Nurburgring: Charouz Racing qualifying notes

Le Mans Series: Skoda Charouz Team To Start From Third The qualification plan of the Skoda Charouz Racing System-Lola/Judd during the third event of the Le Mans Series at Nuerburgring was fulfilled today. The Czech Lola prototype achieved...

Le Mans Series: Skoda Charouz Team To Start From Third

The qualification plan of the Skoda Charouz Racing System-Lola/Judd during the third event of the Le Mans Series at Nuerburgring was fulfilled today. The Czech Lola prototype achieved starting position number three in tomorrow's race. As in Monza, the car is the best of all vehicles with gasoline engine. There were only Peugeots with stronger diesels ahead of the Lola.

The Czech team with international crew Jan Charouz-Alex Yoong-Stefan Muecke proved their qualities during free practice sessions, when they set third fastest time, too. While the practice was three hours long, today the teams had as little as twenty minutes to fight against time. The steering wheel was in the hands of Stefan Muecke, who is at home at Nuerburgring. It was a good choice.

The team stuck exactly to the plans in the perfect qualification. The previous races in Monza and Valencia and the legendary 24-hour marathon in Le Mans two weeks ago worked out well for the team - much more experienced rivals were astonished at seeing the performance of the Prague-based rookie team. This result is just a proof of what the Antonin Charouz-managed team with British and German engineers can do.

The Lola was disassembled completely during the break after Le Mans. Down to the last screw and bolt. The team of engineers and mechanics carried out the same refitting as between the test and start of the French marathon. Practice and qualification sessions have proven the precise work pays off.

The exact strategy for the race will be determined after the morning warm- up; however, the tactics from Valencia seems probable. Which means Yoong first to go, then Charouz takes over and the last two-hour stint is likely to belong to Muecke.

Stefan Muecke: "A fantasy, we're the best of all gasoline cars! And moreover, I set this time at my home circuit. I'm really happy. Not just because of my performance, but because of the great work of the whole team. We're a fabulous gang of Czechs, Germans, Brits, Malaysians - and the team is so professional. I believe for podium tomorrow. I could've been a bit faster today but I had to brake quite heavily behind one of the Peugeots during my fastest lap, during which I slightly damaged one tire."

Jan Charouz: "Our anticipations come true and that's great. I've only had a short stint in the last free practice, Alex had more space and of course Stefan later in the qualification. A compliment to all mechanics and engineers who have been showing superb job since the test before Le Mans. The car's like new, I'm looking forward to the race."

Alex Yoong: "I drove quite a portion in the last practice and I have to say I enjoyed it. Our Lola/Judd is flawless and I've gotten used to the track now. Everything seems to go well for us; we 'only' need to succeed in the race itself."

Antonin Charouz: "We wanted to be third and we are, that means first of the gasoline cars. A reason to be happy. And we're even not that far behind the Pugs, which are a different league thanks to the diesel technology."

Credit: charouz

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Alex Yoong , Jan Charouz , Antonin Charouz