Catalunya: Spyker Squadron qualifying report

SNORAS Spyker Squadron will start from a ninth place on the GT2 grid tomorrow. The Dutch team, with Jarek Janis and Tom Coronel behind the wheel, were unfortunately not able to continue their strong performance in this first race weekend of the...

SNORAS Spyker Squadron will start from a ninth place on the GT2 grid tomorrow. The Dutch team, with Jarek Janis and Tom Coronel behind the wheel, were unfortunately not able to continue their strong performance in this first race weekend of the season and qualified 1,5 seconds behind the GT2 pole sitter. Compared to yesterday and this morning the times of most teams were down, most likely due to the increase of the track temperature.

The day started with clear skies and a temperature of ten degrees centigrade. Today's 1,5 hour free practice session was used to further continue to find a good set-up for the race and this afternoon's qualifying session. Although the team could not repeat yesterday's P1 in the first free practice session, Tom Coronel improved his time this morning by another six tenths of a second and set the sixth time in class.

At three o'clock in the afternoon the team waited for 9 minutes before leaving the pit lane in the 20 minute GT qualifying session. Immediately after Tom completed the first corners he told the team over the radio that the car was over steering a lot in the quick long corners. With four minutes to go Tom set a time of 1:50.380, almost a second slower than this morning. He improved his time a lap later by 2 hundreds of a second to 1:50.180, the ninth time in class.

Tom Coronel: "Qualifying did not go as good as expected. In our quest to go for a maximum result we tried something that did not work as we had hoped for. The car suffered from a lot of over-steer, in particular in long quick corners. The Marc Lieb Porsche also lost eight tenths of a second and compared to last year the gap is much smaller. I am very pleased with the car so far and we know what needs to be done to be quick tomorrow!"

Peter van Erp, Managing Director Spyker Squadron: "We had a good start this weekend and already used two sets of fresh tires in the Friday session. One set was used for a qualifying run that set us on P1 in the first session. We continued to improve our set-up this morning. We decided to choose for a soft stabi in qualifying but unfortunately that did not work out as planned. We know what to do to be quick tomorrow.

The race will start tomorrow at 11:30 CET.

-credit: spyker squad

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Tom Coronel , Marc Lieb , Jarek Janis