Charouz Racing Friday practice report

Charouz Racing Systems LMP1 completes first practice sessions Charouz Racing Systems participated in the two one hour practice sessions that marked the start of the 2008 Le Mans Series. Drivers Jan Charouz and Stefan Mucke have another...

Charouz Racing Systems LMP1 completes first practice sessions

Charouz Racing Systems participated in the two one hour practice sessions that marked the start of the 2008 Le Mans Series. Drivers Jan Charouz and Stefan Mucke have another opportunity for free practice tomorrow before qualifying begins. Sunday will see the first race of the season and the first race for the team's new Aston Martin powered closed cockpit LMP1 prototype In today's sessions, the team finished sixth and twelfth overall.

The team was happy with running and sixth in the first practice session placed the car as the top ranking petrol car in the LMP1 class. Lap times were not priority for the team who worked on the set-up of the car. There was a heavy traffic, as the first round of the 2008 Le Mans Series has a total of almost 50 cars entered over four classes.

Fellow Aston Martin Racing works driver, Tomas Enge, set the fastest time of the GT1 class during the second practice session in the Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9, which he is sharing with Antonio Garcia.

George Howard-Chappell, Aston Martin Racing Technical director: "We worked though a careful programme today of giving Jan and Stefan some time to acquaint themselves with the Aston Martin powered prototype around the Barcelona track, working towards a race set-up and understanding our Michelin tyres. The programme is still in its infancy and we are very short of spares, so we adopted a full no-risk strategy. Quite where we are on pace is difficult to say, but we should get a good idea of this tomorrow in qualifying. The car ran reliably today and we are very pleased with that. Overall I'm happy with progress."

Antonin Charouz, Team principal: "I have been fully satisfied so far. There are a lot of cars out on the track and fast prototypes have to find their way through the slower cars. The prototypes should have more space in the qualifying because the prototypes and GTs will have separate sessions. I believe that we should be the fastest petrol car."

-credit: jan-charouz.cz

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Tomas Enge , Antonio Garcia , Stefan Mücke , Jan Charouz , George Howard-Chappell , Antonin Charouz
Teams Aston Martin Racing