JaguarRSR READY FOR PETIT LE MANS DOUBLE ASSAULT
- 02 October 2010
It has been an eventful week for the JaguarRSR team at Road Atlanta in preparation to run two JaguarRSR XKR GT2s for Saturday's Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda2, the season finale of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
There has been ample on-track time and both XKR racers have had reasonable on-track showings. Ryan Dalziel, Paul Gentilozzi and Marc Goossens have had their time behind the wheel of the #75 car, and new JaguarRSR drivers Tomy Drissi, Butch Leitzinger and Andy Wallace have also had time to get acclimated with the new #33 Jaguar. All are ready, and more than excited for raceday.
Qualifying took place this afternoon and it was Goossens who strapped in the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT2 for the qualifying assault. He completed nine laps around the 2.54-mile track during the 25 minute session, recording the best time of 1:22.898 (110.304 mph). The #75 car will start 13th on the GT grid.
"I had some grip issues, but I could tell that I wasn't the only one out there this afternoon as all the cars were sliding around," said Goossens. "I think it had to do with the warmer temperatures this afternoon, it changed the track some. But my runs went ok. I had battled with some traffic, and was held up a couple of times, but the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT2 was handling well. I think we have a good car for the endurance race tomorrow. By staying clean and driving a smart race, I believe we can have a good result - anything can happen it will be a long race."
The #33 JaguarRSR XKR GT2 has had success in its first initial testing and practice sessions and continues to prepare for its race debut this weekend. Unfortunately, during the morning practice session, it had an oil leak due to a chaffed line. "In examining that problem, we discovered a crack in a new chassis component that was built for this car and we are taking the time to address that so that it is good and solid for the race," said John Gentilozzi, JaguarRSR Technical Director. The #33 car did not run laps in the qualifying session, but the car is officially entered to take the green flag but will have to start towards the back of the grid.
There is a 25-minute Warm Up session tomorrow morning ahead of the green flag for the 1,000 mile / 10 hour maximum Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda2. The green flag will fall at 11:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, October 2 with full coverage on SPEED starting at 11:00 a.m. ET. Live coverage also will be available on American Le Mans Radio, as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 245. Live Timing and Scoring, starting line-up and more is available on Racehub at americanlemans.com. International TV coverage: MotorsTv - Live on October 2nd beginning at 4:00 p.m. (UK); 5:00 pm CET.