Podium place at the Silverstone 1000 Km
The Quifel-ASM Team has achieved its target of a podium place in the Silverstone 1000Km race. The third place achieved by Miguel Pais do Amaral and Olivier Pla shows that the Lola BO5/40 ERA has its place in the LMP2 class.
"We are very happy. This is a result that we wanted to achieve before now, and we finally did it," said Miguel Pais do Amaral, adding, "next year we hope to reach the podium on more occasions."
Antonio Simões, the team director also showed how happy he was:
"It's good to see the efforts of an entire team working towards one aim rewarded. Being the only Portuguese team in a race and with a car that is already considered to be out of date, increases our pride in the place we achieved." Olivier Pla, who raced on the English track for the first time behind the wheel of the Lola B05/40 AER, thanked, "the whole team for their efforts, we finally managed to demonstrate the competitiveness of the team."
The Quifel-ASM Team stayed in fourth place in the first two hours of the race, but then even managed second place for a while. The team was pushed back to sixth place following several safety car issues and an electrical problem, two hours from the end of the race.
In the final part of the race the drivers raced very aggressively making up several places and won a more than deserved third place at the end.
Despite starting out in the Le Mans Series 2008 with a technically less developed car, the team made use of its experience in previous years and managed to place fifth at Nurburgring, after racing in third place, and a fourth place at the end of the Le Mans 24 Hour race.