Scuderia Ecosse Thursday qualifying report

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED The trick at Le Mans is to finish qualifying in a good position and with the car in one piece for the big race. Scuderia Ecosse duly secured second place on the GT2 grid for the 74th Le Mans 24 Hours and ended the day with...

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

The trick at Le Mans is to finish qualifying in a good position and with the car in one piece for the big race. Scuderia Ecosse duly secured second place on the GT2 grid for the 74th Le Mans 24 Hours and ended the day with the car intact-mission accomplished!

The first two sessions on Wednesday night were wet with heavy showers so the team spent time making sure all three Scuderia Ecosse drivers got out for their three mandatory night time laps and also worked on bedding in sets of brakes for the race. Tonight's sessions were dry and as the night closed in the lap times began to fall. Andrew Kirkaldy set the second fastest GT2 time halfway through the second session with a lap time of 4:04.596.

Andrew Kirkaldy: "Pole position was possible tonight but I had to back off on the straight before Indianapolis on my fastest lap because of yellow flags. We're pretty happy with second though. The car feels good for the race and P2 is fine with me!"

Chris Niarchos: "It was good to get in some more time in the dark tonight and I'm chipping away at those lap times now. I'm really looking forward to the race and know that if I can lap consistently and do a good job for the team I'll be a happy man."

Tim Mullen: "I did very little running tonight as Andrew was doing the qualifying runs and it was important for Chris to have as much time in the car as possible. We did a lot of good work at the test day though and I'm happy with the way the car feels for the race so roll on Saturday!" Stewart Roden: "The guys have done an outstanding job to get us where we are. We decided that one more shot at pole wasn't worth the risk. We're happy to be second after a drama-free session and looking forward to the race."

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Chris Niarchos , Tim Mullen , Andrew Kirkaldy