CORE hoping to carry on championship leading form

by Joe Hudson

CORE Autosport are hoping to continue their championship leading form as the Prototype Challenge category heats up in Monterey County.

Qualifying a solid fourth place at the hands of Colin Braun, the team will be hoping that their pairing of the aforementioned Braun and Jon Bennett can take their first win of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.

The team were lucky to get out for qualifying, an alternator issue cut short their practice but solid work by the team had the alternator replaced and the car ready to qualify less than an hour later.

Indeed if the race is anything like the qualifying season then sparks are certain to be flying at Laguna Seca. For much of the session Braun was in a four way battle for the pole position and when the chequered flag flew the CORE FLM09 found itself in fourth place.

Braun said: “It was obviously not where we wanted to qualify considering we had good pace in the first practice. In the second practice we had a little mechanical thing to take care of before qualifying that was unexpected. Missing all of the second practice was a challenge going into qualifying. I didn’t see what the racetrack was going to be like or continue to work on our car between practices.

“I think all-in-all, the guys did a great job getting the part changed out. To qualify where we did isn’t too bad considering all that. We’ll look at our stuff, crunch numbers and come up with a good package for tomorrow’s race. It’s a lot different deal come race time. It’s a lot about how you get through traffic and strategy. I think we’ll be in good shape.”

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