Ascari prepares for Thursday qualifying

La Sarthe Circuit, Le Mans, France - 12th June 2002: The Ascari KZR1-Judd of Ben Collins, Werner Lupberger and TJ Bell qualified 15th fastest overall during the first qualifying sessions, and the team is confident of improving that time during...

La Sarthe Circuit, Le Mans, France - 12th June 2002: The Ascari KZR1-Judd of Ben Collins, Werner Lupberger and TJ Bell qualified 15th fastest overall during the first qualifying sessions, and the team is confident of improving that time during the two two-hour final qualifying sessions on Thursday night.

The team worked through a development programme during Wednesday's four hours of qualifying, recording a best time of 3m40.565s though South African Lupberger was denied the chance to go for a quick time by a red-flag at the end of the first two-hour session.

Bell worked through a tyre test during the night-time hours, gathering data on a new rear end that required changes to the set-up in the break.

Ben Collins, Driver, Team Ascari:
"We have a new back-end on the car and we have not had a awful lot of time to set up the car on the Dunlop tyres. We made more changes than normal during the break, and we have found that we are lacking some straight-line speed. We are changing the car and will be quicker tomorrow."

Ian Dawson, Race Director, Team Ascari:
"I was encouraged by the first day of qualifying and believe that a top-ten position is achievable. If Werner was out at the right time at the end of the first session, we feel as though there is a 3m38s lap in the car, which is where we would like to be."

"We have put a further 380kms on the engine today which has now done in excess of 3000km and will change it tonight. It is by no means a fresh engine, and we also have to change the gear ratios for tomorrow. TJ did a night run for Dunlop on race tyres and we are pretty happy at the moment."

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Werner Lupberger , Ben Collins