PIPPA MANN COMPLETES PAUL RICARD THREE-DAY TEST IN FOURTH FASTEST
The 2007 season might have been over, but Pippa Mann did not take a well- deserved holiday - in fact contrary to that, this week she was back at the wheel of the No.20 Cram by P1 World Series car, participating in an official three-day test at the French circuit of Paul Ricard.
Presented with clear and dry conditions for the first day of testing, Mann went out in the morning session on old tyres, and was quickest out off the cars that opted to do the same. In the afternoon, Mann put in another solid performance, and without changing tyres had posted the eighth quickest time of the session. However, before they made the decision to put a new set on the WSR machine, Mann got slightly wide on the exit of turn two, and although she tried to bring the car under control coming out of the fourth-gear right-hander, the young Brit lost the rear end and came to a rest in the tyre wall.
Mann's second day of official testing at the Paul Ricard circuit brought with it more frustration, as the young British driver was forced to sit out the morning session following a failure on the car after yesterday's shunt damaged the rear wing of the Cram by P1 car. With just a couple of hours of afternoon testing remaining, Mann finally got out onto the track and instantly posted the seventh quickest time of the session, behind World Series regulars Bertrand Baguette (Draco Racing), Julien Jousse (Tech 1) and Marco Bonanomi (GD Racing).
On Thursday Mann had a successful final day at Paul Ricard, as the three- day test came to end with the Cram by P1 driver placed fourth in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Posting a quickest time of 1:57.790, just two tenths off Michael Herck (Pons Racing) who managed to grab the top spot, Mann was pleased with the her performance after an exhausting couple of days for herself and the team.
With interruptions on days one and two, Mann was finally able to take advantage of complete morning and afternoon sessions, and tested a variety of setups on the WSR 3.5 car, finding one she was happy with and going on to put it through a comparative race distance.
Mann commented, "We found a setup that suited me, and I just tried to get my quickest time in, early in the session because I knew things would get tricky later on with the usual red flags. Paul Ricard is not one of my preferred circuits, so I'm pleased to have run well here, and I'm looking forward to the upcoming Valencia test."