Quifel-ASM shines through the gloom of La Sarthe Ginetta-Zytek's prepare for Le Mans 24 Hours Changeable conditions meant that yesterday's six hour practice for the Le Mans 24-Hours provided an early challenge for the five Ginetta-Zytek's taking...
Quifel-ASM shines through the gloom of La Sarthe
Ginetta-Zytek's prepare for Le Mans 24 Hours
Changeable conditions meant that yesterday's six hour practice for the Le Mans 24-Hours provided an early challenge for the five Ginetta-Zytek's taking part in this year's race. Whilst established LMP2 frontrunners Quifel-ASM showed impressive speed, the need to bed-in parts and drivers dictated a more cautious strategy for the remaining Ginetta-Zytek teams.
Le Mans newcomers Phil Bennett and 17-year old Nigel Moore completed their mandatory 10 'rookie' laps in the Barazi-Epsilon LMP2 and Team LNT LMP1 respectively.
In the LMP2 class, the GZ09S of Quifel-ASM finished in a highly competitive third place proving yet again the speed of the Repton-built car. Joining ASM regulars Miguel Amaral and Olivier Pla was 2003 Le Mans winner Guy Smith. The team completed a total of 40 laps with Olivier recording the quickest time of 3min 56.200 sec.
"I think that we are now really competitive," said Guy. "During the course of the session we have really improved the set-up, now we have a good race car for all conditions. Olivier (Pla) felt the car was impressive and even without running on hot slicks we still finished third in the LMP2 class."
Guy himself focused on a wet set-up and towards the end of the session proved to be the quickest car in the wet; with further poor weather predicted for the weekend this experience will surely prove valuable. The GAC Racing Ginetta-Zytek also proved quick towards the end of the session after a delayed start.
Despite this impressive start, the ASM team is not underestimating the challenge ahead, "Every time you come here you start from a clean sheet of paper, you build up your speed again and get back your reference points" said Guy. "Even though I have won the race in the past I am still learning. Last year was my first time at Le Mans in the wet so I am continually discovering new things."
With today's qualifying session promising finer weather and a more accurate indication of true pace, the Ginetta-Zytek's should have a chance to build on the promising pace shown yesterday and put themselves in a good position for the main event.