Tenth overall in first qualifying session for Primat, Tinseau and Treluyer The ...
Tenth overall in first qualifying session for Primat, Tinseau and Treluyer
The #17 Pescarolo 01-Judd of Harold Primat, Christophe Tinseau and Benoit Treluyer set the tenth fastest overall time and the fourth quickest of the petrol-powered cars during Wednesday's first qualifying session at Le Mans.
The car's best time of 3:30.618 was 3.3 seconds faster than its best at the recent Official Test Day, and within touching distance of the leading petrol-fuelled LMP1 cars.
Primat started the session and set competitive times as he worked on the car's race set up during his short seven lap stint. Tinseau then took over and continued the set up work before concentrating on setting a qualifying time at the end of the first part of the session. A time of 3:30.914 was set on soft compound tyres and was bettered by three tenths of a second on qualifying rubber.
In the night time session all three drivers got behind the wheel, but Primat's time in the car was cut short by a session-ending red flag caused by a huge accident for the LMP2 Kruse Schiller Motorsport Lola Mazda.
Harold explained: "Unfortunately I didn't manage to complete my three compulsory night time laps due to the red flag, so I'll have to get those done on Thursday, but apart from that we're looking ok. We've got good straight line speed and our time is closer to the Audis than we expected. The important thing is to have a car which is reliable, as well as comfortable for all three drivers, and I think we've managed that. It's a case of so far so good."
Tinseau admitted that he was slightly frustrated with his qualifying run and hopes to go quicker on Thursday. "I already had a good time in the bank on the soft tyres, but I was a little disappointed not to be faster on the qualifying rubber. I drove a steady out lap, but didn't have enough temperature in the tyres as I started pushing through Terte Rouge. That spoiled my flying lap, but I have two sets of qualifying tyres left and I think we can go up to two seconds faster on Thursday, depending on the weather."
Benoit said: "I drove in slightly strange conditions because I used a very hard tyre for the cold track conditions. It was important to do that though as it was part of our work with the dampers. We still have some slight adjustments to make to the overall set up, but generally the car feels very comfortable to drive."
Henri Pescarolo: "The three drivers all seem pleased with the car and we had no problems at all throughout the session. We got through some important work on the race set up, and the grid position is good, so overall we're happy."
The second qualifying session begins at 19:00 local time on Thursday.