Strakka Racing predicts that its Honda Performance Development ARX-03a’s superb race pace in cooling conditions, as seen during yesterday’s free practice sessions for the 6 Hours of Bahrain and at Le Mans earlier in the year, will play into its hands when it starts Round 6 of the FIA World Endurance Championship at 16.00 tomorrow from 2nd in the Privateers’ category and 5th overall (out of 28 cars).
The track temperature had dropped from 60ºC at midday to 40ºC by the time qualifying started at 16.30 today, and with the temperature continuing to drop rapidly all the time, crews waited for as long as possible before attempting their qualifying runs. Indeed half way through the 20-minute session, only three out of the 18 prototypes (seven P1 and 11 P2) had set a time.
With six and a half minutes of qualifying remaining, Danny left the pit lane for two planned flying laps. The team had managed the traffic perfectly, giving him a clear track in which to run unhindered. He initially set a 1:48.952 lap time before bettering it with a 1:48.446 – both of which were good enough for 2nd in the P1 Privateers’ class, behind the #12 Rebellion.
Danny: “We had great track position in qualifying, but I just couldn’t get the most out of the car. It may have been the worst qualifying laps I’ve done all year, but I think we’ll be right up there in the race. We had mega pace in Free Practice 1 and 2, which took place at exactly the same time of day as the race takes place tomorrow, and our car seems to be really good in cooling conditions. We saw that at Le Mans earlier this year and we saw it yesterday, so it should really suit us in the race.”
Source: Strakka Racing