Veloqx Audi Team Well-Placed For Top Result
The Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx R8s line-up in second and third positions on the 39-car grid for the penultimate round of the Le Mans Endurance Series at Silverstone in England on Saturday.
Johnny Herbert qualified #88 in second place after setting a 1min 35.724secs in the opening session on Friday - 1.691secs slower than the Zytek of Robbie Kerr/Chris Dyson (1:34.033) that starts in pole-position for the 1,000km (620-mile race).
Meanwhile Allan McNish moved #8 up from provisional fifth place (1:36.615) to third position in the second, 45 minute time trial with a 1m 36.395secs around the 3.194-mile British Grand Prix track.
In the closing stages of the second session, #88 Veloqx Audi suffered right rear suspension and bodywork damage when Davies was forced off the circuit lapping a back-marker. In the second session, Davies set a 1:39.167 with the pole-sitter on 1:37.656.
Audi R8 - #8 (Qualified -- 3rd, 1min 36.395secs, 119.28mph -- Allan McNish)
Pierre Kaffer (D). Age 27. Born: Bad-Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Ger. Lives: Burgbrohl, Ger:
"I did the majority of laps in each of the two practice sessions so as to learn the circuit - it's only my second visit - while in qualifying, Allan did most of the driving. I found Abbey Corner and the last two bends difficult but gradually, with each lap, I am getting quicker and quicker and now feel confident for the race."
Allan McNish (GB). Age: 34. Born: Dumfries, Scotland. Lives: Monte Carlo, Monaco:
"Qualifying has been a little disappointing but in reality it will not affect our race prospects whatsoever. We made improvements to the car in between the two qualifying sessions. Having won the last race in Germany, Pierre and I will be pushing our very hardest for a second consecutive LMES victory."
Audi R8 - #88 (Qualified -- 2nd, 1min 35.724secs, 120.12mph -- Johnny Herbert)
Jamie Davies (GB). Age 30. Born / Lives: Yeovil, England:
"I've been right on the pace during both practice sessions. We felt that getting pole-position was not worth battling to achieve so concentrated on getting a good race set-up in the second qualifying session. Obviously in terms of the championship, it's vital we get another top result and after Nurburgring, that means repeating our Monza win."
Johnny Herbert (GB). Age 40. Born: Brentwood, England. Lives: Monte Carlo, Monaco:
"My fastest lap during the morning session felt good and fast but obviously compared to that set by the Zytek, it was nothing particularly special. But having seen the Zytek through the chicanes at Monza and Le Mans, we're not that surprised. I'm confident that in the race, the gap will not be as big and it'll be a good race for us again."
Sam Li, Team Principal:
"The Zytek time is a remarkable one and so we decided not to chase them. It was more important for us to get a good race set-up for both of our cars than to fight for pole-position. We completed our programme which was very important. I think the race will be close and exciting and will hopefully result in our third LMES win."