JaguarRSR XKR GT2 SECURES GRID POSITION FOR THE 78TH RUNNING OF THE LE MANS 24 HOURS
Le Mans, France (June 11, 2010) - The second and third qualifying sessions for the Le Mans 24 Hours saw the JaguarRSR team make valuable improvements from Wednesday. Ryan Dalziel, Paul Gentilozzi and Marc Goossens had adequate time behind the wheel and gains were made in time. Le Mans rookie Dalziel recorded the #81 JaguarRSR XKR GT2's fastest lap of 4:12.431 minutes, putting it 15thin class.
"It has been a difficult couple of days for the entire JaguarRSR team," said Dalziel. 'I think that we are all happy to post a respectable time. We still have a couple of little issues that we are working on, but everyone has worked really hard and we have made some really great gains in XKR. We found a chunk of time on our second day, and we at least earned a window of where we need to be. Considering the experience of the cars in front of us, we are not too far off."
Friday is the calm before the storm. The team will be working hard preparing the car of the grueling 24-hour race, which starts on Saturday at 15h00/3:00 p.m. local time (CEST). The highlight of the day is the traditional driver parade in the town center of Le Mans at 18h00/6:00 p.m.
Saturday's green flag will mark the third start for Gentilozzi as a driver, but it is the first one for him as a team owner. "It has been quite the experience, and obviously we are pleased to be here, pleased to earn a position on the grid," Gentilozzi commented. "It is a long race, we have talented drivers that can go the distance and work the car. Anything can happen. We have a crew of truly dedicated and talented engineers and mechanics. We will be prepared for anything that can happen, and be focused on doing what it takes to make it to the checkered flag on Sunday."