Silverstone: Second qualifying report

FIA GT Championship Super Pole Second Qualifying Weather Dry and overcast LISTER HEADS THE PACK The Lister Storm team maintained its position at the head of the field during qualifying for the second round of the FIA GT Championship ...

FIA GT Championship
Super Pole
Second Qualifying

Dry and overcast

The Lister Storm team maintained its position at the head of the field during qualifying for the second round of the FIA GT Championship at Silverstone. Jamie Campbell-Walter claimed pole position for tomorrow's three-hour race in his nr 14 Lister Storm. The Briton lapped the 5.14km Silverstone circuit in a time of 1:46.644 seconds to beat his team-mate Bobby Verdon-Roe in the nr 15 Lister Storm by four tenths of a second.

Mike Hezemans was third fastest in his nr 3 Team Carsport Holland Chrysler Viper GTS-R. The Dutchman completed his lap in a time of 1:47.750s, despite the drama of the test sessions and this morning's first qualifying. Hezemans ' team mate Fabrizio Gollin set fourth fastest time in the nr 4 Carsport Holland Chrysler Viper GTS-R, that he shares with Italian Luca Cappellari with a 1:48.113. Andrea Piccini was fifth fastest in the nr 23 BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550 Maranello

Christophe Bouchut, winner here last year, crashed his nr 1 Larbre Competition Chrysler Viper GTS-R during his super pole lap. The Frenchman believed that his car would have been able to snatch pole position from the two Lister Storms, but made a mistake at Luffield corner and spun into the gravel. Bouchut, David Terrien and Vincent Vosse will start from the back of group A, sixth overall on the grid.

Stephane Ortelli recorded the N-GT pole position in his nr 54 Freisinger Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3RS by more than a second. The Monegasque, driving with Portuguese Ni Amorim, set a time of 1:51.973. Johnny Mowlem, the Briton competing in his first FIA GT Championship race of the year in the nr 58 Autorlando Sport Porsche 996 GT3RS, was second fastest, ahead of Andrea Bertolini in the nr 51 JMB Racing Ferrari 360 Modena.

Christian Pescatori had set second fastest time in the class in his nr 50 JMB Ferrari 360 Modena on old tyres, but had his time disallowed as the rear of his Ferrari was found to be too low. The Italian, with co-driver Andrea Montermini, will start from the back of group B, sixth in the N-GT class and in 20th position on the grid overall. Jurgen von Gartzen was fourth in class in the nr 60 JVG Racing Porsche 996 GT3RS, ahead of Adam Jones in the nr 62 Cirtek Porsche 996 GT3RS.


Christophe Bouchut, nr 1 Chrysler Viper GTS-R, Larbre Competition Chereau: "I think I was just too fast. I was determined to catch pole position, I was sure that it was possible but I braked too late [for the left- hand Luffield corner]. Nevertheless, the car is very good. The new engine and gearbox are fantastic and I am sure that we can make a good race. On the straight we have more power but in the corners we lose rear-end grip. The new flat-wing makes the car completely different at the back, you go into the corners and you have a lot of grip but in the middle you miss it."

Mike Hezemans -- nr 3 Carsport Holland Chrysler Viper GTS-R -- "I only just got into the Superpole, so it was good to get up to third. We had to change the car completely for the Superpole, as it was going nowhere, we had lots of understeer. But that was a good lap, and I was really surprised by my time. Normally the Pirelli tyres need two or three laps to get up to speed, so we should be even closer in the race. We've had a hard time so far, with the splitter breaking, then the rain yesterday. Then Anthony spun into the gravel this morning, and filled the car with stones -- but everything has worked out."

David Hallyday, nr 5 Ferrari 550 Maranello, Force One Racing: "We have re-structured the team a lot since Magny Cours. The car is pretty quick but it is not completely developed, we still have 50-60 per cent of the car to be developed. I am getting used to it and I think I had second best time in the wet this afternoon. I am more comfortable in the car so I am pretty happy with the way things are going. We brought the team together in five months, which is pretty quick. Other teams have tested over the winter, but we have not because it came together so late, so when we make a change to the [set-up of the] car, we don't know what will happen."

Jamie Campbell-Walter -- nr 14 Lister Storm -- "This morning was difficult, because of the weather, but we got into the Superpole and had no major dramas. I was worried that it would start to rain again, and there were a few spots of rain when I was going round Club, but it was not a problem. And then I saw Christophe Bouchut in the gravel-- We were faster than in 2001, which may be due to the work we have done over the winter, when we especially worked on the tyres and grip of the car; we've gone to another level altogether. We have a good tyre package, which suits the car more than last year. The new rear wing is less draggy, and gives us more downforce. As for tomorrow, I don't get involved in the strategy -- I just drive !"

Bobby Verdon Roe -- nr 15 Lister Storm -- "That was my quickest lap so far this weekend. It has been great to be able to use Jamie's data and see where he is quicker than me. I am especially pleased as my car does not have all the latest developments that Jamie's does. But Laurence gave me a pep talk before the session and told me not to mess things up. And now we' ve got a Lister front row, which is fantastic!"

Frederic Dor, nr 23 Ferrari 550 Maranello, BMS Scuderia Italia: "Last year there was no competition to Michelin. They supplied 16 cars and there was no competition, no development. This year there is competition from Dunlop and Pirelli and we have to develop the new tyres. Michelin have asked us to test with them for two days but there is no time between now and Brno. The new regulations also mean that the front of the car is raised, we have to ride higher, and the straight rear wing that produces more downforce. We still have the old ones. We have to make new aerodynamic development for the car and we are hoping to have it ready for Brno."

Kurt Mollekens, nr 25 Porsche 996 Turbo, PSI Motorsport: "I think that our race pace will be only one second or so from our qualifying pace, and we are hoping that the others will lose more time. The race should be better for us. We are trying out a lot of things with the car, but they don't seem to be helping us much at the moment."

Andrea Bertolini -- nr 51 JMB Racing Ferrari 360 Modena -- "We did a lot of work on the balance yesterday, and we had a big problem with the engine, so the team changed it overnight. I hope to be able to do a good job in the race tomorrow."

Stephane Ortelli -- nr 54 Freisinger Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-R -- "I think we have started this weekend well. The team did a good job yesterday, and it paid off today with this result. I am very pleased for the team, and it is good that the Porsches are so close. I think it will be an interesting fight with the Ferrari cars."

Johnny Mowlem - nr 58 Autorlando Sport Porsche 996 GT3-R -- "This is the first time I have ever done the Superpole, and I really enjoyed it. It's a relatively simple concept, it's just down to you and the car, with no traffic to worry about. Autorlando have done a fantastic job, and I feel I have fitted in well. I am very happy to have got such a good qualifying position, which is nice for the team, as they are all working so hard. If we manage to finish on the podium tomorrow, it would be excellent. Toto Wolff has been rather unfortunate, as he has not managed to run much; the driveshaft broke when he went out in second qualifying. However, he has been quite close to Philipp Peter's times so I think he should be OK.


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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Andrea Piccini , Fabrizio Gollin , Christian Pescatori , Ni Amorim , Vincent Vosse , Stéphane Ortelli , Jamie Campbell-Walter , Mike Hezemans , Christophe Bouchut , David Terrien , Johnny Mowlem , Frederic Dor , Andrea Bertolini , Bobby Verdon-Roe , Luca Cappellari , Kurt Mollekens , Adam Jones , Jurgen von Gartzen , Philipp Peter , David Hallyday
Teams Larbre Competition