After having their final qualifying session blighted by a gearbox problem JRM bounced back in qualifying for the Six Hours of Silverstone, Karun Chandhok seventh fastest overall, within six tenths of the fastest of the LMP1 privateers.
Though the team – still in the first year of LMP competition- were satisfied with the “solid” session Chandhok ended the session knowing he could have gone faster still.
“Today we were even closer to the front of the field and there was only a hair’s breadth between ourselves and [privateer rivals] Strakka and Rebellion. This is a big step forward over the previous races where we have been a lot further back.”
“We could have gone even faster – I did a 1:46.4 yesterday and I was up on my first two sectors, but traffic in the last corner cost me some time. Although qualifying for a six hour race isn’t the be all and end all, it would have been nice to show our true form.”
Like many of the other LMP teams in the session Chandhok started on intermediate tyres before switching to slick tyres for the final push for lap times. On new rubber the Indian took seven seconds from his intermediate shod mark to a record a best time of 1:46.758.
“A very solid qualifying,” assessed team principal James Rumsey. “We’ve looked genuinely competitive from the start of the event and although we would have liked the qualifying position to reflect this it’s a mark of how far we’ve come since we entered endurance racing at the start of the year.”
Chandhok shares the squad’s HPD ARX-03a with David Brabham and Peter Dumbreck.