Harold Primat Thursday qualifying report


#17 Pescarolo to start on row six at Le Mans 24 Hours

Harold Primat, Christophe Tinseau and Benoit Treluyer will start the 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours from 11th on the grid after the conclusion of qualifying on Thursday evening.

The drivers didn't improve their time, as Christophe Tinseau aborted his best lap after being caught in traffic, but the team were happy with the work they managed on the car's race set up.

Crucially, the Geneva-based Primat also managed some useful night running, after missing out on Wednesday when the session was red flagged. Needing three laps in the darkness hours to meet the ACO criteria to be eligible for the race, Primat comfortably accomplished his goal and was pleased with his consistent lap times.

Primat: "We're pretty much where we want to be. There are six diesel cars we can't compete with, but we're still in the fight with the Courage-Orecas and the Domes. We don't know what will happen with the Peugeots and Audis in the race as they're so desperate to beat each other and sometimes that can lead to problems with reliability. That, on the other hand, is Pescarolo Sport's strength so now we must concentrate on not making any mistakes and the team having a good strategy. Le Mans is about concentrating on your own race."

Tinseau: "We worked mainly on race set up and made a change to the front damper which has improved the front grip. We have car which will be easy to drive in the race, which was the target for tonight. 11th is a good position to start the race."

Treluyer: "The car was pretty good and handled well even with a full tank. I think we're all pretty happy with our set up, and while we're not the quickest car, I'd say it was one of the most comfortable to drive which is the most important thing for a 24 hour race."

Team Principal Henri Pescarolo: "The team has a lot of work to do now in fitting the race engine, gearbox and suspension, but, importantly, the drivers are happy with their car. We are all ready for the race."

-credit: hp

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Henri Pescarolo , Christophe Tinseau , Harold Primat , Benoit Tréluyer