After finishing ninth at Le Mans in June Spyker Squadron returns to action in the Le Mans Series this weekend. After races at Paul Ricard and Spa-Francorchamps the third round of the 2010 Le Mans Series will take place at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve.
In 2009 the Le Mans Series raced at the Portuguese circuit for the first time in a race that finished at 01:15. This weekend the finish will again be in the dark, but this time the winner will be known by eleven o’clock in the evening. Track action is limited to only two days this weekend. On Friday afternoon two free practice sessions are planned, followed by a night practice between 21:30 and 23:00. On Saturday morning all teams will be back at the circuit for qualifying. Early in the afternoon a warm up session is scheduled and at 17:00 the 1000 KM do Algarve will start.
After returning from Le Mans the team completely rebuilt the Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R at the workshop in Zeewolde and at Portimão the car will be like new, including a revised rear wheel suspension. Peter Dumbreck and Jeroen Bleekemolen will be driving the car this weekend. Dumbreck and Bleekemolen have not raced at the 4.69 km long Portimão circuit before and will therefore use the first practice session to get familiar with the track.
Last year Spyker Squadron started from the back of the grid but Tom Coronel and Jarek Janis swiftly moved forward to fourth place in the competitive GT2 field before technical issues ended the race just after midnight. This year the team is obviously hoping for a better result.
– Spyker Squadron