Valencia: Spyker Squadron qualifying report

SPYKER SQUADRON VALENCIA QUALIFYING REPORT Zeewolde, 5 May 2007 - Spyker Squadron will start from 11th place on the GT2 grid in tomorrow's second round of the Le Mans Series championship. Spyker Squadron entered one Spyker C8...

SPYKER SQUADRON VALENCIA QUALIFYING REPORT

Zeewolde, 5 May 2007 - Spyker Squadron will start from 11th place on the GT2 grid in tomorrow's second round of the Le Mans Series championship. Spyker Squadron entered one Spyker C8 Spyder GT2R in the 1000 km of Valencia, Spain, driven by Czech Jarek Janis and Dutchman Sandor van Es.

The twenty minute qualifying session was held this afternoon in warm and sunny conditions. Jarek qualified the C8 Spyder with a best time of 1:38.549; roughly two seconds off from the pole sitter in class but only 0.6 seconds from the number 5 in class.

Jarek Janis: "So far the car is running good earlier this week we had some oversteer problems but the team changed the diff and the car handles much better now. It is better to control under braking and it also gives some more grip when accelerating. In the free practice this morning there were many incidents so key tomorrow will be to stay out of trouble. The track is also hard for the rear tires so we have to safe them a bit and make sure they will not overheat".

Peter van Erp: "The field of 16 GT2 cars is very competitive and compared to Monza three weeks ago the gap between the cars is really close the cars from position 3 to 11 are all within a second from each other. As Jarek said the strategy for tomorrow is to keep out of trouble. The stint-length is roughly over an hour and ten minutes which means that due to the character of this track we will not be able to double stint the tires and will change both the tires and driver during every fuel stop. The safety car might play a significant role in the race tomorrow so perhaps the drivers will be a bit longer in the car than planned".

Sandor van Es: "It will be a very exiting race tomorrow I have never competed in the Le Mans Series so both pitstops and the quicker LMP's will be challenging. The LMP1's are okay as they normally have enough speed and power to quickly take over but some of the LMP2 drivers seem to hesitate when trying to take over which will be one of the challenges for me to deal with in the 1000 km race tomorrow. Although I miss the power steering a bit I feel comfortable in the car in the morning session today I was able to produce similar times as my team mates and without giving my 100 percent I could reasonably easy produce 1:40's".

The number 85 Spyker C8 Spyder GT2R will be fitted with a camera for the race, which will start this Sunday at 13:30 CET, and will be screened live on MotorsTV in Europe. Live timing will be available via the LMS website

-credit: ss

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Jarek Janis