FRUSTRATING SECOND QUALIFYING FOR GREGOR FISKEN The second qualifying evening for the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans was a frustrating affair for Courage works driver Gregor Fisken. He drove just his three mandatory laps at night to qualify for ...
FRUSTRATING SECOND QUALIFYING FOR GREGOR FISKEN
The second qualifying evening for the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans was a frustrating affair for Courage works driver Gregor Fisken. He drove just his three mandatory laps at night to qualify for Saturday's race, as the car required considerable work following a team-mate's accident during the previous evening's rain.
The drivers missed the half of the first of the evening's two sessions, while the Courage Competition team finished repairing the LC70 car and replacing the engine, ready for the start of the race. Fisken's team-mate, Sam Hancock, who had missed out on the previous evening's action, took to the circuit first, but soon discovered serious handling issues.
Fisken explains; "When Sam and Alex took the car out, there was a colossal imbalance and that's something that hadn't been diagnosed following Wednesday's accident. So all things considered, the first session was a very big struggle." Despite the handling issues, Hancock posted the team's fastest time at the end of the first session, as most of the other teams also put in their fastest laps. "I think that Sam did a really good time," said Fisken, "considering how had the car was, just two second off our sister car." The time put the team tenth on the grid for the start of the race.
The team re-aligned the car's chassis during the one-hour break but when they eventually retook to the circuit, it was too dark to improve their times. Fisken joined the other drivers in completing the required three laps at night to allow him to start the race before the end of the session. "A frustrating evening, as we wanted to be a bit closer to the other car. However, at least we found and rectified the problems with the car before the warm-up and the start of the race."
Fisken now joins the other drivers for the legendary drivers' parade through the streets of Le Mans, in front of a crowd expected to number into the hundreds of thousands. Then, following the warm-up on Saturday morning, the race will begin at 5pm local time.