Road Atlanta: JML Team Panoz Friday test notes

JML Team Panoz has kicked off this weekend's Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta with a strong performance in practice at Road Atlanta today. The ...

JML Team Panoz has kicked off this weekend's Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta with a strong performance in practice at Road Atlanta today.

The #11 car of Olivier Beretta and Max Papis was fifth fastest with Beretta stopping the clocks at 1 minute, 14.316 seconds.

After driving with Beretta and Papis at Le Mans, young star Gunnar Jeannette teams up with Belgian David Saelens this weekend.

Jeannette was 7th fastest today after some early brake problems in the session. His fastest time was 1 minute, 16.480.

OLIVIER BERETTA

"It was a good session, the team did a great job as always and we had no major problems.

"We tried a few different tire combinations from Michelin and the car seems to be working well.

"We have a bit of power understeer mainly in the fast and medium speed corners but it has been a very good start for us."

MAX PAPIS

"We showed we had great potential at Le Mans but this weekend will be a totally different race.

"The team is working hard on getting some extra speed out of the car but I think today we showed we are working in the right direction.

"This is a very different race from Le Mans where we concentrated very heavily on braking zones. Here the track is up and down, left and right - you are constantly working hard."

GUNNAR JEANNETTE

"We had to bleed the brakes early in the session but it was good to get out on track and get an idea how the car is behaving.

"We now know a good starting point to work on before qualifying tomorrow but I am quite confident there is still a lot of time to come.

"It is always great to get back out here at Road Atlanta and I am looking forward to tomorrow."

DAVID SAELENS

"I had only done a few laps here at Road Atlanta before so today I just worked on getting in the rhythm and working out where the braking points were.

"Gunnar did a great job in improving the car at the start of the session and we can only go forward now.

"We are going to press ahead in the same direction we are working on with the car because each change we have made so far has been a forward step."

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Saelens , Max Papis , Olivier Beretta