Panoz Motorsports has tough first qualifying

Tough start to 24 Hour Le Mans attack for Panoz squad. Panoz Motor Sports endured a tough start to qualifying for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, setting the 14th and 17th fastest times in tonight's opening session. Both cars were delayed early...

Tough start to 24 Hour Le Mans attack for Panoz squad.

Panoz Motor Sports endured a tough start to qualifying for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, setting the 14th and 17th fastest times in tonight's opening session.

Both cars were delayed early in the evening with the #11 car suffering a dislodged brake duct and the #12 machine encountering gear selection problems.

David Brabham stopped the clock on his fastest lap at 3 minutes, 39.724 seconds while Bill Auberlen recorded a quick time of 3:42.038, despite twice being badly held up on qualifying runs.

"The car is suffering from a lack of overall grip at the moment, but the guys are working exceptionally hard at finding some solutions," Brabham.

"We are certainly not where we want to be, but there is another chance tomorrow night to find some more speed.

"When you make a change, sometimes you can find a fair bit of time because it is such a long lap around here.

"The big problem is always traffic, but that is what Le Mans is all about."

All six Panoz drivers were able to complete their required laps aboard the car, including the mandatory three laps in night conditions.

"I had a couple of attempts on Michelin qualifying tires, but both times I got held up quite badly," Auberlen said.

"That was a little disappointing, because the qualifying tire is really strong.

"We will put our heads down overnight and see if we can improve tomorrow night."

The Audi pairing of Dindo Capello/Johnny Herbert and Christian Pescatori set the fastest time of the night at 3:30.347.

Qualifying for the 24 Hour recommences at 7.00pm Thursday night for first of two 120-minute sessions. The cars do not practice on Friday. The race itself, begins at 4.00pm local time on Saturday.

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Johnny Herbert , David Brabham , Christian Pescatori , Bill Auberlen , Dindo Capello