Valencia: Charouz Racing qualifying report

Skoda Charouz Fourth row On Grid The Skoda Charouz Racing System-Lola/Judd team set seventh time in today's qualification, which means grid row number four in tomorrow's 1000 kilometers of Valencia. Malaysian F1-expilot Alex Yoong drove the car...

Skoda Charouz Fourth row On Grid

The Skoda Charouz Racing System-Lola/Judd team set seventh time in today's qualification, which means grid row number four in tomorrow's 1000 kilometers of Valencia. Malaysian F1-expilot Alex Yoong drove the car in the qualifying for the second event of the Le Mans Series.

The Czech team, entering Lola B07/17 Judd vehicle, is satisfied with this result. Yoong was given he wheel while the fastest pilot of the trio Stefan Muecke had to take off for Silversone (FIA Grand Turismo) and Jan Charouz is less experienced than the Malaysian star.

The car painted in Czech tricolor was flawless, as it had been in previous free practice sessions - the most important piece of information for the team. Tomorrow's race covers 1000 kilometers, with a six-hour time limit, which offers enough room for tactical progress. Resembling the one in Monza, the Valencia line-up is incredibly packed - total of 47 cars of various classes.

Therefore, heavy traffic is likely to cause big problems on the narrow, rugged and just four kilometers short track. The whole lot quicker LMP vehicles will have to make their way trough the multitude of slower Grand Turismo cars. Alex Yoong will kick off tomorrow, Jan Charouz will get hold of the wheel after two hours, and Stefan Muecke will be the last to go - arriving from Silverstone with a special charter flight.

Alex Yoong: "The main point I see in the practice and qualification is that our Lola Judd is perfectly prepared for the race. If I were a bit more familiar with the car, the time could be even better. But I've had the A1 Grand Prix finals and this is my first time with the Skoda Charouz Racing System-Lola/Judd team; I can't expect my performance to be perfect. However, after the race tomorrow, I will be fully prepared for the peak of the season, the 24 hours Le Mans."

Jan Charouz: "Alex was given way in the practice as he is far more experienced than me - and he did great. I, for a change, had my opportunity in the free practice, and I have to say I felt better and better. I was two tenths of a second per lap behind Alex. There's fantastic atmosphere in the team, we get along very well with Alex and Stefan."

Antonín Charouz, team manager: "I'm satisfied. Our fastest pilot Stefan Mucke couldn't enter the qualification as he had his duties in the FIA Grand Turismo race in Silverstone, which gave Alex a chance. He is more experienced than Jan. We didn't want to push it too hard because the race is very long and we know that except the Peugeots in the first row, we can beat anyone."

-credit: scr

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Alex Yoong , Jan Charouz , Antonin Charouz