The Long/Short week of Le Mans

The official team shot after scrutineering at Le Mans

Well here we are and I can’t believe it’s Friday already; it’s been a little bit manic and crazy and the days have just gone by so quickly.  It seems only a few hours ago rather than Sunday that I was getting on the plane with Antonio [Garcia] from Watkins Glen to Paris, then on the train from Charles de Gaulle to come here to Le Mans.

After all the scrutineering pizzaz  on Monday and lots of team meetings on Tuesday, we’ve had ten hours/two days of practice and they’ve just whizzed by.  You always think, ‘ah loads of time to get things done’ but, because it’s such a long lap in terms of time and distance, it just soaks up the practice time.   We had a few practice problems and issues yesterday (Thursday); I had a power steering problem and we also had to change the gearbox so it’s not been completely smooth running but we’ve made some good progress.

It was Jan’s turn to qualify our Corvette – which this year is No. 74 rather than our traditional Le Mans No. 64 – and he set the fourth quickest time in the 18-strong GTE-Pro field.  It’s going to be an incredibly closely-fought class, as always, but I think we’re in a good position where we are.

I think we’d like it to be a little warmer; it would be better for us if it was but we’ll have to see what the weather brings for tomorrow and Sunday.  The team’s getting prepared now and putting the race engine in and we’ll have to see what warm up brings tomorrow morning.

Final words then to Team Manager Gary Pratt who said after last night, “We didn’t really make qualifying runs but focused instead on the race setups.  The track was covered with oil in the final two-hour session, so there wasn’t any reason to try to run quicker. We did a good job on Wednesday night, qualifying the cars fourth and sixth, and those are good starting positions. Now we want to have cars that can run well for 24 hours, so we’ll concentrate on the final prep tomorrow and be ready to race on Saturday.”

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