Spyker Squadron will venture into unknown territories this weekend as it takes part in the fourth round of the 2010 Le Mans Series season. The team has travelled to Budapest for the 1000 KM race on the Hungaroring Formula 1 circuit.
The twisty, narrow and bumpy circuit just outside the Hungarian capital will host a Le Mans Series round for the first time in its existence. The drivers will have to tackle sixteen corners on the 4.381 km / 2.722 mi long circuit, that was purpose-built for Formula 1 and opened back in 1986. The fact that the race will finish at night makes it even more interesting for the teams.
As the race will be held in August the team will prepare for a hot and dry race weekend in Central Europe. Tom Coronel, back with Spyker Squadron for the first time after the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has already raced at the Hungaroring before, but Peter Dumbreck and the Spyker Squadron team have not. The team will therefore use the practice sessions to get to grips with the circuit and to work on the set-up of the car.
On Saturday there will be three free practice sessions on the Hungaroring. On Sunday morning the teams will go out for qualifying, followed by a warm-up session and the race The race will start at 4 p.m. and will finish no later than 10 p.m. Eurosport will show the last 30 minutes of the race live around Europe.
Peter van Erp, Managing Director Spyker Squadron: “It is the first time the series visits this circuit so for the team and the drivers there is a challenge ahead to find the right set-up in the three practice sessions. We will have to concentrate on creating a car that will do well over a stint.”