Nurburgring: Larbre Competition qualifying notes

Larbre Competition Nurburgring 1000kms qualifying report Hard work from everyone at Larbre Competition was rewarded in Saturday's qualifying session for the Nurburgring 1000kms as Christophe Bouchut put car 50 on the second row of the GT1 ...

Larbre Competition Nurburgring 1000kms qualifying report

Hard work from everyone at Larbre Competition was rewarded in Saturday's qualifying session for the Nurburgring 1000kms as Christophe Bouchut put car 50 on the second row of the GT1 grid.

The team had to battle back after their Aston Martin DBR9 missed the weekend's first practise session on Friday due to a technical problem, leaving them playing catch-up for the rest of the day.

However, after finding a good set-up in practice, Bouchut set a fine time of 1:54.367 in qualifying, good enough for third on the GT1-grid although, frustratingly, still over a second behind the Team Oreca Saleen S7-R.

After stepping out of the car Christophe Bouchut said: "Considering we lost Friday's first practice session, qualifying today has gone well. We weren't happy with the balance of the car yesterday, but found a better set-up this morning. I was pleased with my time but it's going to be very difficult to beat the Saleen in the race tomorrow as they are one second per lap quicker."

Co-driver Gabriele Gardel agreed with the assessment of his French colleague. "Christophe's done a great job in qualifying. Team Modena are three and a half tenths quicker, which isn't a big problem, although, unfortunately, the Saleen is easily one second per lap quicker than us. We are still positive for the race though and hope to score some good points for the championship."

Fabrizio Gollin was just looking forward to getting back behind the wheel at tomorrow's race. "I've only done four laps since yesterday so I can't wait for the race! The team have done a lot of hard work on set-up today and I should get the chance to sample their work in tomorrow morning's warm-up."

Meanwhile car 51 of Gregor Fisken, Gregory Franchi and Steve Zacchia, qualified seventh in class with GT-rookie Franchi at the wheel.

Gregor Franchi said "The car ran well in qualifying and I made sure I didn't make any mistakes. I think I could've been a few tenths quicker, but I lost time in traffic behind a GT2 Ferrari. However the race set-up is good because the car is consistent and easy to drive."

Gregor Fisken praised his young team-mate for producing a lap of 1:55.930. "Gregory hasn't had many laps this weekend so his performance in qualifying was very good. We had a technical problem this morning, but hopefully that is behind us now and we can look forward to a strong race."

Steve Zacchia felt the team had made progress since the last round of the Le Mans Series in Valencia. "The car set-up is much better than in the first two rounds of the championship, so that is promising. We've got a good consistent race set-up and things are looking good for tomorrow."

Credit: larbre

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Fabrizio Gollin , Christophe Bouchut , Gregor Fisken , Gabriele Gardel , Steve Zacchia
Teams Larbre Competition