Catalunya: QUIFEL-ASM Team preview

Promising championship begins this weekend The QUIFEL-ASM team is this weekend due to compete in the 1,000 km Catalonia race, which is the first stage of the 2008 Le Mans Series Championship. The Portuguese team will include, along with Miguel...

Promising championship begins this weekend

The QUIFEL-ASM team is this weekend due to compete in the 1,000 km Catalonia race, which is the first stage of the 2008 Le Mans Series Championship. The Portuguese team will include, along with Miguel Pais do Amaral, French driver Oliver Pla at the wheel of the Lola B05/40 AER, in the LMP2 class.

The event is taking place for the first time on the Catalonian circuit, and is expected to cause serious difficulties in terms of tyre wear, as this is a characteristic of the track, which is located on the outskirts of Barcelona. The latest development to the Dunlop tyres, designed together with the Qifel-ASM Team, will help in overcoming this difficulty.

The Portuguese team is setting off for Barcelona expecting to achieve good results, both in this event and in the 2008 Le Mans Series Championship. However, it is not expected to be easy, as there are an increasing number of teams competing for wins in the LMP2 class. However, everyone will need to adapt to the new class rules for 2008 as the organisers have decided to raise the minimum weight from 775 kg to 825 kg, and reduce fuel capacity from 90 litres to 80 litres.

Oliver Pla, who is racing for the first time with the Quifel-ASM Team Lola B05/40, is confident about the Catalonia race: "I know the circuit very well. I am usually quite fast and it is one of my favourite tracks." The French driver also said he was impatient to test the car out in a race: "We have been carrying out very productive tests since the beginning of the year and I think we are ready. I am expecting heavy competition from our adversaries, but I know that we have a car that is up to vying for a win."

The schedule includes three free practice sessions, two of which on Friday and one on Saturday, with qualification programmed for early Saturday afternoon. On Sunday morning a 20-minute session of free practice will take place before the start of the Catalonia 1,000 km at 10.35 a.m. (Lisbon time).

The start of the 1,000 km race will be televised live, from 10.15 a.m., on the Eurosport channel, which will also broadcast a summary on Monday, 7th April, at 7.30 a.m. The event will also be broadcast live on Motors TV for a total of four and a half hours including the start and end of the race.

-credit: asm.co.pt

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