The Reynard 2KQ-LM took to the Silverstone track for the first time this week in readiness for its first British race since its launch in October last year. After the first day of practice and provisional qualifying session the team recorded a lap...
The Reynard 2KQ-LM took to the Silverstone track for the first time this week in readiness for its first British race since its launch in October last year. After the first day of practice and provisional qualifying session the team recorded a lap time of 1:38.07, just over one second off provisional pole sitter, Team Rafanelli with the Lola B2K 10 Judd.
Kieron Salter, Technical Manager, Reynard Special Projects Division, was pleased with the progress that the 2KQ-LM is making, saying, "We've been setting up for Le Mans up to now and for this race we need more downforce, but we've still got the fastest time in a straight line, so the speed is there. We haven't completed the aerodynamic work that we need for this style of circuit, all the focus has been on getting a car that is super-efficient for Le Mans. We haven't had any reliability problems. The gearbox has been very good, gearshift is excellent, we're now looking forward to the race."
Guy Smith, co-driver of the No.24 Johansson Matthews Racing Reynard 2KQ- LM, alongside Stefan Johansson, commented, "We're pleased with the performance of the car so far. Fifth fastest gives us a good shot for tomorrow, but hopefully we can improve in tomorrow's final qualifying session, but our times prove that we're making progress and we're going in the right direction. We haven't got the full aerodynamic package for this race, but there's still more to come. "
John Wickham, Team Manager, Johansson Matthews Racing, adds, "We've gone from 9th, to 6th to 5th in the sessions, so it's getting better and better. For Silverstone there's a few things we could definitely improve on, but between ourselves and Reynard we just haven't had the time to do it. It was a big effort to get it right for Le Mans, so we haven't had a chance to do everything for this race."
<pre> 12th May 2000
Silverstone 500 Provisional Qualifying Times
1 Schiattarella/Radigues Lola B2K/10 1:37.030 2 Brabham/Magnussen Panoz LMP-1 1:37.360 3 Katoh/O'Connell Panoz LMP-1 1:37.485 4 Capello/McNish Audi R8 1:37.495 5 Johansson/Smith Reynard 2KQ 1:38.107 6 Auberlen/Gounon BMW V12 LMR 1:38.697 7 Biela/Pirro/Alboreto Audi R8 1:38.713 8 Blieninger/Simon/Simo R&S MKIII 1:39.046 9 Leho/Muller BMW V12 LMR 1:39.416 10 Tinseau/Goossens Cadillac LMP 1:40.259