Robertson Racing well set following Le Mans qualifying
Vendredi, 10 Juin 2011 14:39
Robertson Racing continued to make positive progress during qualifying for the 79th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours last night with the American squad set to line up 10th in GTE Am for their first tilt at the Grand Prix of Endurance.
Dave Robertson, Andrea Robertson and David Murry all completed their mandatory night time laps during the pair of two-hour sessions at the wheel of the #68 Doran Ford GT.
After making the usual array of technical adjustments on Thursday, which included overcoming a crank sensor issue, the Braselton-based outfit enjoyed a trouble-free combined final four hours of running, during which the Robertsons gained valuable track time on their first trip to Circuit de la Sarthe.
Wednesday saw the car turn a wheel competitively for the first time since the American Le Mans Series season opener at Sebring in March. The team has worked hard since then to improve the Ford’s lighting system for the rigours of Le Mans, while further track time and set-up work on Thursday also helped the drivers feel more confident with the car.
Murry, who scored a GT class podium on his last Le Mans visit ten years ago, posted a best lap of 4m08.208s during his limited time behind the wheel but felt there could have been more to come.
David Murry: “We played with the set-up today and found something all three of us were very happy with. We have a solid race car and Dave and Andrea have got their laps in, so we are now ready to prepare for the race and see what happens. It feels great to be back after ten years away. It’s just as I remember it out there! With a few more laps I could have significantly improved the time but the most important thing is that we are qualified. There’s a whole 24 hours still ahead of us!”
Dave Robertson: “Today was interesting. I need to keep working to improve my times but considering this is my first time here and have had limited track time I’m pleased to have achieved our first objective without any real setbacks. I think we are in good shape, and it was great fun. The car has improved spectacularly over the past two days. In every way we are getting better but I wish we had another day to improve further. I am really looking forward to the race and the improvements we will be making over its course. We will probably be the only team still gaining pace and learning throughout the race.”
Andrea Robertson: “I feel good after getting some mileage under my belt and was very focused throughout, which is of the utmost importance here at night. The car was wonderful and felt great. I’m ecstatic! Having not raced at Le Mans before it’s taking a bit of getting used to but by the end I was really enjoying myself out there. A few more laps to chip away at the time would have been ideal, especially as the car is handling beautifully. That shows we have good tyres and set up. The boys have worked especially hard to improve our lighting system which was really noticeable. I’m looking forward to Saturday.
“I’d also just like to thank the team from the bottom of my heart. They have all my love and admiration. Most of the boys have been with us since 2007 through the ups and downs, the thick and thin. This is the biggest event in Robertson Racing’s history and without their dedication we would not have got this far.”
Friday sees all the teams enjoy a well-earned rest ahead of the evening’s traditional Driver Parade through Le Mans town centre. The cars are back on track tomorrow at 9am for the 45-minute warm up before making final preparations for the 3pm start.
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