Heylen qualifies eleventh after missing yesterday's session Despite not having the opportunity to qualify on Friday, Jan Heylen ( ...
Heylen qualifies eleventh after missing yesterday's session
Despite not having the opportunity to qualify on Friday, Jan Heylen (#34 Grafiprint / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone) pulled together an eleventh position showing during Saturday's final qualifying session. With a great team spirit, the Conquest Team worked late Friday evening to repair the car after sustaining extensive damage in an accident involving four cars during the first lap of the first practice session of the weekend. Therefore, the Saturday morning practice session was Jan's first opportunity to turn laps in the DP01 at his hometown track.
Jan began with an eleventh place in the morning practice and was able to duplicate the same position on his last lap of the final qualifying session. Heylen and the rest of the team are now looking forward to racing in front of a hometown crowd at Sunday's inaugural Grand Prix of Belgium at the Circuit at Zolder.
"I don't think we were able to get enough laps in today but the team did a great job putting everything back together last night," said Heylen. "We are not too far off the pace but I am definitely a little disappointed with eleventh position. I was hoping to have a better qualifying session here in Belgium after coming off of our best finish of the year at Road America. The practice session this morning went well but we just weren't able to improve enough to make a difference in the final qualifying session."
Eric Bachelart, Conquest Racing Team Owner:
"All things considered we did the best we could with very little track time," said Eric Bachelart, Conquest Racing Team Owner. "We only had one day for practice and qualifying this weekend and had a lot to accomplish today. We were hoping for a better qualifying result but all considered this eleventh position is respectable. The team did a spectacular job repairing the #34 last night and everyone should be commended for their hard work. The race promoter, Meindert Van Buuren along with the Zolder race track management, is doing a very good job of putting this event together and we are looking forward to the race tomorrow."