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Lancaster Confident Despite “Horrible” Qualifying

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Greaves Motorsport’s Jon Lancaster believes that his team can rectify the issues that prevented him from qualifying in the top six at Paul Ricard.

The British driver ended the 20 minute session eighth overall and two seconds off the pace after a tyre issue plagued the squad’s Gibson 015S Nissan on Sunday morning.

“It was a pretty horrible session,” he told The Checkered Flag. “We had a tyre issue and it was difficult to identify how it came about because it was a bit of a shock. Yesterday in practice we were flying and the majority of the car seems okay but we were hampered by two major issues this morning so we’re clarify them and have them fixed for the race.”

“It was a bit of a shock to be that low in qualifying but I’m sure we’ll work to understand why it happened after the race. I’m sure the guys will have it all sorted by the race. We’re going to have a busy afternoon!”

But, Lancaster is confident that his team’s race record, which includes a win at Silverstone, will prevail in the race.

“We’re confident. The race runs that we did yesterday were by far quicker than anybody else’s. If we can fix the issues that we’ve had and regain the grip that we had then I’m sure you’ll see us coming all the way through.”

“Of course we might need a little bit of luck at some points because we don’t want our rivals getting away before we can catch them, but we shall see.”

Lancaster is sharing the car with regular ELMS team-mates Bjorn Wirdheim and Gary Hirsch at Paul Ricard, which hosts the penultimate round of the championship. Greaves Motorsport is currently third in the teams’ standings, 10 points adrift of the championship leading Jota squad.

The 4 Hours of Le Castellet gets underway later today at 13:00 local (CEST).

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