Kruse Motorsport combined qualifying report

Kruse Motorsport to start from 9th position after incident in qualifying Kruse Motorsport will start tomorrows 75th edition of the Le Mans 24 hour race from 9th position in the LMP2 class, following damage to the suspension caused...

Kruse Motorsport to start from 9th position after incident in qualifying

Kruse Motorsport will start tomorrows 75th edition of the Le Mans 24 hour race from 9th position in the LMP2 class, following damage to the suspension caused by an incident in the first qualifying session. Even if wet conditions throughout Thursday's session made it impossible to improve their best lap time the entire team keeps motivated and confident that their Kruse Pescarolo Judd V8 will be competitive under race conditions.

Ian Michtell (Team Principal): "We are disappointed that we only managed to do a few dry laps, however on Norberts first and only flying lap he achieved a 3:52 min which was quite impressive. We are entirely happy with the performance of our package and given more running time we would have qualified in the top-3."

Kai Kruse (Team Manager): "We had planned to give three laps to every driver on Wednesday and afterwards Norbert was supposed to do his hot laps. Unfortunately Jean (de Pourtales) had an incident while overtaking a Spyker and this unfortunately cost us a lot of time. However, we are completely focused on the 24 hours and if I had the choice I would prefere to have a successful race rather than to shine in qualifying."

Sean Thompson (Race Engineer): "Norbert only managed to do one flying lap, which was more or less an installation lap as he had to be very smoth with gearbox and engine. I am sure, we would have caused a stir under normal conditions but on the other hand qualifying at Le Mans is more or less a PR exercise. We know from history that we should have a reliable package, so let's start from there with maximum concentration."

Norbert Siedler (Driver): "There is not a lot to say about my session, except that I could have been a lot quicker on Wednesday. Yesterday there was nothing to gain for us, as the track was very slippery and to be honest with you, I would have also loved to do some more laps in the dark. Anyway, I am looking forward to this great race and enjoy the atmosphere."

Jean de Pourtales (Driver): "It was one of these harmless incidents with bad consequences: I was just to overtake a Spyker when an Audi suddenly appeared in my the rear view mirror. I steered the car over a gravel bed, in order to avoid an accident but that place was really bumpy and damaged the suspension."

Tony Burgess (Driver): "Well, I have some experience over here, so I took it quite easy in the practice sessions, as this event is all about being as consistant as possible. I tried to find my own rhythm, avoiding any risks and although we have lost a lot of track time I am still optimistic that the race will come to us."

-credit: km

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Tony Burgess , Norbert Siedler , Jean de Pourtales