Kruse Motorsport - Le Mans Series - Monza Preview
The long wait is over and this Sunday a grid of 48 Le Mans cars will be rushing down the main straight in the legendary Autodromo Nazionale at Monza to kick of the first Le Mans Series race of the season.
Kruse Motorsport, the only German entry in the LMP2 class have just received their brand new Pescarolo, but despite little time for preparation, Team Manager Kai Kruse and his drivers are confident that they can progress quickly during the next weeks.
Kai Kruse (Team Manager): "The last two weeks have been extremely stressful for the entire crew and I would be a liar if I said, that we have completed the amount of testing kilometres we were aiming for. You can always be prepared better but on the other hand side we are are absolutely delighted with the new car. It's a fascinating machine and studying every little detail you can literally feel the spirit of Pescarolo Sport. We know that we are just at the beginning but I am also confident that we can be a serious top challenger very soon."
Norbert Siedler (Driver): "The series looks very professional and people say, that it's stronger than ever. So I am happy to be here. Kruse Motorsport have done a great effort to get the #44 Pescarolo Judd V8 ready for Monza and that gives us the opportunity to score some valuable points right from the beginning. 1000 kilometres are a long race distance but if we manage to do that, we should be able to achieve a reasonable result."
Jean de Pourtales: "I am looking forward to my first race in the Le Mans Series which will be definitely an exciting experience here at Monza. After spending some years in the European Formula 3000 it was time to try something new. These prototypes are fascinating cars and the series seems to be well promoted. So for my debute I am hoping for a troublefree race with no incidents."
Tony Burgess: "For sure there is a lot of work ahead of us but the atmosphere within the team is very positive. I used my first laps in the Autodromo to get comfortable with the car and also the afternoon will just be used to understand the car better."
The team will continue their testing preparations during todays free practice in the late afternoon (5-6 p.m.)