Silverstone: Spyker Squadron qualifying report

In the last European round of the Le Mans Series, the 1000km of Silverstone, the Spyker's qualified 3rd and 5th in a packed GT2 field of eighteen cars. In good weather conditions, 22 degrees centigrade and clear skies, Peter Dumbreck (GBR)...

In the last European round of the Le Mans Series, the 1000km of Silverstone, the Spyker's qualified 3rd and 5th in a packed GT2 field of eighteen cars. In good weather conditions, 22 degrees centigrade and clear skies, Peter Dumbreck (GBR) qualified the Spyker Squadron car in a fifth position. The sister-Spyker C8 Spyder, entered by Swiss dealer team Speedy Racing, was qualified in third position by Jonny Kane (GBR), only two tenths behind the number two in class. This weekend Dutchman Mike Hezemans will partner Peter Dumbreck in the number 85 car. Jonny's partners in the number 94 C8 Spyder are Speedy-regulars Andrea Chiesa (SUI) and Andrea Belicchi (ITA).

As early as Friday the Dutch team was able to show its pace. In the second practice session the Speedy car produced a third quickest time followed by a third quickest time for the factory car in the third free practice session. This afternoon the team proved that also competitive times could be set in the twenty-minute GT1 and GT2 qualifying session.

Peter van Erp, director Spyker Squadron: "I am very happy with our competitiveness so far. We have not only closed the gap with the rest of the field but, with the pace we have showed so far this weekend, we have turned into a team that has the right papers to finish on podium tomorrow. After all our setbacks this season, the team really deserves a podium finish and I am very happy for the team to start from the second and third row tomorrow".

"Dunlop, our LMS tire partner, supplied us with new tires this weekend and these are working quite well. Because of the new rubber, not simply another compound but really an evolution of the tire we were running before, we were able to change the front suspension geometry. This works quite well as can be seen by our lap times".

In absence of Jarek Janis and Peter Kox the team had asked Mike Hezemans and Peter Dumbreck to drive the car this round. Peter Dumbreck completed his first Silverstone laps in the Spyker on Friday morning while he returned from Japan only on Thursday evening after competing in the Japanese Super GT round of Motegi last weekend. Peter van Erp: "It was a bit tough for him on Friday evening but he is picking up so quickly and professionally that I'm very happy to have him with the team this weekend. The same can be said about Mike; he is a GT authority and brings lots of racing experience. It looks like the race will be driven in the same conditions as today. On the tire-side it all looks okay but so much can happen in the six-hour race.

Peter Dumbreck: I think overall it is good to have two Spyker's in top five. I am a little bit disappointed with our grid position because I think we certainly could do the same time as Jonny. I did three laps in the end and I really wanted to only do one. In my first lap there was traffic, it wasn't a very good time so I had to go again. In my second lap it was going well and again same story: traffic. And then the third lap the tires were already starting to go down and that was my fastest lap. So it shows that there was more left with a little bit more A little bit unfortunate but it is more positive that we have two cars in the top-five. I hope tomorrow we have a good race pace and that is all that matters. The race is a long way".

The race will start at 12:00 local time (GMT) and will be broadcast live on MotorsTV.

-credit: spykersquadron.com

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Peter Dumbreck , Peter Kox , Jonny Kane , Mike Hezemans , Andrea Chiesa , Andrea Belicchi , Jarek Janis