2005 FIA GT CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 7, OSCHERSLEBEN, GERMANY REITER READY TO RACE "We didn't manage to get the best from our tyres this morning." This was how Reiter Engineering team chief, Hans Reiter, succinctly summed up his team's qualifying...
2005 FIA GT CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 7, OSCHERSLEBEN, GERMANY
REITER READY TO RACE
"We didn't manage to get the best from our tyres this morning." This was how Reiter Engineering team chief, Hans Reiter, succinctly summed up his team's qualifying performance at Oschersleben, Germany, today.
After a disappointing morning session, when the Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT finished in 11th position, the team recovered well to set the 4th fastest time of the second session. Peter Kox gave a strong performance in the afternoon, despite having only done 15 laps around the track previously, to set a fastest time of 1m 24:595.
However, in spite of the improvement, the track temperatures during the afternoon were hotter and the majority of lap times from the competitors were slower than those set in the faster, morning session. There was therefore no movement in the overall positions.
Hans Reiter continued: "We are still learning, but we are improving with every session which is encouraging. We didn't manage to get the tyre temperatures high enough this morning and this affected our performance. I'm not so worried about the race tomorrow as we know, from our practice sessions, that the car works as well with tyres which are used as with new and we will be able to double stint them. It was disappointing today though as we really expected to be able to start a few rows further forward than we are."
Kox's time was an improvement of two tenths of a second over his German team mate, Norman Simon, running on the morning's used tyres. This tyre durability has given both drivers encouragement for tomorrow's 3 hour race. It is expected to be a difficult event for all competitors, due to the tight confines of the track and the extreme difficulty in overtaking, and pit stops and strategy will be key to a good result.