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Old 10-04-2010, 13:20
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Result Qualifying

Jeroen bleekemolen was first in line waiting for the GT qualifying session to start and therefore had the circuit virtually to himself. He opened with 1:59.906 and went faster in his next two laps resulting in a fastest laptime of 1:59.177 for the Spyker, which meant P9 in the GT2 class.

With the differences in the GT2 class still very close (only 1,7 sec. between first and last GT2 contender on a long circuit!) and almost every driver line-up of equally very high quality, pitwork might be the keyfactor for tomorrow's race...

Guess which pitcrew was fastest in class last year

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Qualifying Report

SPYKER SQUADRON PAUL RICARD QUALIFYING REPORT


Le Castellet, April 10, 2010 - Spyker Squadron will start the opening race of the Le Mans Series season from ninth in the GT2 class. Even though several other GT2 drivers improved Jeroen Bleekemolen's time the Dutch driver was satisfied with the result and the progress made by the team during the weekend.

The Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R completed its first laps in the 2010 configuration on Friday during the first free practice session of the season. The team used the entire first session to shake down the car and then started to work on the set-up of the car for the weekend a few hours later in the second free practice session. The team ended the first day in seventh place. During the final free practice session on Sunday morning the car suffered from understeer. After some changes were made the car finished the session in ninth place.

In qualifying Jeroen was the first of thirteen GT2 drivers to start his qualifying run. With a car that handled better than it did in the free practice session he was able to improve his lap time on every lap and on his fourth and final lap he posted a 1:59.117. In the end several other teams were quicker than Bleekemolen's time and when the checkered flag was shown after 20 minutes Jeroen was ninth in class.

Jeroen Bleekemolen: "I think we can be satisfied. The gap to the front isn't that big and we beat some strong drivers. This morning we had a lot of understeer, but the car is now much better and that is really important. The car remains consistent now, so it looks much better now for tomorrow's race."

Peter van Erp, Managing Director: "The car has been completely stripped during the winter break and the first session was therefore used as a shake down. In the second session we started to work on the set-up and we did quite well. It was not easy to find the right balance on the new Michelins, but in the end we were seventh fastest on new tires. This morning things didn't go as well as yesterday. We struggled with understeer during the entire session. We changed some bits for qualifying and we should be satisfied with ninth place, considering the gap to the Ferrari on pole and the cars that are around us. As there are many competitive teams and drivers, we should realistically be able to finish sixth or seventh tomorrow, if we stay out of trouble."

The 8 Hours of Le Castellet is the opening round of the 2010 Le Mans Series season and will start at 11 a.m. local time tomorrow. Peter Dumbreck will take the start for Spyker Squadron. Eurosport will have live coverage of much of the race.


About Spyker Squadron

Spyker Squadron was founded in 2001 to underwrite the performance of the highly exclusive hand-build Spyker sports cars. Spyker Squadron is a dedicated team consisting of engineers, drivers and supporting personnel that develops, builds and supports the Spyker GT2 race cars. The team is based in Zeewolde, the Netherlands, where it has a high-tech workshop to support its operations.

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Qualifying Report GT2 Class

Jeroen Bleekemolen was the first driver to go out on the Paul Ricard track for qualifying this afternoon. With temperatures reaching 25C the track was somewhat slower than it was during the final free practice session. The Dutchman took his Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R around the track and improved his lap time lap after lap. Ten minutes into the session only six cars were lapping on the HTTT circuit but none of them was able yet to beat the time set by the Spyker Squadron driver.

Pierre Kaffer was the first to launch a serious attempt on taking pole position but ended his flying lap one tenth shy of Bleekemolenís time. One minute later Vilander managed to beat it and moved into first place. But Vilanderís provisional pole position would not last long as his team mate Gianmaria Bruni set a 1:57.946, trashing the previous pole time. His fast time led to a Ferrari 1-2-3 with the Felbermayr-Proton number 77 in fourth place.

One minute later Rob Bell moved the Aston Martin Vantage into second place, but the yellow Dunlop sponsored car quickly dropped down the order again when Lietz, Mullen and Vilander improved. Gianmaria Bruni also improved his lap time again, setting an even faster provisional pole time (1:57.850). With only a few minutes left on the clock Richard Lietz took the Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 997 GT3 RSR into second place. Tim Mullen took third.

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