LE MANS. The G-Force Courage C65 Judd with Jean-FranÃ§ois Leroch, Frank Hahn and Ed Morris will take the start of the 74th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday at 17:00hrs from the 30th place on the grid. The young Ed Morris clocked a ...
LE MANS. The G-Force Courage C65 Judd with Jean-François Leroch, Frank Hahn and Ed Morris will take the start of the 74th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday at 17:00hrs from the 30th place on the grid. The young Ed Morris clocked a perfect 3.56.452 on Thursday and once again proved that he is made of the right stuff. During the qualifying session the team put their full trust in the Brit, a mere 18 years old, and he did not disappoint them. The team based at Alken, in Belgian Limburg, are now calmly preparing themselves for the actual race and hope to cross the finish line at 17:00hrs on Sunday in a good overall place. A résumé of the last few days.
On Wednesday it rained cats and dogs, which obviously brought risks with it. "And I had never driven a prototype under such conditions", the young Brit Ed Morris told us. Nevertheless he put in a 4.48.714 and with that he was faster than 55% of the competitors. It goes without saying that this qualifying time was to be rather premature seeing it was to remain dry weather conditions on the Thursday
In fact the Thursday session did remain dry and therefore everything had to be started from scratch. "Today we are also driving in full race trim," Jeroen Liebens, the team's technical manager told us. "For us there's no sense in trying out crazy things. Our objective is to concentrate on preparing ourselves as well as possible for the race itself, and these qualifying sessions are really no more than a good dress rehearsal" In the end it was Ed Morris who registered an excellent 3.56.452 on the time sheets. "I'm satisfied, but I can still go faster. I obviously lack experience and I'm convinced that things could go better. But we had agreed beforehand that trying to achieve a fast time was not a priority. We are now preparing ourselves for the race and the objective is to score."
A problem free qualifying week: this was the main concern for Frank Hahn and the entire G-Force team after the difficult times experienced during the year. "Indeed", Frank Hahn commented. "This last week went smoothly, we were able to prepare ourselves for the race and all the drivers were able to put in sufficient driving time. In my eyes the actual results from the qualifying sessions are not of vital importance. We can't for example measure up to the Lolas or the Radical that for a major part are already part and parcel of the new generation of prototypes. With a real qualifying set-up you could always end up a little higher in the ranking, but what can we benefit from that?"
"We are now going to carry out a full check-up of the car, iron out a few minor technical matters and only then Le Mans really takes off."