Spa: Team Nasamax Saturday notes

Team Nasamax's French driver Romain Dumas set the team's fastest laps early in the afternoon session, which thankfully was dry. After 5 minutes he was 6th with a 2 min 10.223, and then set the best time with 2 min 09.942. Unfortunately, although...

Team Nasamax's French driver Romain Dumas set the team's fastest laps early in the afternoon session, which thankfully was dry. After 5 minutes he was 6th with a 2 min 10.223, and then set the best time with 2 min 09.942. Unfortunately, although a red flag after 10 minutes allowed him to pit for repair work to the rear of the car, and to change tyres ready for a flying lap, another red flag minutes after he left the pits then spoilt his chance of setting a faster time.

Pole position at the last minute went to the DBA 03S Zytek of Minassian and Campbell Walter on 2 min 05.964, followed by the two Veloqx Audis and the Team Goh Audi.

Romain Dumas: 'We've improved the understeer a lot, there is still a little, and the braking is improved. It's the first time we have had the car as good as this - the time could be so much better but there was too much traffic. On my best lap, the WR hit me on the straight before Blanchimont, and the damage to the bodywork unbalanced the car. I know we could do 2.08. The car is easy to drive, and the tarmac is new here so there is a lot of grip.'

John McNeil was pleased with the day. 'The contact with the WR damaged the right rear extension box on the bodywork, an aerodynamic piece, and the car's balance was altered. Romain's time was excellent. We concentrated on race set up, and I think we have a very good race set up now.'

'We will keep to the same driver schedule as Silverstone, with Werner starting, Romain next and then Robbie. We will reassess the plan after the warm up, which we are expecting to be wet! The forecast is for rain tonight and tomorrow, and Spa is renowned for this weather.'

The Spa 1000km starts at 13.00 CET Sunday 12 September, and runs for approximately 5 hours.

-nasamax-

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