SPYKER SQUADRON SPA 1000 KM QUALIFYING REPORT Spa-Francorchamps, 18 August -- Spyker Squadron today qualified 10th in the GT2 class for tomorrow's 1000km of Spa. For the fourth consecutive year the Le Mans Series, with its field 50 prototypes...
SPYKER SQUADRON SPA 1000 KM QUALIFYING REPORT
Spa-Francorchamps, 18 August -- Spyker Squadron today qualified 10th in the GT2 class for tomorrow's 1000km of Spa. For the fourth consecutive year the Le Mans Series, with its field 50 prototypes and GT's, return to Spa for a race that is normally packed with action. With its fast, hilly and twisty nature the famous Belgian F1 venue, loved by many fans and drivers, is always hard on material and drivers and weather conditions can change by the hour.
In preparation for both qualifying and race, the day started for Spyker Squadron with a third one-hour free practice; the factory Spyker C8 Spyder GT2R, driven by Jarek Janis (CZ) and Peter Kox (NL) claimed an eight position in a field of 19 GT2 cars and positioned itself just behind the C8 Spyder of dealer team Speedy Racing. At ten minutes past three the twenty-minute qualifying session started for both the GT1 and GT2 classes. In sunny and dry conditions Peter Kox qualified the C8 Spyder in a tenth position. The field was really packed; although in its new layout the track is just over 7km, the number six to twelve qualified within the same second.
Peter Kox: "If you compare today's result with last year you could say that we have made a lot of progress. The car feels great and is 1.5 seconds quicker which is quite an achievement. Unfortunately our competitors have made good progress as well".
Peter van Erp, Director Spyker Squadron: "I am quite pleased with our results so far. We have made good progress in the three one-hour free practice sessions this weekend and I really feel we are able to be competitive here at Spa. We have received good feedback from the drivers; they both claim that the car behaves as required, and our lap times confirm this. Peter Kox qualified the car this afternoon, he went out for three timed laps, and his qualifying pace was about 1.5 seconds quicker than last year. There is a fair chance to quickly move up the ladder tomorrow; some teams that qualified in front of us have a lesser competitive second or third driver than the one who qualified today. Tomorrow the Belgium weather services predict a 40 percent chance of rain so, besides our pitstop planning and execution, a good race strategy is essential".
He continues: "I am also pleased to see that the new track layout works out quite well and the new pit complex is great! The ACO did a great job to organize this event; it is packed with great support races and the last race today finishes around 19:30 (!). For us this is almost a home race, it is great to see and meet so many Dutch fans here".
The C8 Spyder of Swiss Spyker privateer team Speedy Racing, driven by Jonny Kane (GBR), Andrea Chiesa (SUI) and Andrea Belicchi (ITA), qualified in eleventh position just seven hundreds behind the factory car.