Britain's Jamie Campbell-Walter battled with both understeer and oversteer in qualifying at the Nurburgring today before taking 8th position in the LMP1 class. His time of 1:46.070 places him on the 5th row of the grid for tomorrow's six-hour ...
Britain's Jamie Campbell-Walter battled with both understeer and oversteer in qualifying at the Nurburgring today before taking 8th position in the LMP1 class. His time of 1:46.070 places him on the 5th row of the grid for tomorrow's six-hour race.
The team faced an extremely tight time frame in which to design, build and develop the new Creation CA/07 car before its racing debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is still learning about its new car and acquiring data on its optimum qualifying and race set ups in varying downforce configurations.
Jamie Campbell-Walter said after the session, "Yes, I'm a bit disappointed with the performance of the car and our qualifying position, especially compared to where we were last year [with Nic Minassian on pole]. But it shouldn't be forgotten that we have done only three test days with the car before we went to Le Mans and you can't really use any data from there as the high downforce package we use here is completely different to what is used in France.
"We came here with lots of optimism as when we tested at Donington and Magny Cours we were able to match our lap times with those of last year's car. But not here. We had understeer problems yesterday which we managed to get rid of this morning, but now have oversteer. In qualifying we had a mixture of both! We need to find a better balance to get the car and tyres working together in order to get a good lap time. We've seen some stuff on the data which will help us to improve the car for the race tomorrow so that's what we'll working towards -- a good, consistent race car."
Team Principal Ian Bickerton was philosophical about Creation's qualifying performance, although again his realism was tinged with disappointment. "It's a new car and we're still finding out about it, though I'm a bit worried we can't find the 1:44.8 we did last year," said Bickerton. "We've solved a lot of the understeer we had yesterday and I'm confident we've got a good race car. Jamie is doing a good job here, and will start the race tomorrow. Felipe, who works very well with JC-W and who is driving better than ever, will follow on, with Shinji taking over from him. It's quite a challenge to give three drivers enough time in the car during practice sessions, but Shinji had a good number of laps in the car this morning so he's feeling much more comfortable."