JRM enjoyed a positive start to the six hours of Silverstone this weekend, as they proved to be “best of the rest” in yesterday’s practice sessions.
The morning session in particular showed JRM’s potential to cause an upset this weekend, as they set the fourth fastest time behind the two Audis and single Toyota entry and were only 0.714 seconds off the pace. The afternoon session was spent setting the car up for longer runs and ended seventh – but all three drivers were feeling positive after Friday.
“It was a good day all round. We did some different things on set up and then some longer runs with the tyres in the afternoon to see how they would last in the latter part of the race. We’ve still got some work to do on set up, but we are certainly there or thereabouts. We are definitely closer and more prepared than we have been in previous races, which is very encouraging. All the hard work the guys have done in the factory and at the test has helped and I think we’re in good shape for the weekend,” David Brabham said.
“We started the day very encouragingly, picking up where we left off at Aragon. The set up and the improvements we made seemed to translate straight away. The conditions were very different in the second session, with different weather and track conditions and the wind blowing in another direction. This morning we were clearly ahead but now it looks as though it will be a tough battle between ourselves, Rebellion and Strakka, but that is what it’s all about,” added Karun Chandhok who set the team’s best time in the opening session.
“I don’t think we are a million miles away from having a very good weekend.”
“In the first session we were very fast and hooked up. In the second session we tried to test the longevity of the tyres and seeing what the pace would be like towards the end of the race when the tyres are very used. It meant the pace didn’t seem as hot as in the morning but it was a good test to get our heads around what the car will be like towards the end of the stints. I hope tomorrow we will try some newer tyres to see the car in a different light and different situation,” the team’s third driver Peter Dumbreck concluded.