Silverstone: Karim Ajlani preview

Ajlani out to end '09 on a high at Silverstone Karim Ajlani returns to Le Mans Series action this weekend at Silverstone for the final round of the 2009 campaign. The Syrian, who celebrated a second podium finish of the season at...

Ajlani out to end '09 on a high at Silverstone

Karim Ajlani returns to Le Mans Series action this weekend at Silverstone for the final round of the 2009 campaign.

The Syrian, who celebrated a second podium finish of the season at the Nurburgring last time out, will once again partner Frenchman Matthieu Lahaye at the wheel of the #35 OAK-Racing Pescarolo-Mazda for the 1000km race.

"We were delighted with the podium earned at the Nurburgring," said Karim. "The result did a lot of good for the entire team and the timing was perfect just before the last meeting of the Le Mans Series season. Instead of chasing a good result, it sort of came to us thanks to the hard work put in by everyone. The team are even more motivated that ever to finish on a high."

Unlike many of his fellow drivers, Ajlani, who was recently appointed a Hilton Racing ambassador, has relatively little knowledge of the historic Northamptonshire venue after only making his Series debut at the beginning of the year.

"I've only driven there once, in 2005," confirmed Karim. "I remember we didn't get a lot of track time that weekend and didn't actually enter the race so it's going to be a new experience. It was in a GT car anyway so the speed will be a lot greater this time round.

"I'll be there on Wednesday to get a feel of the place and sample the layout in a Radical SR8 which should give me a good idea of what to expect. Everyone else will arrive on Thursday so we will try to be well prepared in advance."

Despite his lack of Silverstone experience, not to mention the possibility of a first wet race in 2009, Ajlani expects to be fighting at the head of the LMP2 field once again. The target: to better that result in Germany a fortnight ago.

"Although it rained at Le Mans in practice, we've not had to race in wet conditions yet. If the stereotypes are true then this could be the first one! There will be a lot of unknowns for me but I'm not too worried and am just trying to keep my focus and stay relaxed," he added.

"There's been no major updates to the car so I'm hopeful that we will be reliable all weekend. That means driving as many laps as possible in practice to get my eye in before enjoying a clean race on Sunday. We are certainly hoping to do as well, if not better than, the Nurburgring.

-credit: karimajlani.com

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Karim Ajlani