Quifel-ASM Team starts in 5th place at Le Mans The Quifel-ASM Team, the only Portuguese team taking part in the Le Mans 24 Hour race, yesterday clocked the fifth best time in the LMP2 class (25th overall) and thus sets off in a good position...
Quifel-ASM Team starts in 5th place at Le Mans
The Quifel-ASM Team, the only Portuguese team taking part in the Le Mans 24 Hour race, yesterday clocked the fifth best time in the LMP2 class (25th overall) and thus sets off in a good position to end the race in one of the top three places in its category.
During qualification the Zytek 09 driven by Miguel Pais do Amaral, Guy Smith and Olivier Pla, had the 3rd best time, but ended the session in 5th place with 3'42.012, a time set by Olivier Pla. Despite the starting positions being less relevant than usual as Le Mans is an endurance race, the 5th place achieved by the Quifel ASM Team will allow the Portuguese team to leave in the same group as the top four in the LMP2 class.
The Quifel ASM Team is therefore confident that it can end this tough race with a historical result for Portuguese motor racing. The car has been prepared to suffer what is the most renowned endurance race in the world.
Antonio Simões said that "despite having the aim of ending the race in the top three places, we are aware of the difficulty for cars in our category to take part in a race as tough as the Le Mans 24 Hours. There are a number of factors that could affect the result of the race, and so it is important to manage the progress of the Zytek 09 well over the entire race."
Miguel Pais do Amaral, driver and team owner said that luck is a deciding factor in the Le Mans 24 Hours: "We believe that we can reach the end of the race in a good position, but in the LMP2 class, the luck factor is also sometimes important in the end. I, Olivier Pla and Guy Smith are motivated and prepared for tomorrow. I'm confident that the Zytek with the help of our excellent technical team, will behave itself during the race and if that happens I believe we can end the race in one of the top places."