JML Team Panoz preliminary testing final notes

JML Team Panoz completed a solid preparation at the Le Mans 24 Hour test day today but a stroke of misfortune spoiled the team's chances to shock the opposition. The ...

JML Team Panoz completed a solid preparation at the Le Mans 24 Hour test day today but a stroke of misfortune spoiled the team's chances to shock the opposition.

The #11 car of Olivier Beretta, Max Papis and Gunnar Jeannette finished the day in 11th place, but did not get the opportunity to complete a lap on Michelin's super-fast qualifying rubber.

Le Mans veteran Beretta was behind the wheel at the start of his qualifying lap when the cars were red flagged after the Audi of Frank Biela spun on oil dropped by the Pagani Zonda.

"The Michelin qualifying tire is about four seconds a lap quicker but will only last for a lap," Jeannette said.

"You only get one chance on the tire and Olivier was pretty unlucky to get a red flag right at the start of his run.

"But the positive angle was we were able to complete quite a lot of running and evaluate a number of tire and aerodynamic options.

"Putting in a fast time would have been nice, but the important thing was to collect as much data as we could."

The #12 car of Scott Maxwell, Benjamin Leuenberger and David Saelens finished the day in 15th place, recording a fastest time of 3:48.546.

"It was important for David and Ben to get a lot of laps in today to get used to the circuit," Maxwell said.

"For me, it is great to be back at Le Mans because I really believe this is the biggest race in the world.

"We worked pretty hard on taking some understeer out of the car and made a great deal of progress. Reliability was perfect all day and both the cars completed the day without any damage so we are in pretty good shape to come back for the race in June."

The two Panoz LMP-01 racecars will remain in Europe until the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the weekend of June 14 and 15.

LE MANS TEST DAY
1. Kristensen/Capello/Smith Bentley LMGTP 3:34.820
2. Magnussen/Werner/Ara Bentley LMGTP 3:38.385
3. Brabham/Herbert/Blundell Audi LMP900 3:38.769
4. Biela/Salo/McCarthy Audi LMP900 3:39.016
5. Lehto/Pirro/Johansson Audi LMP900 3.39.077
11. Beretta/Jeannette/Papis JML Team Panoz LMP900 3:44.694
15. Leuenberger/Maxwell/Saelens JML Team Panoz LMP900 3:48.546

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Series Le Mans
Drivers David Saelens , Max Papis , Scott Maxwell , Gunnar Jeannette , Benjamin Leuenberger , Olivier Beretta