The Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R passed scrutineering on Monday morning at the Place des Jacobins in the centre of Le Mans and is now gearing up for action.
After scrutineering drivers Tom Coronel, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Peter Dumbreck, the Spyker Squadron team and the car then went on for the traditional post-scrutineering photo, surrounded by lots of fans and members of the media.
At Le Mans Spyker Squadron will be racing in the Snoras Bank colors again. As a result the C8 Laviolette GT2R will race in the same blue and yellow livery that was used here at Le Mans in 2008 and 2009 and not in the red and black livery that is in use in the Le Mans Series this season.
Like in the Le Mans Series Spyker Squadron will run its 4.0l engine, the 2″ wider rear wheels and the larger air restrictor. This new for 2010 configuration has so far been very reliable and with reliability a key factor at Le Mans the team has high hopes for the race.
Peter van Erp, Managing Director Spyker Squadron: “Last year we finished fifth here at Le Mans after a steady run over 24 hours. This year we need to be consistent again and have to act smart. Reliability and a good strategy are vital for a decent finish in this edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The competition in the GT2 category is very strong this season. I would have preferred some extra testing before Le Mans in order to get even closer to them.”
“It’s good to be back at Le Mans for what will be my tenth 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is one of the top three events in the world, together with Monaco and the Indy 500. You only have one chance for a good result and if you fail you have to wait for another year. That is what makes it a mythical race. Last year we really did well. We finished fifth, ahead of all the Porsches and without any problems. This year the competition is much stronger, but then again, we also have a stronger line-up and our car has been very reliable this season. I think a top 10 position in qualifying should be possible and we should definitely be able to finish inside the top 8 this year.”
“Last year things really went well and we took home a great fifth place. This year we will see some really strong line-ups in the various GT2 cars, but our line-up is certainly among the strongest and we should take some advantage of this. As I did not compete at Spa the race at Paul Ricard was my dress rehearsal and I was really impressed with the pace I had in that race. In the Le Mans Series we had one of the quickest cars after 3 hours of racing and considering this race will last for 24 hours we should be one of the quickest cars again. If we are able to complete this race without any problems we should be able to fight for the top positions again.”
“My guess is that it will be a race of attrition again this year. Lots of things will go wrong at top teams and we should just make sure we don’t make any mistakes and that our car is running at the end. We have three good drivers and if we all drive a steady race, stay out of trouble and don’t push it over the limit we should be able to repeat last year’s result and finish in the top 5 again. It will be a tough fight this year with the strong competition, but with our group of drivers we should be able to do well. As we’ve seen in the Le Mans Series races the race will develop and we will become quicker through the race. We have had a very reliable car so far and our only problems were the results of us being hit by other cars, but the car held well.”
All the drivers taking part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be attending the autograph session in the pit lane on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Free practice for the 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place on Wednesday June 9th. Between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. the teams will be able to go out on the the 13.629 km long circuit for the first time. Between 10 p.m. and midnight the first qualifying session will be held.
Eurosport will broadcast the entire 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as all the practice and qualifying sessions LIVE around Europe.
- Spyker Squadron