Spa 24: CR Scuderia qualifying report

24 HOURS UNTIL THE START In just over 24 hours time the 2008 Total 24 Hours of Spa will get underway and the CR Scuderia team is ready to race. The team had a good run in the two night-time qualifying sessions yesterday and a clear run in the ...

24 HOURS UNTIL THE START

In just over 24 hours time the 2008 Total 24 Hours of Spa will get underway and the CR Scuderia team is ready to race. The team had a good run in the two night-time qualifying sessions yesterday and a clear run in the final session this afternoon. Andrew Kirkaldy qualified the no.56 Ferrari in fourth place and Tim Mullen qualified no.55 in eighth place.

CRS Team Principal, Chris Niarchos, is happy with the team's performance in qualifying and looking forward to the first 24 hour race for his team.

"Overall qualifying went extremely well for us," said Chris. "Pole position was never the objective as we were not driven by the need to be fastest. This is not a sprint race so all you need is a solid starting position and we have got that. We wanted to have a smooth lead up to the race so we can go into it fully prepared for anything Spa throws at us. We have a squad of very strong drivers and a fantastic team behind them all the way so we're looking forward to a great race tomorrow."

James Sutton is the reserve driver in CRS Ferrari no.56. As one of the team's British GT drivers James got the call up to join the team at Spa to provide back-up for Andrew Kirkaldy, Rob Bell and Dirk Mueller. This is James' first time at Spa, his first time in a GT2 Ferrari, and last night was his first time racing in the dark.

"The GT2 car is really impressive," said James. "There are not as many driver comforts as there are in the GT3 car; it is more of an all-out racing car and that is what I love. From that perspective the car really suits me and I have really enjoyed driving it. The atmosphere here is fantastic and it was certainly an interesting experience to drive around here in the dark last night. Eau Rouge is amazing; the compression as you go through it and then the lightness you get as you go over the brow at Raidillon is awesome. I've really enjoyed my Spa experience so far. As a reserve driver I will only race if something happens to one of the others so I'm just off to trip one of them up!"

The 2008 Total 24 Hours of Spa begins tomorrow at 1600hrs local time.

-credit: crscuderia.com

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Dirk Müller , Rob Bell , Chris Niarchos , Tim Mullen , Andrew Kirkaldy , James Sutton