FISKEN CONTINUES TO SHOW PACE IN WORKS COURAGE Gregor Fisken enjoyed another strong performance on his third race, following Le Mans 24 Hours and the 1000 kms of Nurburgring, with the LMP1 Courage works team. Fisken, with French team-mate ...
FISKEN CONTINUES TO SHOW PACE IN WORKS COURAGE
Gregor Fisken enjoyed another strong performance on his third race, following Le Mans 24 Hours and the 1000 kms of Nurburgring, with the LMP1 Courage works team. Fisken, with French team-mate Jean-Marc Gounon and Swiss driver Alexander Frei, finished fourth in the LMP1 class, narrowly missing a place on the podium, and fifth overall.
Gounon started the race from an impressive pole position and lead the early lap of the race. The Ex-F1 driver continued a strong performance despite loosing tyre grip and after a double stint, handed the car to Gregor in fourth place overall. Fisken took over and drove his double stint without any major issues, although after his stop for fuel he incurred a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane and later made contact with a Corvette as he was overtaking the GT1 car. At the end of his second stint, Gregor maintained fourth overall before handing the car to Frei.
Following the race, a delighted Gregor Fisken said: "Like at the Nurburgring, I was a bit nervous as I got into the car. Jean-Marc did a sterling job and I wanted to make sure I didn't let the team down. It wasn't easy during the first few laps as I didn't drive the car during the warm-up this morning and the set-up was different from when I last drove the car yesterday. Also, following Jean-Marc's feedback on the radio at the end of his first stint, the team decided to fit a harder Yokohama tyre compound. It took some time before the tyres got to the right temperature; then I started to set 1min 25s laps and I think I went as low as 1 min 23s, which is good. There was a lot happening on the track, it was very busy with each class racing each other very hard. I kept my head down and made sure I didn't make any mistakes.
"I kept one of the Creations at bay for a number of laps," continued Gregor, "but I made a small mistake under braking, locked up and he passed me. I decided to settle down and I followed him easily. My first stint went really well and I was very pleased with my pace. I decided I was going to try to double stint my tyres -- there were some risks in that but it was the right decision, although they were finished at the end of my second stint!
"I made two mistakes during my second stint and I am sorry for the team. After my stop for fuel, I left in second gear and I had to serve a stop-and-go penalty for speeding in the pit lane. Later on in the stint, I had near miss with the Corvette of Luc Alphand - he didn't see me as I was overtaking him inside a corner. But overall I am happy with my performance this weekend and I can't wait for the final race of the championship in Jarama on 24th September," concluded Fisken.
Team Manager Yves Courage added: "Today was a positive day of the team. To finish fourth in class with a brand new car, new tyres and a new engine is a good achievement. The three drivers did an excellent job and Gregor continued to impress us by setting competitive and consistent lap times during the race. I'm very impressed with him and I look forward to Jarama at the end of September."
-credit: gregor fisken