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Old 16-08-2008, 14:02
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Qualifying

The #85 Spyker qualified in 7th position, the #94 sister car in 9 th position.

Although the positions might be slightly dissapointing, the times set were really good. If we compare the qualifying times with last years times:

2007 Fastest Ferrari 1:58,930
2007 Fastest Porsche 1:59,070
2007 fastest Spyker 2:01,695

2008 Fastest Ferrari 1:57,897
2008 Fastest Porsche 1:58,080
2008 Fastest Spyker 1:59,613

Than we can see that Spyker made the biggest improvement: 2 seconds quicker than last year

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Old 16-08-2008, 19:06
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Qualifying report

In sunny weather conditions SNORAS Spyker Squadron qualified seventh and ninth for tomorrows Nürburgring 1000 km race. Peter Dumbreck qualified the #85 SNORAS Spyker Squadron car and set a quickest time of 1:59.613, 1.7 seconds behind the GT2 pole position. Benjamin Leuenberger set a best of 2:00.132 in the #94 Speedy Racing Team Spyker.

Both cars run an updated version of the V8 engine in the fourth Le Mans Series round. The typical American V8-sound is no more and has been replaced by a screaming V8-race sound as both the fire order- and crankshaft configurations have been changed. There was also new rubber for the Dutch team; Michelin brought new softer front tires to Germany. The tires do what they were designed for: more grip on the front axle. The team tried them on the #85 car but found that they could not get the car in balance with the rear.

“The times we did this morning with the softer tires were a bit slower than in qualifying so I think we made the right decision to qualify and race with the mediums on the front” said Peter Dumbreck afterwards. “I had a clear lap to qualify and was on the limit with the car. All in all at the best we maybe could have done one position better on the grid. We are less than two seconds off on a two minute lap which is not a bad result at all”.

Benjamin Leuenberger: “Qualifying went quite well. We made a few changes after the third practice to have a bit more oversteer and it certainly was a step in the right direction. The car actually feels pretty good. I tried to push as hard as possible but would have loved to break to two-minute barrier. In the last races we finished twice in a row on the podium and I would be very happy if we could repeat that tomorrow”.

Peter van Erp, managing director Spyker Squadron: “I am very pleased with our results and progress so far. Our times in all the free practice sessions are closer to the competition than at previous races and the engine modification are working quite well and give a good perspective for future races”. He continues: “If we can produce competitive times in the race tomorrow and if we stay out of trouble I think we can compete for a third position.”

The 1000 km or six-hour race will start at 12:05 tomorrow and can be seen on Eurosport throughout Europe. Radiolemans.com also be on-air whilst live-timing can be found on the Le Mans Series website.
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Old 16-08-2008, 20:12
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Lets hope they perform well tomorrow! In that case our trip to the factory monday will be even better
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Old 16-08-2008, 21:00
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1 Farnbacher Racing Ferrari F430 GT 1:57.897
2 Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 1:58.080
3 Imsa Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 1:58.189
4 Farnbacher Racing 997 GT3 RSR 1:58.227
5 JMB Racing Ferrari F430 GT 1:58.769
6 JMB Racing Ferrari F430 GT 1:59.459
7 Snoras Spyker Squadron Spyker C8 Laviolette 1:59.613
8 Imsa Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 1:59.637
9 Speedy Racing Team Spyker C8 Laviolette 2:00.132
10 Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2:00.463
11 James Watt Automotive Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2:00.570
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Old 16-08-2008, 21:29
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There might be a twelfth starter in the GT2 class. Apparrantly the Virgo Ferrari 430 caught fire in the second free practice session. This is really bad luck for this small team since they are leading the championship. They are now trying to rebuild their car and are allowed to start at the back of the grid assuming they finish it in time.
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Old 17-08-2008, 09:15
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Warm up

The Snoras Spyker #85 continued to impress during this morning warm-up session: 4th place! The Speedy sister car was a bit further behind in 10th position, but we have seen them crawling up the field in previous races, resulting in two fourth places in the last two races. So anything is possible!

Since the times are really close, time won or lost in the pits can be crucial for getting a good result. I am happy that the Snoras Spyker crew is the best in the field! If we look at the past, Spyker did always well at the Nürburgring, so it's a circuit that suits the Spyker well. The reliability issues which Spyker had to cope with this season seem to be solved. At least they have not reappeared during this weekend yet. In all sessions, both Spykers were able to maximize tracktime so that looks promissing! The initial target of getting in the top 5 at the end of the race looks very realistic to me. After the promissing first practices a third place was mentioned as being the target now. Spyker did manage to close the gap compared to last year and even compared to the previous races this year so they made a big step in the right direction. I hope the reliability shown in all the sessions so far will also be there during the race. With the field close together, the slick pitwork of the Squadron crew can make the difference!


Warm-up times:

01 - #96 Virgo Motorsport Ferrari 430 GT 1:58,808 (Yes they made it and probably wanted to check the sysytems at full speed, hence the very quick warm-up time)
02 - #90 Farnbacher Racing Ferrari 430 GT 1:59,977
03 - #77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2:01,015
04 - #85 Snoras Spyker Squadron Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R 2:01,059
05 - #76 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2:01,128
06 - #99 JMB Racing Ferrari 430 GT 2:02,020
07 - #95 James Watt Automotive Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2:02,595
08 - #98 JMB Racing Ferrari 430 GT 2:02,607
09 - #91 Farnbacher Racing Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2:03,074
10 - #94 Speedy Racing Team Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R 2:03,662
11 - #75 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2:05,703
12 - #88 Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2:08,778
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Old 17-08-2008, 11:05
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With the race about to start here are the essentials:

live stream: Yahoo!
live timing: Le Mans Series
live commentary: radiolemans.com

Enjoy !
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Old 17-08-2008, 12:12
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Race 1 hour report

We're an hour into the race and the Spyker #85 was in 7th position just before the pitstops. They are not far behind and I expect them to win at least one but maybe two places with the upcoming pitstops. That would put them in 5th position and that's what they deserve on speed alone, but if they are reliable and others fail... The #94 is further behind but they proved in the past that their drivers are both of the same quality as where some other teams have at least one gentlemandriver, so I expect them to go forward as well and improve on their current 10th position!
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