HALLIDAY AND INTERSPORT RACING QUALIFY SECOND IN CLASS FOR LE MANS The Intersport Racing team completed the fourth and final qualifying session for this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans by posting the second fastest time in the LMP2 category. This...
HALLIDAY AND INTERSPORT RACING QUALIFY SECOND IN CLASS FOR LE MANS
The Intersport Racing team completed the fourth and final qualifying session for this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans by posting the second fastest time in the LMP2 category. This means they will start the 74th running of the greatest motor race on earth second in class and 13th overall. The team missed out on pole position by two seconds, over the 13.5Km La Sarthe circuit.
Duncan Dayton took the car out early on and Liz Halliday followed, before Clint Field took over, claiming the team's fastest time in the process.
After yesterday's torrential rain, the times tumbled as the drivers exploited the warm and dry conditions. As expected, the fastest times were set at the end of the first session and the very beginning of the second, as the air cooled and the tyres used for qualifying worked perfectly. However, the margin for a quick lap was very narrow, just one or two circuits and the combination of a fresh track after the rain and heavy traffic throughout posed a problems for many drivers.
Liz Halliday explained; "I only did two timed laps in the first of the two sessions this evening," she said. "To me, the car didn't feel as stable as it usually does and when Clint took over, he agreed. We feel it may be that the tyres pressures climbed too high on the circuit, while the rain also washed the build-up of rubber away, changing the grip levels.
However, following the one-hour break, the car felt much better when Halliday re-took to the track. "The second session showed that we're all on the pace at night. The car felt a lot more stable and that helped the confidence a lot. My pace was a lot better than last year and without the traffic we experienced, I feel I can go even quicker in the race.
"I did almost a full stint, around 10 laps, replicating race conditions and I'm pleased with the result. I think we all are. I feel we're definitely ready for the start now."
Team Manager Brian Alder was also pleased with the team's performance. "Second in class is a good result -- it shows we're right there. The track conditions after the rain last night are a lot different to the test day, so everyone's times are a little slower. But we're right where we need to be. We have a good pace and set-up on the car, so we're ready."
Halliday and the rest of the drivers will now take part in the legendary drivers' parade around the streets of Le Mans tomorrow (Friday) afternoon. This gives the estimated ¼ million fans the opportunity to see their racing heroes close up and personal before the race itself begins at 5pm local time on Saturday afternoon.