Zytek Motorsport qualifying report

Strong qualifying for Ginetta-Zytek Zytek teams show pace and consistency in LMP1 and LMP2 After Wednesday's wet practice session for the Le Mans 24 Hours, the qualifying session provided the first true opportunity to showcase the consistent...

Strong qualifying for Ginetta-Zytek

Zytek teams show pace and consistency in LMP1 and LMP2

After Wednesday's wet practice session for the Le Mans 24 Hours, the qualifying session provided the first true opportunity to showcase the consistent pace of the Ginetta-Zytek. This was done to an impressive degree in both the LMP1 and LMP2 classes. Whilst attention will always be drawn to one-off lap-times during qualifying, it was the consistence race-pace of the Ginetta-Zyteks that proved most encouraging.

British squad Strakka Racing finished eleventh overall with a time of 3.29.798, proving to be one of the fastest petrol cars, particularly over long runs. The Quifel-ASM entry was the quickest of the Ginetta-Zyteks in LMP2, finishing fifth in class with a time of 3.42.012 just ahead of the GAC racing team Zytek 07S. None of the Zytek teams ran qualifying tyres.

Olivier Pla set the fastest time in the ASM car, whilst Danny Watts was responsible for Strakka's quickest run. Danny, the pole sitter at Barcelona's Le Mans Series round said "I think we're at the sharp end of the petrol race, which is very important to us. I was quite happy with the lap, although there is a little more to come. This wasn't possible due to traffic, but that's the same for everyone here. The car is handling well, the engine is strong and the tyres are good, so we are in good shape for the race."

Team LNT continued to make steady progress with youngest ever Brit to race at Le Mans Nigel Moore improving rapidly throughout the session. Richard Dean was responsible for the team's fastest time and was able to lap at that speed consistently in his first full test in an LMP1.

John Manchester, Zytek Engineering's Operations Director said "Considering none of our teams chose to use qualifying tyres we are pleased with the overall performance of both the LMP1 and LMP2 cars. This is the largest number of Zytek chassis we have ever had competing at Le Mans and we are confident that we can get good results in both categories."

-credit: zytek

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Olivier Pla , Richard Dean , Nigel Moore , Danny Watts
Teams Strakka Racing , Team LNT