Not more than 4 weeks ago, Oryx Racing took delivery of their Audi R8 GRAND-AM. The R8 GRAND-AM does not come race ready out of the box and with little test data, the Oryx Racing crew put in a great performance. The team placed 15th in the strong and stacked GT field.
“Overall we are very pleased with the result in qualifying” Team Principal and number 1 driver, Humaid al Masaood, commented. “We have had very little running since we took delivery of the car at the beginning of the month so there are a lot of variables we are working with, a new car, a new circuit, a banked section to that circuit and of course a new driver in the team, Saeed al Mehairi. I am delighted with the way the team have responded to some many simultaneous challenges and we have out qualified the other Audi R8 team, APR, so that is very satisfying.”
“Its a long race and really qualifying does not have that much influence on the outcome, its just glory points” quipped Steven Kane. “As long as we keep out of trouble in the first few laps while the field sorts itself out we have as good a chance as anyone. I’m looking forward to getting the race underway and finding out where we really sit compared to the other GT cars”
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