Qualifying at a chilly Nürburgring
The first qualifying session is now over at a rather chilly Nürburgring. Our teams and drivers all did solid jobs to put the cars in good positions ahead of tomorrow’s second qualifying, and very possibly the new Top 40 shoot out. Headlines after the break.
|Lexus LFA||#83||1st (SP3)||33rd||08:42.828|
|Toyota GT86||#165||6th (SP3)||135th||10:31.794|
|Toyota GT86||#166||3rd (SP3)||114th||10:13.870|
Toyota Swiss Racing
|Toyota GT86||#200||1st (V3)||152nd||10:55.127|
|Toyota GT86||#201||2nd (V3)||154th||10:56.025|
Fortunately for me, the promise of really poor weather didn’t happen. The air temperature dropped to around 5°C by the time the chequered flag fell to end qualifying at 23:30 CET. At least it wasn’t sleeting and snowing like it was on Wednesday!
Our mechanics – who all have day jobs at Toyota in Japan – demonstrated great precision. This year we are sharing a garage with two other teams with something like five cars and a lot of personnel in the same space. It makes for quite a squeeze. On at least two occasions our team was able to bring both GAZOO Racing GT86′s in for refuelling and pit stops.
We’ll be live again tomorrow starting at 09:35 CET when Qualifying 2 begins. Don’t forget that there will also be a Top 40 shoot out at 18:00 CET which is new for this year’s race. The Top 40 cars will also be equipped with blue flashing lights to alert back markers of a faster car about to overtake. Last year, both GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA’s qualified high up to be afforded this nifty system. LFA #83 is currently in P33.
If you want some background info on our team, have a look here.
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