CLOSE RACING AHEAD The Care Racing supported Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranellos will line up on the second row of the GTS grid for tomorrow's sixth round of the American Le Mans Series after an extremely close qualifying session. The first...
CLOSE RACING AHEAD
The Care Racing supported Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranellos will line up on the second row of the GTS grid for tomorrow's sixth round of the American Le Mans Series after an extremely close qualifying session. The first four cars had just four tenths of a second separating them and an exciting battle between Corvette and Ferrari looks set for the race. Both Prodrive Ferrari cars beat last year's GTS qualifying time by 1.5 seconds, despite there being a reduction in power for 2003 due to a change in restrictor size.
Tomas Enge, who qualified car 88 in 3rd place in the GTS category with a time of 2m02.203, felt he could have got more time out of the car had he not had to take some avoiding action towards the end of his fastest lap. He had a small, damage-free spin during the session, and had done an extra lap to compensate which resulted in him running out of fuel just before the chequered flag.
Car 80, in the hands of Jan Magnussen, ended up just one tenth of a second behind his team-mate, having clocked 2m02.394. The Dane looked to have been on a flying lap when he was blocked by a slower GT car and he had to run wide of the line in order to avoid an accident. It was this incident which Enge came across.
Tomas Enge (CZ), car 88: "It's our first time here so yesterday we were learning the circuit, and then this morning starting to work on set up of the car but still learning. It's a really great track, I like it a LOT! Of course we would have liked to be on the top spot of the qualifying but we are much happier now than we were yesterday because we are much improved and we closed the gap between us and Corvette a lot since practice. We think we've made a good, conservative tyre choice for the race and we know the Michelins always perform well."
Jan Magnussen (DK), car 80: "It was pretty annoying about being blocked as the times were starting to come down but, in the end, I don't think that particular lap would have been much faster. David and I are pretty happy with the set up we've got now for the race so we'll just have to see what happens tomorrow."