As always, the weather at Spa has left little for the teams to work with. Both practices were riddled with rain and in qualifying we saw red a few times. Spyker did show great speed and we hope all pans out for them tomorrow. Check out the follow up video on the next page.
SNORAS Spyker Squadron will start from a ninth position on the GT2 grid in tomorrow’s Le Mans Series Spa-Francorchamps 1000 km race. A combination of the new limited free practice scheme, a collision with another GT2 car, yesterday’s rain and a dozen red flag situation prevented the team to properly setup their C8 Laviolette GT2 racer for the 20 minute GT qualifying session this afternoon.
After yesterdays 1.5 hour first free practice, where the team set the third quickest time and the highest GT2 top speed towards the end of the session when the track was still damp, the team continued this morning to improve the setup for today’s mild and dry conditions. Directly after the start of the practice session a code red caused all teams to return to the pit lane. Minutes later green was given and Tom Coronel left the pit lane. In his first timed lap the GT2 Lamborghini driven by Bouchut pushed Tom wide at Blanchimont. As a result Tom spun and hit the wall. The front-left and rear-left suspension was damaged as well as the front bodywork and the new front splitter. There was not sufficient time for the team to replace the damaged parts and rejoin the practice session in time to complete its quest for better times.
So far the Dutch team had not been able to drive more than three laps in a row and the team management decided to also use the 20-minute GT2 qualifying session to continue to work on the setup. Unfortunately also in the short qualifying session, almost immediately after the start, a code red was given because of a GT car that came to a stop on the track. Only after having lost 9 minutes of precious time the session was restarted. After a new in-lap Peter Dumbreck could only do one timed lap and set the ninth quickest time.
Peter van Erp, Managing Director Spyker Squadron: “Setup-wise we know little for tomorrow’s race. We will try to do more tests in the 20-minute warm-up session before we start in the six-hour race. The weekend starts per tomorrow for Spyker Squadron”.
The 1000 km of Spa-Francorchamps is the second round of the 2009 championship and will start on Sunday May 10th 12:50 p.m. CET. The race will be 143 laps or six hours long. Eurosport will be broadcasting the start and finish of the race on Sunday. For Spyker Squadron updates do not forget to drop by our Vimeo and Twitter pages which we will be updating during the race.