on-track incident, the car will be required to start from the back of the grid.
Darren Tuner: "The car is running really well and I'm delighted to have achieved the fastest lap of the day in N/GT. Our grid position means that we've got a lot of work to do but I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Jamie Davies: "Overall, I had a good session but gear selection problems this morning didn't help me. The problems have been resolved now so Tim and I expect to be right up there at the front. Altogether, I'm delighted with P3 for the first race."
"This performance proves how valuable our test in Estoril was last weekend (29/30 March)," commented Rod Benoist, TMC's Team Manager. "In addition, spending valuable time on the track here in Spain during free practice yesterday enabled us to resolve one or two concerns expressed by Kelvin and Darren. Turner's performance today is testimony to how well the team has worked overnight to improve the car for them. We've also sorted the gear selection issue with Jamie and Tim's car now and so looking ahead, we feel confident about our performance tomorrow."
"The pressure is on us to perform this weekend in more ways than one," continued John Newman, TMC's Commercial Director. "Sky Sports are with us filming for our TV documentary * and 'Evo' magazine are also present to produce their first feature on the team. Our full attention will be focused on achieving a good result here in Spain of course, and with many partners and supporters here too, we want to ensure that we don't disappoint."
* Episode one of 'Ferrari Racing, in Association with Veloqx Motorsport' is scheduled for broadcast on Sky Sports Two, 1420hrs (UK) on Sunday 6 April.