6 Hours of Silverstone qualifying roundup
The rundown of whats been happening of Silverstone this Saturday.
GTE qualifying was a similar to the results of free practise 2 on the Friday. Which sucks for me because Porsche finished well down the order. With Kévin Estre putting it the best lap of the two factory Porsche's with a 1:56:446. The sister car finished at the very back of the GTE PRO grid. Further up the grid Ford and Aston Martin continue to lead the way in terms of pace with Olivier Pla just edging out the Aston martin of Alex Lynn by just 0.078 seconds. Racing should be tight tomorrow. Bad news for BMW fans as both cars are looking fairly uncompetitive this weekend being at the back of the park nearly 2 seconds off the pace of the top guys. lets hope balance of performance will bring them into a competitive position for the next race in the season.
Full load at Luffield.
GTE AM shows Porsche right at the top of the field with Team Project 1 just pipping Dempsey Proton Racing to pole, a 1:59:001 to 1:59:203. All 3 Ferrari's are at the back of the pack showing a lack of pace but should be able to pull something out during the race.
Toyota absolutely blitzed the competition in qualifying with the nearest LMP1 car 2 seconds off the pace. Shame the Toyota's couldn't be closer with the other LMP1 cars but it is what it is. However Jensen Button's performance in qualifying was stellar. He was the fastest Privateer LMP1 car just dipping into the 1:38's with his teams sister car pinching the second grid slot on the second row. Rebellion managed to get the #1 car fixed for the session after Senna's huge crash yesterday. The #1 car will still compete but with a 2 man team, could this is a disadvantage? Both Rebellions will be starting on the 3rd row of the grid. ByKolles also managed to get their oil leak sorted but failed to set a competitive time, but still clear of the LMP2 field. It was interesting to see the setups the teams had gone for. Watching the DragonSpeed car, around Luffield the rear of the car was bouncing all over the place. I think the rear anti-roll bar was far too stiff but it could've been a compromise to gain speed else where but because of the long straight that follows Luffield is a crucial corner.
SMP racing BR1 mid corner.
LMP2 wasn't as close as usual. 5 seconds covered the grid with the Jackie Chan DC Racing cars managing to lock out the front row of the field with the pole sitter managing a 1:44:896. Larbre Competition were miles off the pace. They may have suffered with some issues but the best lap they managed was a 1:49:489. However, LMP2 is in the middle of the whole pack so there is guaranteed action of the race start tomorrow.
Jackie Chan DC Racing being moved from Parc Ferme to scrutineering.
Small LMP Quali snippet
Tune in tomorrow for a review of the 6 Hours of Silverstone. Cheers, Iowan