Portimao: Spyker Squadron qualifying report

SNORAS SPYKER SQUADRON 1000 KM OF THE ALGARVE QUALIFYING REPORT SNORAS Spyker Squadron will start round three of the five-race Le Mans Series schedule this weekend from the back of the grid. After an engine failure in the third free practice ...

SNORAS SPYKER SQUADRON 1000 KM OF THE ALGARVE QUALIFYING REPORT

SNORAS Spyker Squadron will start round three of the five-race Le Mans Series schedule this weekend from the back of the grid. After an engine failure in the third free practice session, the team did not have enough time to re-fit an engine in time for the 20 minute qualifying session for the 1000 km of the Algarve race that starts tomorrow at 19h15 (GMT).

Both yesterday and today the team spend a lot of time on the track. Both Squadron drivers, Czech Jarek Janis and Dutchman Tom Coronel, went out in the first session, a one hour session at the hottest time of the day, on a reconnaissance mission. Both drivers returned to the box into ecstasy and thoroughly enjoyed the demanding Portuguese track with its blind turns and limited opportunities to relax. To be quick on the track the drivers need to learn a number of tricks or you would be 1.5-2 seconds behind. Towards the end of the session the team discovered a problem with the gearbox and decided to change the gearbox.

Yesterday's second free practice session, a two hour evening session in partly dark and cooler conditions, was fully used by the drivers to further work on their race setup. Their pace was good and the team eventually set the seventh quickest time without simulating a qualifying run on a fresh set of tires.

In a third free practice session this afternoon, Jarek went out and immediately produced good lap times. Tom went in the car next but he had to return to the pit box shortly after with an engine failure. As the team was not able to be ready in time for qualifying, the organisers of the race gave the team permission to start the 1000 km race from the back of the grid tomorrow. Tom Coronel set the quickest time of both drivers and therefore he will start the race tomorrow for the the team. The race will start at 19h15 (GMT) and it will take the checkered flag no later than 01:15 on Sunday. Eurosport will broadcast three hours of the race live on one of their pan-European sports TV channels.

-credit: spyker

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Tom Coronel , Jarek Janis